Neverwinter Nights 2 sees golden dawn

Obsidian wraps up development on long-awaited PC RPG sequel, which will ship on Halloween.

In 2003, BioWare scored an Xbox hit with Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. For the sequel, the development chores were handled by the upstart Obsidian Entertainment, which had a follow-up on shelves in late 2004. Obsidian's latest effort, the PC role-playing game Neverwinter Nights 2, is another sequel to a BioWare hit, albeit one with a much longer turnaround time.

Atari today announced that Obsidian has finished development on the sequel to BioWare's 2002 PC RPG Neverwinter Nights, and that it should ship to retailers in North America October 31. The game will ship in Europe on November 3.

Much like the first Neverwinter Nights, the sequel is promising a huge single-player adventure, online capability, and tools to create levels. The revamped toolkit will include all-new texture sets for new environment types, as well as implementation of the SpeedTree middleware, which lets the game render large clumps of trees and other vegetation quickly. The game itself will include a new party system that will let players build a bona fide adventuring party with up to four characters. Check out GameSpot's previous coverage for more information.

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_Sam_
_Sam_

good release date ;)

Alcotamaysees
Alcotamaysees

This game looks awesome. Let's hope that obsidian continued where bioware left off.

sircyrus
sircyrus

Yay, hopefully this time the party members will more resemble Baldur's Gate than the previous NWN. Looking forward to getting my hands on that toolset and checking out what can be done with it.

Tropico_Al
Tropico_Al

That's such a cool saying DragonString11. Let the adventuring begin....again!

waffle
waffle

Yeah... NWN 1 had a dumb/awful/unfun single player experience, which is all that I care about. Hopefully this game merits playing through five times like BG2. Character interaction, good story, masterful art, good voiceovers, freedom, etc.

usedtype
usedtype

Hopefully this one won't be as disappointing as the first NWN. After loving every minute of BG2 (best game ever!), Bioware completely dropped the ball on NWN. Let's see if Obsidian can do a better job. I'm eagerly awaiting reviews.

Ol_skool_Gamer
Ol_skool_Gamer

Lets see if Obsidian worked some magic with this then...

cjcr_alexandru
cjcr_alexandru

Can't wait!! The good games just keep flowing... Keep them going!

ShotGunBunny
ShotGunBunny

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NandoSupes
NandoSupes

I just pre-ordered my copy of NWN 2 limited edition, if you want to get the limited edition US version one,go to Best Buy or Circuit City.com , I think EB and Gamestop sold out on the limited editions.

BloodLoss
BloodLoss

Nice, can't wait! Now if Bioware would get their asses moving and give me KOTOR 3 as well, i'll be a happy puppy!

SpareJesus
SpareJesus

Actually, NwN *is* used in colleges here (in Britain) to learn how to code or something..I forget, a nearby university uses it as part of a computer course.

ewjim
ewjim

Interesting...

essi2
essi2

SmallPower "Who cares. More rehashed crap for a tired franchise from a has-been studio." gonzalezj1 "Explain how NWN is a "tired franchise". Note that this is Neverwinter Nights 2, not NWN 6. Noob." And even if it was NWN 6 the DnD world is BIG so if the do it right it might work, well maybe not NWN 6, but there is plenty room for more DnD titles :P

essi2
essi2

NWN 2 actually ships in Norway on 27 of October :) not the 3. of November as Gamespot has announced for Europe :D

dukerav
dukerav

Looking quite forward to this.

aldrenar47
aldrenar47

"NWN is the most played game in history. Most NWN players have been playing it longer than most play a single MMORPG. I have the toolset for this game, and it will rock. As with NWN, every server you play on will make it a completely new game. You can even make your own. NWN is even used in school to teach about history and journalizm." LOL? I'm not sure if you were trying to be funny here or not. NWN is certainly not the most played game in history (try maybe Tetris) and is definately not used in school to teach anything, except for maybe game design...

kurisu-chan25
kurisu-chan25

SmallPower "Who cares. More rehashed crap for a tired franchise from a has-been studio." He might be referring to DnD cRPGs in general. Remember those TSR games from yore?

