Neverwinter launching June 20

Cryptic Studios' free-to-play action MMO game launching later this month; expansion Fury of the Feywild revealed.

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Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios today announced that the free-to-play massively multiplayer online role-playing game Neverwinter will launch June 20.

The launch will also mark the release of Gauntlgrym, Neverwinter's free level-60 PVE and PVP endgame content set in an ancient dwarven city.

In addition, Cryptic Studios today announced the game's first free expansion, Fury of the Feywild. Set to launch later this summer, the content chronicles the Fomorian Giants' attempt to capture the elven city of Sharandar. Additional details will be released as launch approaches.

Cryptic and Perfect World have big ambitions for Neverwinter, saying the game is "proof that Western free-to-play games, when built from the ground up, can compete with even the biggest boxed subscription titles."

Grand Theft Auto parent publisher Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick does not agree. He said last month that MMO games "don't work" in the United States.

An open beta for Neverwinter launched April 30. Players who took part in the beta will see all game progress rolled over to the full game on June 20.

Discussion

53 comments
DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Played for about 40-hours or so, and lost interest. The player created quests could be the best part of the game, but they are slow to publish, and the gigantic lists of quests cause the client to horribly lag. 

There is no overland experience. That is the biggest let down. It's like playing RPG on a movie set.  Trick Rouge's are fun, but not enough fun to keep me playing for months...

windylance
windylance

Miss classic RPG too, never played a single MMO over level 15 ,here is few reasons 

1.look all the MMO the graphic is so silly and no great music by today's standard PPL always move strangely or fight is always the same ,Boss fight  looks like a bouch of ant trying to take down an elephant what's fun of that??unlike single player RPG u can do some really cool kill move or think some strategy to beat the boss

2.everyone is rush to get higher level or some high end equipment no one even care about story anymore which is the soul of RPG

okay here you are starting a MMO yes u have friends or maybe u don't but somebody want to "HELP",next thing u know is u are leveling so fast and got  a lot of equipment

who care about NPC or story line??

3.let's get a party to explore the dungeon and slay a dragon or something great right??

NO..either someone have to go to work or get connection problem then dropped or somebody knows everything about the place and take the whole team go through like a cheap travel agency

Finally I think there will be less and less classic RPG especially great ones like skyrim or dragon age origin 'cause MMO cost less time and money to develop since they don't need good graphic or music or story line so RPG fans cherish every classic RPG in the future 

I'll get a copy no matter I have time to play or no 

Darthtc
Darthtc

The last RPG: Skyrim.

I know, neverwinter is now MMO. But, a missed the time D&D was an awesome RPG.

I don't like MMO of this days. The last good one was Ultima Online.

What is happening?

First, Dragon age was a good game. Than came out Dragon Age 2. It    s u c k s.

Second, Diablo an Diablo II was awesome. Than came out Diablo III. It   s u k s   too.

And now, D&D is showing us how bad a classic RPG could be.

Please, Skyrim, don't "skrull" with MMO too...

colt_a
colt_a

I've played to max level.  Its pay to win.  You can pay for tons of rez scrolls to overcome any encounter.

There is no show of skill in terms of PvE, because you can buy your way to any PvE victory.  Go look at videos on youtube of people soloing the current endgame.  Its pathetic.  Also, if you heal in PvE, you get aggro from every monster near permanently and it wasn't fixed in the entire duration of closed/open beta up to the end of May (it still might not be fixed, I don't know).  When I was doing the highest content, the best way to do an encounter was to not bring a tank and just bring two clerics.  Have them both take astral shield and just shield the healing cleric with the most aggro.

To get the top level enchantments you need to buy blue wards which cost 20 dollars or you only have a 1% chance to succeed them.  Or hope you get a random drop one once every 7 days.  Yea, no.  Yes, people who buy them can then sell them to you for Astral Diamonds (the free player currency) but the prices are so high that its more work than its worth just to get one enchant (you'll need several).

 PvP is entirely unbalanced, and they don't care.  There is no diminishing returns on CC, so two Wizards can keep you locked down permanently as you die.  There are no multiple specs to each class, so Guardian Fighters simply can't do anything but take hits (that's not useful).  Great Weapon Fighters can't do enough damage with the amount of CC and kiting their is.  So you pretty much need to just play Rogue/Mage/Priest just like in WoW to succeed (Yes I know its technically Trickster Rogue, Control Wizard and Devoted Cleric, but they are the same thing).

TLDR: Don't waste your time with Neverwinter.  The combat and early levels seem fun, but the further you go, the more you realize its pay to win nature and the laziness of its devs.

acelogan1989
acelogan1989

i uninstalled this because they rollback the severs , i lost my good item and my leveling progress . but i'm not blame them since it's free to play , and i believe this kind of action are common in F2P games .

RomanKingNYC
RomanKingNYC

On the contrary, the game is extremely polished and fun to play.  This game has kept my attention much longer than the so called WoW killer GW2 ever did.  The game has a pretty huge following already and the classes are actually pretty awesome to play. You can enjoy the game without purchasing anything and the user created Foundry Quests are pretty cool.  Some players make better quests than many of the pros.  It still has the kill this and get me that stuff, but what mmo doesn't.

