Neverwinter open beta starts April 30

Free-to-play MMO to open to all players at the end of the month; Founders can try out professions system beginning April 12.

An open beta for free-to-play massively multiplayer online role-playing game Neverwinter will begin April 30, Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios announced today.

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."

Not all gamers will need to wait until April 30 to jump into Neverwinter. A fourth closed beta period will begin April 12, allowing Founders to try out the game's professions: Leadership, Mailsmithing, Platesmithing, and Leatherworking.

This weekend beta period will last 60 hours.

Gamers can still become Founders by prepurchasing the game at Neverwinter's website. Those who buy the $60 Guardian of Neverwinter Pack or $200 Hero Of The North Founder's Pack are guaranteed access to all closed beta period.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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jnyblujns
jnyblujns

I'm 35 years old and have been playing games for literally as long as I can remember, including most every MMO that has ever been released. Having said that, I had very little interest in this game because I was upset they weren't making NWN 3. I love the NW series. I decided to download the game last night, just for the heck of it and I couldn't be more surprised. This game is a blast to play. I haven't been able to stop playing. I'm only at level 20, but so far, this is by far the best free to play MMO ever made. I'm real close to already calling it the best MMO ever made, period.

I honestly cannot imagine why anyone who likes games at all, wouldn't love this game. I strongly urge any of you that are hesitant to give this game a try because of what someone else said, to download it and play it for yourself. Bottom line, the game is FUN. Period. 

Very solo friendly. Grouping is easy and automatic when needed and group instances are fun. Even the PvP is fun and I usually hate PvP. Graphics are solid. Very little lag ever(only in cities) Voice acting is solid. 

I downloaded this game thinking I was going to hate it, and I could not have been more wrong.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

I want to see more about the level editor before I jump in.

elessarGObonzo
elessarGObonzo

f  uck that, pay for guaranteed beta access? ha.

yeah, that's free-to-play.

eesounds
eesounds

Despite my eagerness and excitement for The Elder Scrolls Online (TESO), Neverwinter is a game I will be keeping on my radar. There are a lot of MMORPG's that are coming out or already out (GW2, TESO, TERA, ...) and Neverwinter definitely seems like a contender. 


Personally I prefer the PvP aspect of a MMO (am I the only one?) so while I love and expect a great PvE experience, I am excited to learn more about the elements that PvP will employ to win me over games like Destiny or TESO.

collinmul
collinmul

  *nervously raises hand*

How 'bout being one of the first MMORPGs to be gamepad-compatible so I can use a controller to play!!

   *ducks to avoid assortment of objects thrown at him by other GameSpot users*

wilson336
wilson336

I really enjoyed the last beta weekend of this. Nice change from the auto-fight a lot of MMOs have. The change in combat controls so that it is more of an action fighting style is a good change.

power-fantastic
power-fantastic

I've played my share of MMO's and I didn't give the game much though when I saw the link to get in BW3 on gamespot.  Gotta admit the game was a lot of fun.  FYI the game also will have native controller support for those who tend to shy away from PC games due to lack of skill with KB&M.  I Put away my Nostromo for my Sabertooth and the game felt natural and this was with x-padder (gamepads were disabled for BW3). 

DrizztDark
DrizztDark

Sorry to say but this looks like just another very generic mmo once again, just set in the d & d world/theme... Where the f*** is baldur's gate 3?

Greyfeld
Greyfeld

Tried the last closed beta, and I got bored after about 2 hours.  The combat is barely more engaging than the typical point-and-click MMO combat, and the questing is mind-numbing.  "Go there, kill X number of those, clear out this dungeon, collect Y number of these..." I'm sure some people will enjoy it, being a Neverwinter game, but it's just more of your standard MMO fare.

I'm starting to wonder if there will ever be a company that learns that making the core gameplay mechanics of your game a boring slog makes it difficult to care about the game at all.

unreal_master
unreal_master

This is gonna be hard to play this and marvel heroes.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

I tend to avoid MMOs, but I have liked D&D games in the past.  I've watched some footage of this one and it seems somewhat interesting.  I might try it out at some point.

Fursnake
Fursnake

Apparently there will be no wipes from open beta to early access so consider the open beta the "release".

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

I played in the closed beta and was very surprised at how fun this game is.  No, it's not at all like Neverwinter Nights, it plays closer to Tera only better and with a Dungeons and Dragons twist/feel to it.  Personally I enjoyed the combat in Neverwinter Online much more than in Tera.

Also, they have player created quests!  In familiar DnD fashion, the players have the ability to create very intricate quests for everyone to complete and benefit from.  This is one of the main selling points in my opinion, as there will always be new content and storylines to follow.

Here's some Neverwinter Online Cleric gameplay at lower level: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNl-S0x2k4U


SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

If you take out the action combat from Tera, you have left is the most generic eastern MMO.  If you take out the clunky action combat from Neverwinter, you have left is the most generic western MMO. Pick your poison.

