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Platform Win Publisher Perfect World Entertainment Developer Cryptic Studios Release Date 2013-06-20

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Neverwinter review: new dawn

Neverwinter's arcade-style combat is the best thing the game has going Neverwinter's leanness is no more evident than in its action-oriented combat, which utilizes just a handful of powers (two main attacks, three timer-set special attacks and two super special attacks) mapped to an unobtrusive tray. Cryptic has essentially refined the age-old MMO concept of attack rotation — how you chain your abilities together to achieve maximum effectiveness in combat — to a minimalist sheen. Fighting never requires you to hunt for the one power you need to activate to win the day; it requires you to think quick on your feet, to use whichever of your limited set will keep you alive the longest. There's a great physicality to combat, thanks to most powers' requirement that you aim your...

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Obsidian will create games based on the Pathfinder universe

Obsidian Entertainment has partnered with Paizo Inc. to produce games based in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game universe. The studio behind the classic Dungeons and Dragons adaptation Neverwinter Nights 2 — as well as Fallout: New Vegas and Kickstarter project Pillars of Eternity — has announced that its first project under the new deal will be a tablet game based on the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. Paizo previously worked as a licensee of Wizards of the Coast to publish Dungeons and Dragons table top game periodicals. When Wizards launched the 4th edition of Dungeons and Dragons in 2008, Pathfinder published its own source books based on the previous edition, known as 3.5. In doing so, Paizo leveraged the open-source nature of Wizard's previous Dungeons and Dragons iteration to...

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Neverwinter MMO is coming to Xbox One next year

Perfect World Entertainment, in partnership with City of Heroes and Star Trek Online developer Cryptic Studios, is bringing its massively multiplayer online role-playing game Neverwinter to Xbox One next year, the company announced today. The game will launch in the first half of 2015 for North America and Europe and be free-to-play with an Xbox Live Gold membership. The game will also hit the Xbox One in China when it launches later this year under the title Neverwinter Online. Neverwinter is set in the world of Wizards of the Coast's Dungeons and Dragons franchise, where players will create a character and explore the Forgotten Realms. The game will get its fourth module, or expansion, on Aug. 14 — Tyranny of Dragons. Neverwinter will be Cryptic and Perfect World's first...

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Neverwinter's Tyranny of Dragons expansion arrives Aug. 14

Neverwinter: Tyranny of Dragons, the fourth expansion to Cryptic Studios' massively multiplayer online role-playing game, will be released Aug. 14, the developer and publisher Perfect World Entertainment announced today.  Set in Dungeons & Dragons' Forgotten Realms universe, the Tyranny of Dragons module will bridge the narrative gap between the game and its tabletop counterpart. Dungeons & Dragons creator Wizards of the Cost announced separately today that it will release "serialized entertainment offerings" for the Tyranny of Dragons expansion this year, including the Neverwinter content and two new tabletop games.  “This is a pivotal year for Dungeons & Dragons, and we are thrilled to have Perfect World and Cryptic on board to make Neverwinter a key part of the D&D experience as...

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Neverwinter meta event introduces Dungeons & Dragons tabletop game

Neverwinter, the free-to-play Dungeons & Dragons online role-playing game from Cryptic Studios, will introduce a new meta event this week called Respen's Marvelous Game. Respen's Marvelous Game allows players to participate in an in-game Dungeons & Dragons tabletop game, which Neverwinter is based upon. The event runs from April 1-4 and stars "mischievous mage" Respen Durothil, who invites those of Neverwinter and Protector's Enclave to play his game. "Sitting at a table with fellow heroes of Neverwinter — Sergeant Knox, Makos, Celeste, Xuna and Rhix — players move miniature versions of their player character (with miniature bases for added authenticity!) across one of two paper maps set in dungeons and swamps," the meta game's description reads. "Utilize the magic of multisided...

