New World is an MMORPG (massively-multiplayer online role playing game) that aims to merge both PvE instanced content with world conquest familiar to Elder Scrolls Online. Players create their characters and join a faction, allowing you to join PvP guilds working for the greater good of their faction, conquering the many zones of Aeternum. While Amazon Games want you to pick a faction and stick to it, there is a way to change a faction if you wish. Here is how to change faction in New World.
How Factions work
The first thing you need to know about New World is the importance of joining a faction. During your tutorial, you’ll make your way to the nearest settlement and follow the main quest. Eventually, you’ll speak to all three of the factions: the Syndicate, Marauders and Covenant. After talking to all three, you’ll eventually enlist with one of them, fighting on their behalf in Aeternum’s bloody landscape. If you want a more detailed guide on New World factions, why not check out our in-depth overview?
When you head to the faction you want to join, speak to its representative in your starting settlement. The representative will ask you to lock in your choice. If you feel you made a mistake, the game currently allows you to switch faction. However, Amazon Games has developed a system that stops players from transferring to the faction with the most land. So, we highly advise picking what you want the first time around.
So you want to change faction?
The process of changing faction in New World is easy. Simply load your character and press “K” (the default key to open the character screen). When the new menu opens up, click on the Bio tab. You’ll notice the faction you are currently a part of on the left side of the menu. At the bottom left of the screen, you can see a Change Faction button. Clicking on that button opens a new menu showing the two other factions in New World. However, you cannot switch to the faction which owns the most territory. If you want to join that faction, you’ll need to wait for your gang to take over or the third faction to collect some more land.
If you do successfully switch faction, you’ll enter a 120-day lockout from changing faction again. You’ll also lose your faction rank and all faction badges earned through missions. It is safe to say changing your faction will set you back in terms of progression on titles and gear (if you opt to gear through your faction’s quartermaster). Amazon Games appear to have gone out of their way to ensure that one faction doesn’t immediately dominate the server, making the faction rivalries somewhat competitive by design.
There you go, you now know how to change faction in New World. If you are switching faction, let us know why, as it could be useful feedback for Amazon Games to ensure the game stays balanced in its post-launch life.