WereCatf
WereCatf

I played the game for a week or so and, well, it's horribly, horribly generic. There's just absolutely nothing special or innovative about it, it's all just your run-of-the-mill MMORPG. Even the characters themselves are exceedingly shallow and naive, and the whole beginning of the game is utterly silly: you're a total stranger that's stranded on a beach with nothing to wear, and in just a few minutes you're the most-valued, most-trusted person in the whole land! I mean, hello; you don't even know this person, why the fuck do they immediately become your best friends after killing a few mobs?

The game is chock-full of stuff like the above and doesn't really offer much. If you just need to kill some time then sure, you could do worse than playing NW, but you could just as well do better and choose something else.

CWEBB04z
CWEBB04z

I wonder if my laptop with the Intel HD can run this? I don't have my desktop anymore... :(

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Okay here's what's interesting to me.  This game is actually LESS compelling and I am LESS interested in playing it BECAUSE it is free.

Sometimes you get what you pay for, and too many times free = Zynga crap.  So I don't even want to try it.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

Not even a mention if it's available around the world?

wezkilla
wezkilla

I like it alot been playing it loads with my friends and yeah the game is pay to win but i dont have £300 to put into a game so its not pay 2 win for me, its only pay 2 win for a select few who have that kind of money to spend on a game

If you call pay 2 win then you must be some rich kid buying things with your parents cards since you gotta spend good money to get the best gear 

jazilla
jazilla

i got to level cap on my TR. i like the game. it's like a game you can jump into for an hour and come back in a week for some quick action. it doesn't have that "lived in" mmo feel though mostly because it is all close quarters instances like GW1. the combat is cool and fast paced though, and their f2p model is LIGHT YEARS BETTER than Star Wars: TOR's f2p model.

McGregor
McGregor

I started playing Neverwinter, got to level 20ish, then switched to TERA...it's an overall better game in my opinion.

Tripwolf
Tripwolf

Pay to win garbage.

You can buy everything with RL money.

wexorian
wexorian

Game is Quite fun, It's beta also many ppl forget that its' MMO everything can be Changed fixed etc so stop whining.

blackothh
blackothh

I had alot of fun in the beginning, but the game very quickly is becoming stagnant, the skill system needs a ton of work, its way too constrictive. Im lvl 33 at this time and i decided to play a tank class. and i really regret it. The dungeons are terrible so far and there is absolutely no need for a tank yet, or even a healer, i did a dungeon to completion before realizing that the only person healing me was my mercenary. (its not easy to identify whos who in a dungeon since there are 10 people running around and 5 of them are mercs. Im hoping i become useful soon or i will quit my character and get something that does better damage. since the mercs u can get are either a healer, a tank, or a dps. so you plus a merc will fit all situations.

For me the only saving grace is the Foundry which is all about player published quests and campaigns. But understandably, the creators of content are not allowed to decide what loot gets distributed in their quests.

The game runs very smooth and single player content is fun enough i guess, but it does not have an MMO feel to it at all. I play with my brother sometimes and its overkill.

and the patches dont have many bug fixes and there are still plenty of them that need fixing.

and i almost forgot, some of the mobs have the most goddamn annoying abilities to deal with as a tank unless they are fully crowd controlled. This is in part due to the stupid mob abilities, and the lack of reactionary ability of the class.


HeadBasherMonk
HeadBasherMonk

i've been playing the beta for a few weeks, it's pretty fun

blackace
blackace

Looks pretty good. Might have to check it out. I have both NWN 1 & 2 games.

decoy1978
decoy1978

This MMO is so far the dark horse winner of 2013! I was EXTREMELY skeptic about it during E3 2012 (I got 4 stupid mugs they were giving to players). But after going to Open Beta, it is surprisingly fun. 

A few things I want to point out; it is mostly a single player MMO experience with each zone being accompanied by a 5 man dungeon. The difficulty of these dungeons is non-existent if everyone knows their roles and is geared in greens. However, once you reach lev 35 or so the Charilifax encounter scales up the difficulty quite a bit. Gear check is necessary along with a good cohesive group.

Second are the action abilities; you only have 3 and I wish they gave you 5 or 6. You have the Tab and mouse buttons as well... but 3 action skills....meh.

Will this take down WoW, probably not... but the story is real good if your into the Neverwinter settings of D&D. 

unreal_master
unreal_master

Surprised it's coming out on the 20th with all the exploits during open beta. Latest one being Fusion.

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

It was surprisingly more fun than I thought it would be.

jansdman
jansdman

@Darthtc last good MMO is ultima online? wow you are too shallow. you are probably one of those who hate something before even you try it. or just a plain MMO hater. either way i feel sorry for you and your hating ways. lots of good MMO out there.

acelogan1989
acelogan1989

@RomanKingNYC the user created quest are good because the developer are just sucks on making a quests for the games , so they let player create their own quests. i played the main quest so i can progress to the new area

neroist
neroist

@CWEBB04z Yes the game will run on barebone systems. But is not very playable per say.

