NWN2 rides Storm of Zehir

Atari and Obsidian Entertainment's D&D-inspired RPG expands for another time on PC with new 15-hour campaign.

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Earlier this month, Wizards of the Coast rolled out the 4th Edition rule set to its venerable Dungeons & Dragons pen-and-paper role-playing game. But even with the new 4.0 rules now in play, the 3.5 rule set isn't yet ready for retirement. An Obsidian Entertainment representative confirmed for GameSpot today that its acclaimed Neverwinter Nights 2 PC RPG--based on the older rule set--will expand for a second time with Storm of Zehir.

Details on the second NWN2 expansion have yet to be confirmed in an official capacity, but posts by developers on the Storm of Zehir forums do offer a few details on what gamers can expect. Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir will add approximately 15 hours of gameplay, and the game will pull the shape-shifting serpent Yuan-Ti from the Forgotten Realms fantasy universe as the primary antagonists.

Developers also note that Storm of Zehir gameplay will be reminiscent of both the Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale RPGs. In addition to the new storyline, the game will reportedly feature a variety of new classes, spells, monsters, and playable races, and Obsidian also promises improvements to the multiplayer component for both players and modders.

Published by Atari, Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir for the PC has not yet been dated.

Discussion

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evaneself
evaneself

But is without Planescape Torment, and more detailed... Check the games.

evaneself
evaneself

FORGOTTEN REALMS ARE: TEMPLE OF ELEMENTAL EVIL, DEMON STONE, DRAGONSHARD, ICEWIND DALE 1 with HEART OF WINTER, ICEWIND DALE 2, BALDUR'S GATE with TALES OF THE SWORD COASTS, BALDUR'S GATE 2 THRONE OF BHAAL and SHADOWS OF AMN, NEVERWINTER NIGHTS with SHADOWS OF THE UNDRENTIDE, HORDES OF UNDERDARK and KINGMAKER, NEVERWINTER NIGHTS 2 with MASK OF THE BETRAYER, STORM OF ZEHIR and WIZARDS OF THE COAST.

gusbravom
gusbravom

D&D and Forgotten Realms FOREVER!! Forgotten Realms: Baldur's Gate 1 & 2, Icewind Dale 1 & 2, Neverwinter Nights, Neverwinter Nights 2, Demon Stone Dungeon & Dragons: Planescape Torment, Temple Elemental Evil, Dragonshard Plus expansions and modules. Among other titles, the best RPG franchise. Thanks for the unforgettable moments.

qwertykeys
qwertykeys

I always enjoy NWN2 games. I can't wait!!

gothzane
gothzane

Looking forward to it =)

_gaguinho_
_gaguinho_

These are great news, the devs at Obsidian surely can do a awesome job.

sieg6529
sieg6529

see, this is why I wait to buy PC games, because I prefer to buy the bundle with all expansions. Waiting for NWN2 Diamond!

SrTVBR
SrTVBR

I can´t wait to play it. NWN2 has awesome history that involve us. And is a great game.

BewilderedRonin
BewilderedRonin

I hope they add in the beholder this time. I know there are community made beholders, but seriously OE, a D&D title with no beholder? What gives? Anyways, looking forward to throwing more cash into this franchise. With all of the great community made modules available, NWN2 is quite the bargain.

uberjannie
uberjannie

15 hours? Better not be expensive. lazy atari.

fastpunk
fastpunk

NWN2 is getting to be quite the purchase: The official campaign, the brilliant Mask of the Betrayer expansion, Mysteries of Westgate adventure pack, Planescape: Purgatorio and now this, another expansion. After a rocky start, Obsidian is more than making up for it. Can't wait for this. Long live "bird's eye view", story driven games with actual role-playing and depth!

grigjd3
grigjd3

Aren't we a little beyond bird's eye view rpgs by this point?

Analintruder06
Analintruder06

i hope this time, microsoft ´s windows vista run the game correctly, because there are issues to think about...

ftjx
ftjx

NWN2!? these abbreviations has been a poblem for a long time, sad to see the establised media doing it too........

Mauller
Mauller

@magusat999 Stick with cookie cutter JRPG. Basically what you're saying is, don't make it a D&D game. If you don't like dice rolls, don't play D&D.

