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Neverwinter finally goes live today

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neverwinter fightsMMO and Dungeons & Dragons fans can finally rejoice. After a long beta period Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment have annouced today their latest game, Neverwinter, has gone live on Perfect World’s news page.

The company has high expectations for Neverwinter’s success and reasonably so. The games open beta, which began at the end of April, has garnered plenty of participants and fans already. A whopping 1.5 million to be exact. With such high numbers, it’s hard not to get excited.

Taking place in D&D’s famous city, Neverwinter, players can take the role of five different class roles. You can be a rouge, a mage, a guardian fighter, a cleric and another figher specializing in two-handed weapons. In additon you’ll be able to choose from six of D&D’s traditional races along with two others specific to the realms of Neverwinter, the tieflings and the drow. The game’s most exceptional feature is The Foundry, where you have the ability to construct your own dungeon and allowing the rest of the Neverwinter community play through. If it does well enough, your dungeon will be featured on Perfect Worlds blog for everyone to hear about.

Players, can also expect the games first free expansion, Fury of the Feywild, this summer. The expansion will include a plethora of new features including three new campaign area, three instances, new enemies, new loot and a new dungeon, along with three new professions of alchemy, weaponsmithing and artificing. You’ll also have access to the new region Sharandar to explore, loot and PVP as much as you like.

And as a final incentive for new and dedicated players Cryptic and Perfect World will also be offering Gauntylgrym. This addition is Neverwinter’s twist on the classic level 60, PVP endgame. Players will explore the Gauntylgrym Caverns crawling with hardened enemies and loads of loot.

This may not be World of Warcraft or Everquest, but by the sound of this wealth of content Neverwinter is looking like an excellent contender in the free-to-play MMO genre. Since it’s live now, I’d get on it.

Site [Neverwinter homepage]

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