RomanKingNYC
RomanKingNYC

probably not, unless on really low settings


Darkangel2154
Darkangel2154

@PixelAddict LOL That comment was bad since you must never play FTP games just because of the "get what you pay for" idea. I know of so many things that are fun and free that makes that hysterical.

Darkangel2154
Darkangel2154

@wezkilla idk haven't seen any gear that really wins the pvp matches. I have seen cheating glitch's thou maby they spent money on those...

wexorian
wexorian

@McGregor Nothign can stop you to play both , tera,raiderz are quite good also.

wexorian
wexorian

@Tripwolf Fail, how long you -played NW? let me guess not much or 0 and you don't liek f2p games especially From Perfect world that are not pay 2 win.

blackothh
blackothh

@wexorian i would stop whining if i actually saw change, but since i started playing the beta, last month, essentially nothing has changed.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@Darkangel2154 I dunno man, the free games I've played just felt cheap to me.  So I immediately get turned off by the term FTP.

It's just not a sustainable profit model.  So it's done by people who are either doing this in their spare time or have terrible business sense.  So how can the quality be great?

There are too many incredible games out there (that cost real, actual money, sure) to waste time on inferior products.

ranbla
ranbla

@wexorian @Tripwolf The truth can't be fail. It IS pay to win. If you're someone who likes to experience all parts of the game, including end-game and raiding, you can't be competitive without having to pay significant amounts of cash. THAT is fail.

colt_a
colt_a

@wexorian@Tripwolf

 I've played to max level.  Its pay to win.  You can pay for tons of rez scrolls to overcome any encounter.

There is no show of skill in terms of PvE, because you can buy your way to any PvE victory.  Go look at videos on youtube of people soloing the current endgame.  Its pathetic.  Also, if you heal in PvE, you get aggro from every monster near permanently and it wasn't fixed in the entire duration of closed/open beta up to the end of May (it still might not be fixed, I don't know).  When I was doing the highest content, the best way to do an encounter was to not bring a tank and just bring two clerics.  Have them both take astral shield and just shield the healing cleric with the most aggro.

To get the top level enchantments you need to buy blue wards which cost 20 dollars or you only have a 1% chance to succeed them.  Or hope you get a random drop one once every 7 days.  Yea, no.  Yes, people who buy them can then sell them to you for Astral Diamonds (the free player currency) but the prices are so high that its more work than its worth just to get one enchant (you'll need several).

 PvP is entirely unbalanced, and they don't care.  There is no diminishing returns on CC, so two Wizards can keep you locked down permanently as you die.  There are no multiple specs to each class, so Guardian Fighters simply can't do anything but take hits (that's not useful).  Great Weapon Fighters can't do enough damage with the amount of CC and kiting their is.  So you pretty much need to just play Rogue/Mage/Priest just like in WoW to succeed (Yes I know its technically Trickster Rogue, Control Wizard and Devoted Cleric, but they are the same thing).

TLDR: Don't waste your time with Neverwinter.  The combat and early levels seem fun, but the further you go, the more you realize its pay to win nature and the laziness of its devs.

wexorian
wexorian

@blackothh @wexorian what i had seen down on you comments is that you did not liked class, as for bug they will fix it and maybe it's fixed and we will see full prodcut when Beta closes,

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

@enartloc @2bitSmOkEy p2w indeed sucks giant balls, but this game doesn't have that going on as bad as some others.  It's a tricky balancing act, the creators have to put food on the table somehow right?

Mroptimism
Mroptimism

@enartloc @2bitSmOkEy F2P doesn't mean p2w. But in the case of this game, yes it does. You basically have to buy your enchantments  at the end game.

greek5
greek5

 @PixelAddict @Darkangel2154 

I agree i would rather pay $60 and know i am getting something thats quality rather then the devs wait for micro transactions to come in so they have funds to make the game better.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@Darkangel2154 I might have to give this a try.

I'm just confused at my own logic... what I was trying to say is I should be MORE interested in something if I don't have to pay a cent to play it, and ironically I'm totally turned off by it!

It doesn't make sense!

Darkangel2154
Darkangel2154

@PixelAddict@Darkangel2154Very true a ton of FTP games are complete garbage. Neverwinter is different since gamers made the game literally lol. But yes "The last of us" is a game for real money so you have me there but if you played WOW or GW2 Neverwinter is on par for everything. and $20 at most gives you all you need.

colt_a
colt_a

@wexorian @blackothh When they start taking people's money, its release.  Open beta was just a way to get some funding right then and not have to bother with fixing their game.

blackothh
blackothh

@wexorian @blackothh There is supposedly a mega patch on the way sometime, but ill believe it when I see it. I want to like the game. its very fun to start up. Ive played end game tanks in other MMOs and this game does not seem to think tanks are supposed to tank things so that disappoints me.

enartloc
enartloc

@Mroptimism i only know 2 f2p games that have zero p2w elements in them,so for me those are the exception to the rule,the rule being f2p=p2w