Mauller
Mauller

I really wish that Bioware hadn't let Obsidian get their mits on this game. They just don't put the polish on their games that they should. Bugs galore, missing plot lines and content, they just don't seem to care as much. And NWN2 was a resource hog for no real good reason.

Warghost2k
Warghost2k

Hmm....I wonder if they'll finally get the camera control right. Lead the avatar's movement with the camera,don't lead the camera's movement with the avatar. WoW does it right, and NWN2 is still borderline unplayable. You would think a development house with years of experience would be smarter. Oh well, Obsidian also botched KOTOR2's ending, so I don't have much faith in them.

Atombomb1981
Atombomb1981

Obsidian should complete the main game first and then think of add-ons.

magusat999
magusat999

The NWN series is a lot a fun, a must play, but I just can't figure out why they use the D&D ruleset so extensively as to include it in areas like the stats in the game. Of all the people who play NWN, only the extreme, and extremely old nerds probably have any idea about what that cryptic junk means. sure you get a simple synopsis with the software - but why don't you just use the ruleset when coding the game, and give us a more friendly interface? I really don't need to see and decipher 1d6-8... I'm not using dice and when I'm playing a game I don't feel like doing math. Here is where games like NWN need to look at games like Final Fantasy or Titan's Quest and provide us with something informational, yet easy to identify with. The dice roll is for the board game, and has no place or need in a graphical game. There are so many other ways to show the qualities of things with an open canvas - why be stuck with dice rolls?

MattRorie
MattRorie

I hope you guys dig this! It's shaping up to be a lot of fun! We'll have a lot more info on it in the future.

Spynz
Spynz

kes1984 they are putting it on steam, yay!!

Spynz
Spynz

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Kez1984
Kez1984

Come on guys, put it on steam.

lostn
lostn

"I wonder if this means NWN2 will go the route of NWN with a gold edition, then platinum, then diamond..." It already has... I've seen some "ultimate" NWN pack that had all NWN stuff plus NWN2 (no expansion). Then I saw some NWN2 pack (they're running out of names to use) which had NWN2 plus Betrayer expansion. It is almost certain that there will be another pack that includes the 3rd expansion, and maybe one that will include everything from NWN + NWN2 up till this point. NWN1 went from gold, to platinum, to diamond, and it didn't end there. The diamond had 2 expansions, then they added some other pack which had Diamond plus Kingmaker which is just a mod pack. Bioware/Obsidian are milkers.

lostn
lostn

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aj_marquez
aj_marquez

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mysterylobster
mysterylobster

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Lightz39
Lightz39

MoW is an adventure pack....not an expansion.

Dark_Mits
Dark_Mits

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Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

How is this the third expansion? This is the second; first was mask of the betrayer. Get it right GS hahaha

somberfox
somberfox

There's a second expansion? Where's the second one?

Hadoki
Hadoki

very good notice ^^

DarkElf2112
DarkElf2112

Wow, this is great news! I was afraid that the NWN franchise had run it's course. I hope this turns up sometime later this year.

wellisonmalaco
wellisonmalaco

They will leave D&D 4 to the next Neverwinter Nights

smerlus
smerlus

was wondering when they were going to give NWN2 another treatment

TehEliteElite
TehEliteElite

"gameplay will be reminiscent of both the Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale RPGs" I hope the story is reminiscent of BG!!!

Kez1984
Kez1984

I wish they would hurry up and put there atari games on steam. kos1085@ What is it with console users just posting to be jerks?

WizengamotX
WizengamotX

NWN2 sucks compared to NWN. It sucks. What a disappointing game.

Trindris
Trindris

Hurray! And to warstrekkid, I believe there already is a gold edition.

mysterylobster
mysterylobster

This article misses one of the key additions to this game: the introduction of a true overland map to NWN2.

warstrekkid
warstrekkid

I wonder if this means NWN2 will go the route of NWN with a gold edition, then platinum, then diamond...

qaz88aof
qaz88aof

"reminiscent of both the Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale RPGs" (Unreal Tournament Announcer Voice) - Wicked Sick!