Neverwinter was first announced August 23, 2010, originally to be published by Atari. In may 2011, Atari sold Cryptic Studios to Perfect World Entertainment. Originally intended as a co-operative multiplayer game, Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic changed the game to be a completely free-to-play open-world MMO. As a result of these actions, the game was delayed twice, most recently pushed back to its current release date of early 2013. Neverwinter officially went live June 20, 2013.
The official site describes the game as follows:
One hundred years have passed since the Spellplague forever changed the magical and mysterious lands of Faerûn. Mighty empires fell and great cities toppled, leaving only monster-haunted ruins and survivors struggling to rebuild.
The city of Neverwinter, the Jewel of the North, seemed blessed by the gods. While the rest of the Sword Coast was devastated by the event, Neverwinter survived largely intact. But this was only a temporary reprieve from its inevitable doom. Nearly 75 years later, a volcanic eruption rained fire, ash and molten fury upon the city, annihilating everything in its wake.
Today, Neverwinter has restored much of its former glory. Lord Neverember of Waterdeep has taken the city under his protection and put forth a call to all adventurers and heroes of the Savage North to help rebuild Neverwinter in the hopes that one day he can lay claim to her throne and crown. But evil forces conspire in the dark places of the world, seeking to undermine all...
Neverwinter is a third-person action MMORPG. The game is set in the Forgotten Realms universe and follows many of the same race and class features as the established game system. It is loosely based on the 4th edition rules. The game currently features seven playable races: Half-Orc, Human, Half-Elf, Elf, Drow, Dwarf, Dragonborn and Tiefling. The game launched with five playable classes.
The game will feature a content-creation tool called The Foundry. This will allow players to create their own adventures and long-term campaigns for friends and the rest of the Neverwinter community. To access The Foundry, players must reach level 15 in-game.
- OS: Windows® XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
- Processor: Dual-core 2.0GHz CPU or better
- Memory: 1GB RAM
- Video: Shader Model 2.0 or higher, GeForce 6800 or ATI Radeon X850 performance, 128MB+ video ram
- Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound chip or onboard audio capability with the latest sound drivers
- Broadband Internet Connection Required
Besides English, Neverwinter is available in French, German and Italian.
Official Website: www.playneverwinter.com
Official Forum: http://nw-forum.perfectworld.com/forum.php