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Cryptic Studios Working On Atari's New Neverwinter Game

Atari has announced that a new game based on the classic Dungeons & Dragons city of Neverwinter is in development by Cryptic Studios. The PC game's storyline is being based on an upcoming trilogy of books written by fantasy author R.A. Salvatore, the first of which, Gauntlgrym, is set for an October 5 release. Atari's game, simply called Neverwinter, will arrive sometime within the fourth quarter of 2011.

Up to five players will be able to form co-op groups in Neverwinter, with each member drawing from five classic Dungeons & Dragons classes. AI players will fill in open slots should players be unable to wrangle up a full five-person party. Atari's not divulging much else about the game at this point, other than the fact that Neverwinter is in a state of ungoverned chaos and that its dead are beginning to march upon the city. With the game still being a year or so out, there's plenty of time for Atari and Cryptic to reveal plenty of details.

Neverwinter has enjoyed a long history in games, starting with the AOL MMO-the first of its kind – in 1991. A pair of PC games were later released, the first being BioWare's Neverwinter Nights in 2002. An Obsidian Entertainment-developed sequel followed in 2006.

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