Like Most MMORPGs out there, New World has an AFK timer that's always on the lookout for inactive players, ready to kick them so that others who might be waiting in queue can get a spot on the server.
The New World AFK timer was a hot topic around the game's launch, when hundreds of thousands of players were trying to get in the game only to be stuck in long queues, but will likely remain of interest throughout the MMORPG's lifetime.
New World AFK timer Explained
Taking breaks during long sessions of adventuring across Aeternum is recommended but the unexpected can happen, prolonging them, which is when you want to know how much time you have before getting kicked from the server.
New World's AFK Timer is fairly generous, as it turns out, even after its first post-launch patch shortened it. At the moment, you'll get kicked after as many as 20 minutes of inactivity. You're also issued a warning at the 15-minute mark, the timer resetting as long as you perform an in-game action.
This can be a bit of an issue if you're doing something else while waiting for a long queue to pop, but New World's 20-minute AFK timer should give you more than enough time to check on the game before you're sent back to wait in line.
If you do plan on leaving for a longer period of time, it's courteous to free your spot for an active player, although it's easy to see why some players aren't all that eager to wait for one or more hours before getting back in.
The generous AFK timer has fueled complaints from New World players who've had a hard time playing much of the game during its early days but, hopefully, as new servers open and free transfers go live, the long queues will gradually disappear.
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