New World weapon swap bug (abilities queing after swapping weapons) acknowledged, fix in the works

New World is one of the latest entrants in the MMORPG niche. Published by Amazon Games, the title gained massive popularity when it was launched in September last year.

Within a few hours of its launch, New World went on to become one of the most played games on Steam. However, the game failed to retain its user base and has lost the majority of its player base in the last few months.


One of the main reasons why gamers suddenly lost interest is because of bugs and glitches making it unplayable. Many recently complained about the chat being broken after Outpost Rush and the Baetylus Headpiece quest not progressing.

And as if this wasn’t enough, New World players are now reporting (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10) that the new weapon swap mechanic is bugged.

As it turns out, abilities are instantly queuing up after swapping weapons, even when on cooldown.

The issue seems to be frustrating a lot of competitive players engaged in Pvp combat since it is extremely disruptive. Some say it has completely ruined the combat system.


The new mechanic for “fixing” weapon swap bug is a slap in the face to anyone who pvp’s at a decent competitive level. I have no idea how this patch was rolled out from ptr as it kills the combat in the game on a grand scale. What the new weapon swap buffer queue does is now I have to wait an entire 1-2 seconds to use my next ability after a weapon swap or else I’ll trigger the previous input erroneously. This has a massive effect on pvp and misinputs when it’s not your fault feels awful.

Let’s say ice storm and incinerate are both bound to “r”. Sometimes when I use ice storm then quickly swap to fire staff my character starts casting incinerate without another button press. Edit: The issue seems to happen more frequently with abilities that you “double-tap” with. Examples include ice storm, pillar of fire, sacred ground, possibly charge haven’t tried that one yet. I also want to make it clear that I am pressing “R” before I press the key to swap weapons, meaning it is queuing the abilities before a weapon swap ever occurs.

Fortunately, New World developers have acknowledged the weapon swap issue and said they are working to resolve it. However, there is no ETA on when it might be fixed.

Thank you for letting us know! We are aware of this issue and working to resolve it. Keep checking for further updates.

As always, we will be updating this space when the developers fix the issue so stay tuned for more information.

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Anurag Chawake

My fascination with technology and computers goes back to the days of Windows XP. Since then, I have been tinkering with OS, mobile phones, and other things. When I am not working on anything, you will find me enjoying video games on some Discord server.