Thanos_of_MW
Thanos_of_MW

:lol: @ SmallPower and the small-minded comment :lol: Looking forward to this game.

umbrae
umbrae

NWN is the most played game in history. Most NWN players have been playing it longer than most play a single MMORPG. I have the toolset for this game, and it will rock. As with NWN, every server you play on will make it a completely new game. You can even make your own. NWN is even used in school to teach about history and journalizm.

aldrenar47
aldrenar47

"Was the allusion intentional in the headline I wonder?" Um, I think its wordplay based on how night leads to dawn, rather than some obscure order. KOTOR 2 was lame.

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

SmallPower "Who cares. More rehashed crap for a tired franchise from a has-been studio." You've got the wrong game, you must be talking about Final Fantasy, Sonic the Hedgehog, DragonballZ, Mega Man, or any Super Hero game.

daggerknight
daggerknight

"Who cares. More rehashed crap for a tired franchise from a has-been studio. " Wow....someone doesnt know thier history, do they? Old folks at black Isle are respnsible for: 1. Fallout Series. 2. Icewind Dale series 3. Had a hand in the BG series. 4. KOTOR 2 5. Icewind Dale series Who cares? Almost every single PC RPG gamer, thats who. As for Has been company; they have some pretty talented people over there, who have made some of the best games ever on the PC. Has been is a rather crude and innapropriet title for them. Tired franchise; hardly. DnD is still big, and still a lot of fun (at least the CRPG's are, not played TT). Plus; NWN is still played and modded quite a bit, not to mention in demand (yup...people still buy).

gonzalezj1
gonzalezj1

SmallPower "Who cares. More rehashed crap for a tired franchise from a has-been studio." Explain how NWN is a "tired franchise". Note that this is Neverwinter Nights 2, not NWN 6. Noob.

SmallPower
SmallPower

Who cares. More rehashed crap for a tired franchise from a has-been studio.

VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

Looks like FF12 will have to wait a few weeks before it finds a home in my apartment. NWN2 should prove beyond a doubt that the PC is king when it comes to RPGs. As well as FPSs, RTS games ...........

whitefox1602
whitefox1602

Well it looks great so far! Im realy anticipating this one. :)

Bornite
Bornite

I have high hopes for this one.

matttrd
matttrd

Great news can't wait.

shaedar
shaedar

KOTOR 2 was rushed out of the gates before it was ready - Obsidian has taken their time with NWN 2 - I have a lot of confidence this time around. Of course, only time will tell. Two more weeks to go!

grey-flood
grey-flood

its not new . we all knew this....say something new

d_grady_76
d_grady_76

We *know* Bioware can make a great engine, easily. It's when Bioware has a great story you get KOTOR or Baldur's Gate II- both classics. When they have an OK story you get Shadows of Urinetide or KOTOR 2, just kinda meh. Let's hope they wrote the script before they started filming, so to speak.

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

lol its going to be release the same day as Final Fantasy XII!

awarriorofgamin
awarriorofgamin

it looks good but im weary cause obsidian made kotor2 and i didnt like it that much i thought it was just a knock off but still was a decent game i hope this is better

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

this one looks pretty good..it might be worth checking out

NandoSupes
NandoSupes

I believe this game is going to be awesome,probably a must buy for me.

Oni
Oni

Yay!!!! :D

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Atari needs a game that will sell well so I hope it will be this.

michelle_moraes
michelle_moraes

Oh boy, Neverwinter Nights 2 and Final Fantasy XII.... Can't decide how I'm going to play both!!! Probably distribute hours of the day for each... XD

xaos
xaos

Was the allusion intentional in the headline I wonder?

bcfish
bcfish

Whoo-hoo! If this is as good as NMN I, this is going to be a blast! What I'm especially looking forward too are the fan modules. They have been an absolute treat to play, even for a 4 yr old PC game. If this toolset is as manageable as the 1st one, it's going to be fantastic. Can't wait for Halloween!

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

I hope the editor is easy to use out of the box and let the rumble begin! I thoroughly enjoyed the first one but it was hard. Please have dragons or bunnies get their violent on, better yet, dragon on bunny violence!! Ten bucks on the bunnies, seriously, they took over Jesus's death (EASTER), now try to see a dragon do that.

Rangent
Rangent

May be fun... we'll see!

Mehfuz
Mehfuz

only 13 days to go :) i am waiting for a sequel since 02 and screenshots and previews showing greater promise than my expectation