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Neverwinter enters open beta testing April 30

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Neverwinter, Cryptic and Perfect World Entertainment's free-to-play action-MMORPG, will enter into open beta on April 30, the companies announced in a press release today.

Neverwinter is coming off of a handful of closed beta test weekends — one more of which is scheduled to begin April 12 — for pre-orderers who picked up one of three Founder's Packs for the free title. The open beta test will not require the purchase of a Founder's Pack, opening up access to anyone who wants to try their hand at Cryptic's take on the user-generated content-heavy D&D franchise.

"The direct response and support from the Neverwinter community during our Closed Beta Weekends have pushed us to make Neverwinter the best free-to-play MMORPG anyone has yet seen," Cryptic COO Craig Zinkievich wrote in the press release. "On April 30, we go into Open Beta. That's when the world we've labored for years to build comes to life — that's when every gamer can login and play what we've worked so hard to create. We could not be more excited."

Folks wanting to get in on the last closed beta weekend, which will add player crafting mechanics to the game, can still purchase a Founder's Pack to gain entry. For more on the title's transformation from a top-down RPG to an action-MMO, check out our preview from earlier this year.