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Wizards of the Coast has teamed up with game developers such as Backflip Studios, Beamdog, Cryptic Studios, and Perfect World Entertainment in order to developer a number of D&D-based video games that will be headed our way shortly.
This year, Wizards of the Coast celebrated the 40th anniversary of the iconic pen-and-paper RPG, and released a new edition of its ruleset, but the company is looking into the future by prepping a series of video games based off its franchise. During the 2015 Videogames in the Forgotten Realms panel at PAX, the company outlined some of these plans. Here’s a quick breakdown of those announcements. Neverwinter MMORPG on Xbox One Cryptic Studios executive producer Rob Overmeyer confirmed that the highly-acclaimed free-to-play MMORPG, Neverwinter, will be coming to Xbox One in the first half of 2015. At launch, console gamers will be able to experience the fast-paced combat and epic dungeons set in the Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms universe.
Dungeons & Dragons Partners with Backflip StudiosBackflip Studios creative director Ryan Drag unveiled that Backflip Studios is designing a “castle defense” style D&D game for mobile. The partnership is a natural fit as Backflip shares a common passion for the D&D brand, which is underscored in the recently released Developer Video (below). The mobile game is set to release in 2015 and additional information will be announced in the coming months.
Beamdog Continues to “Enhance” the Sword CoastBeamdog creative director Trent Oster from Beamdog announced Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition is coming to iOS, Android and PC later this year. Trent also revealed two updates for Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition, including availability on iPhone and the capacity to have multiplayer work across different platforms. All three Enhanced Editions are classic D&D computer RPGs that have been rebooted for play on modern tablets and PCs.
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