The lights are on
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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Wow. A whole FIVE of the like 35 classes are available?
Color me unimpressed.
So in other words this could be the debacle of Neverwinter. Thank God I'm not a hardcore fan of this franchise, if so I would had flip out.
Why Atari just go and die? Thanks for the time you gave us on the 70's and 80's, let the big boys that grew after you make games for us.
Wait the dead are rising and Neverwinter is in chaos? Oh no for some reason this sounds familiar... hmmm oh YEAAH THATS BECAUSE THIS IS HOW NEVERWINTER NIGHTS STARTED!!!
I love me some Neverwinter. Great stories. Great characters. Great games. I'm game.
Wait, what happened to the 50 other classes?
I'll just stick with the table top rpg cuz I'm nerdy like that. Having the restrictions of a game defeats the point of DnD :|
Pretty hard to mess up a storyline with R.A. Salvatore in tow. As far as Bioware not being involved, I think that is too bad.
Atari is doing an awesome job destroying the D&D license. As for Cryptic Studios, Champions Online and Star Trek Online speak for themselves.
Ranger, warrior, wizard, cleric, rogue. Those are the basic of the basic so I cannot fault them too much but it would be nice to see some more exotic classes make their way in.
Champions Online and Star Trek Online speak for themselves.
Ugh, Cryptic sucks.
R.A. Salvatore is a nice addition, it'll be interesting to see how much support this gets as it gets closer to release. IMHO, it wouldn't take much to be better than NWN 1 & 2.
On a disappointing note... Just 5 classes? Even the first 4th ed. DnD players handbook has 8 classes. Definitely room for improvement there.
Sounds like an average game based on the info we have here...
I didn't know D&D was involved in Neverwinter.