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Here's what's inside Neverwinter's Hunter Ranger booster pack

When the new Hunter Ranger class launches alongside Neverwinter's Shadowmantle module, players can get a head start in Cryptic Games massively multiplayer online role-playing game by buying the newly announced Hunter Ranger booster pack. The Hunter Ranger booster pack includes a bow and a pair of hatchets as well as a cloak and hood that grant bonuses like deflection and defense. It also has a special title, a sack of skill kits, identification tools and more and a bag with 24 inventory slots. You can find the details and stats for the items above in a blog post on the game's official site. Designed for new players and veterans who rather not wait and grind, it will be available in the game's Zen Market when Shadowmantle launches later this year and later on the official Neverwinter...

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Neverwinter dev details additional Paragon paths

Neverwinter players will be able to tweak their classes using Paragon paths following the launch of the game's next module expansion, and developer Cryptic Studios went into detail on a few new ones in a blog post today. Paragon paths are sets of options that players can use to customize their characters, and there are different paths available for the various classes in Neverwinter. Players with a Control Wizard character can use the Master of Flame path if they want to start working with fire-based spells. Most of the Master of Flame powers feature an effect called Smolder that deals damage over time. The powers can also be combined with other elements like ice; Cryptic said it wanted to make ice and fire "feel more natural when used together." Two other classes, Great Weapon...

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Hunter Ranger, new Paragon paths and more coming to Neverwinter

Neverwinter's next module is titled Shadowmantle, and will add a new class, new Paragon paths and a ton of reworks to the free-to-play MMORPG's core mechanics when it launches later this year. The new class — which, like the rest of the module's content will be free-of-charge — is the Hunter Ranger, a hybrid ranged and melee damage-dealing attacker geared more towards the game's expert players. Playing the Hunter Ranger requires a lot of deft input by the player, but those who excel at the class' fast-paced abilities will find themselves with a hero far more mobile than the game's current five archetypes. Speaking to Polygon during a recent hands-off preview session, producer Andy Velasquez explained that the Hunter Ranger was fast-tracked due to overwhelming player demand. "The...

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Neverwinter's first expansion gets a teaser trailer

A teaser trailer for Neverwinter: Fury of the Feywild puts the "dragon" in Dungeons & Dragons. According to the trailer, the mythical realm of the Feywild has realigned itself with the plane in which Neverwinter exists, and the Elvish kingdom of New Sharandar exists as a gateway to this land of unfathomable beauty and magic. However, the generations of isolation have left the Feywild and its inhabitants less than welcoming to newcomers. The Dark Fey King, Malabog, has seized a weapon of untold power in the form of a legendary beast, and judging by the trailer, said beast is a dragon. Fury of the Feywild will be released as a free content update to Cryptic Studios' Neverwinter on Aug. 22.

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Neverwinter introducing Call to Arms event this Friday

Neverwinter, the free-to-play Dungeons & Dragons online role-playing game from Cryptic Studios, will introduce a new event type, Call to Arms, this weekend. The studio made the announcement via the game's website. Beginning on Friday, players levels 5 to 60 can take part in an assault of the Tower District to take down the Many-Arrows orcs. According to the post, Call to Arms events are modified versions of the different skirmish zones. Players can queue for the event any time it's active. "Parties who successfully complete a Call to Arms Event may be rewarded with companions, dye packs, transmutation items (items which change the appearance of your equipment) and other unique rewards," the post reads."These rewards will vary and will be unique to each adventure zone's Call to Arms...

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Neverwinter reaches two million players

Neverwinter, Cryptic Studios' free-to-play D&D online RPG, has managed to bring in a player base of over two million adventurers, publisher Perfect World Entertainment announced today. The game, which officially launched last month following a lengthy beta testing period, will be expanded later this summer with the launch of Neverwinter's first add-on module: a free update titled Fury of the Feywild. The expansion will add a new area, Sharandar, to the game, a new kind of quest structure for players to utilize while exploring the new region and a slew of other new features. Fury of the Feywild will be released August 22. The number of players was touted in a new trailer sent to Polygon by Perfect World, which is embedded above. For more on our thoughts about Cryptic's action-oriented...

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    • Released 06/20/2013
    • Publisher Perfect World Entertainment
    • Developer Cryptic Studios
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