Raeldor
Raeldor

Is this the usual spam-fest MMO, or is there any strategy to the combat?

armagrath
armagrath

Well i've been in the last two closed betas, and i can safely say that this game is very very good for a f2p... looking foreward for it :) anyway, to those who didnt play this game in the past closed betas, well play neverwinter nights, it isnt the same thing but its a hell of an experience and it will let you know a little bit more of the lore

X-Blackrose
X-Blackrose

I've got to try the open beta. 

I've never even played Neverwinter before. I guess now would be the time to start?

Shmoe82
Shmoe82

I really liked the Neverwinter Nights games that were released about a decade ago; hope this is similar to them.

megakick
megakick

it is slightly different then DDO...

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

I just got back from snowboarding on my Neversummer.  Now I am reading news about a game called Neverwinter.

power-fantastic
power-fantastic

@elessarGObonzo 

Beta access is just that.  If you don't want it, don't pay.  Game is FTP starting 4-30-2013.  I honestly think the game is fun.  Its similar to GW2 in its fighting style. 

Ricardodeleo
Ricardodeleo

@collinmul FFXI is gamepad compatible... and was released more than 10 years ago... so no, this is not one of the first MMORPG's gamepad compatible.

power-fantastic
power-fantastic

@collinmul 

I play all my MMO's (WoW included) with a Controller.  I'm in another closed MMORPG Beta that picks up again this weekend and they are purposely incorporating gamepad support.  Only WoW had a learning curve with a gamepad (due to all those effin hotkeys!!!)  I think a lot of PC gamers / developers are seeing the benefits of a gamepad option along with kb&m for MMO's.  

As listed in my earlier post the game felt natural with a controller and it will have native support upon release.  I saw a lot of posts on the Neverwinter forums saying gamepad was the way to go for this game. 

thorn3000
thorn3000

@DrizztDark nah Baldurs gate was generic too........(just joking with ye)... but frankly would still enjoy another Icewind Dale more, like the more focused on tactical combat, especially in the second installment...

nu1mlock
nu1mlock

@Fursnake As with all free-to-play games. Open beta is basically what it's called when a F2P-game is released.

DGWTF
DGWTF

@Tripwolf  Well, if you call paying $400 for character-enhancing items pay to win..well uh... I guess, you're right.

Fursnake
Fursnake

@Raeldor 

The strategy amounts to 'move out of the circle' and 'try to control the adds'. Good luck on the second part until they manage to balance out aggro and threat, which was a big complaint at the end of BWE #3. 

Saketume
Saketume

@armagrath Sadly that means nothing to me.

"very very good for a F2P" is like saying "very very tasty for a turd"

I might try this particular game at some point though so I'll reserve my judgement till then.

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

@X-Blackrose Neverwinter Nights 1 and 2 plus all the expansion packs (especially Mask Of The Betrayer) are all great games.  Many would consider them classic status.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@Shmoe82 It's in no way similar to Neverwinter Nights, but it is a game on its own merits. It's a free to play mmorpg, but with great controls and combat. The story is not as flowing and branching as the game you mentioned or... some other high production value mmorpg that I dare not mention, but overall the game is worth a try. I only played one weekend of beta and it hooked me in.

DrizztDark
DrizztDark

@thorn3000 @DrizztDark either man. The isometric type games need to make their come back again... Loved all if them back in the day.

Greyfeld
Greyfeld

@infinity_ @Greyfeld On the contrary, I've been playing MMOs on and off for the better part of 20 years, and I'm waiting for a developer to actually get it right.

armagrath
armagrath

@Saketume@armagrath i know what you mean, anyway, what i meant was that the game is quite detailed for a f2p game, normaly a f2p game has almost no content and no dept at all, but this game gives you an expiriance that compares to what you may find in payed games.

power-fantastic
power-fantastic

@MatrixGamer78

I used a Dual Shock 3 (with Motion Joy) as I also game on the PS3. I got tired of Motion Joy adware crap so I recently bought a Razer Sabertooth (maybe 2months ago) and love it. 

Just found out about a new program called Scarlet Crush which is Motion Joy (without the extra) but the Sabertooth is my choice for pc gaming.  Prior to using gamepads I used a Nostromo and Death Adder mouse for WoW. 

Many MMO's are coming to (see Defiance) console (and some like the beta I'm in will allow for cross platform play with PC/PS3 )and its just natural to give people the choice of what peripheral to use.

Greyfeld
Greyfeld

@infinity_ lol If I'd said I was new to MMOs, you'd have a reason why THAT was bad, too.  So, it's good to see that you're at least consistently biased.

And it's fantastic that you enjoyed the game.  Have a blast.  I didn't, and I'm entitled to my opinion.

infinity_
infinity_

@Greyfeld @infinity_ Ofcourse you didnt like it, the game is actionbased and refreshing and youre an old man trying to look for things that just wont come again. Sorry to say it, but me and my brother had a blast during the beta and we love the game so far.