Xbox One Getting MMO Neverwinter; Coming to China First, then US and Europe

Free-to-play MMO set in the D&D universe launching in September in China, then in the first half of 2015 in Europe and North America.

MMORPG Neverwinter is coming consoles, beginning with Xbox One, publisher Perfect World Entertainment announced today. The free-to-play game developed by Cryptic Studios and based in the Dungeons & Dragons Universe will launch first in China this September, before it comes to North America and Europe in the first half of 2015.

Interestingly, Perfect World said in a statement that Neverwinter is "coming to consoles, starting with Xbox One," suggesting other platforms are also in the works, including potentially the PlayStation 4.

Neverwinter was originally released for PC in June 2013. The Xbox One version will require an Xbox Live Gold subscription, which will cost you $10/month or $60/year. You might think that consoles aren't a great match for MMOs, considering that a game controller is often less functional than a keyboard and mouse, but Perfect World doesn't see it this way.

"Consoles are a perfect fit for action-oriented MMORPGs like Neverwinter, and we are thrilled to be one of the first publishers to bring premium free-to-play titles to leading next-gen platforms," Perfect World CEO Alan Chen said in a statement. "Being able to bring Neverwinter to the Xbox One is a critical achievement for Perfect World. It is our first step taking our games beyond the PC market."

While gamers await the console version of Neverwinter, they can play the new Tyranny of Dragons expansion for the PC version. Launching August 14, this expansion adds the new Scourge Warlock character, among other things.

Another high-profile MMO coming to consoles is The Elder Scrolls Online, which was recently delayed, and is now coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 sometime this holiday.

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blackace
blackace

As long as it's FREE to PLAY, I'll check it out. Not paying any $15 a month to play MMO's anymore. They can forget that crap.

ferna1234
ferna1234

is it going to be D&D context or D&D rules? because last neverwinter MMO was no D&D at all. just the title.

xkaizerbeastx13
xkaizerbeastx13

I think this is the only PS4 game that I will ever play since all the retail games will require PS+.

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

finally! The neverwinter franchise goes MMO! I can surelly remember the complaints of the original games. The role of the main hero is sooooo daunting, and why the hell there is a plot? we all wanted to play fetch quests as just a nobody with a disfunctional team of total strangers, right guys?.....guys?

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

You can see their reasoning..  China is big with the PC gaming so what better place to start than an MMO.


Thing is..  You'd have thought a game over a year old wouldn't be worth the cost of stumping up $600 followed by $60 for live.  That's a fair whack for a title the PC community will have been playing for well over a year..  If they'd have wanted to play it they've possible already done so?


That said..  The Last of Us has just re-released on PS4 after 12 months and the sales of that appear to be booming.


Only time will tell I guess.  Be interesting to see how well consoles take off in China.



soulstealer138
soulstealer138

Sounds good to me, I've always loved the forgotten realms universe, look forward to checking this out next year! 

AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

Good news for the console. Kevin Van Nord gave the game a 6, which is what he gave ES online. Not sure if the x box 1 has any other MMOs on it, but it is a decent start if there are none.

Pelezinho777
Pelezinho777

Why bother, the game is piece of cr@p anyway. Play Swtor or Firefall instead...on PC.

Jasbro
Jasbro

Pretty sure DC Online and FF14 are doing pretty well on consoles and i know DCO is actually doing better on consoles than PC, so i dont know were they're getting their "You might think that consoles aren't a great match for MMOs, considering that a game controller is often less functional than a keyboard and mouse, but Perfect World doesn't see it this way" from.


Fact of the matter is Action MMO's can be better with a controller, its not a new concept.

ignitingicarus
ignitingicarus

I'm sure it's been said already, but FFXI already did this a long time ago. It arguably played better with a controller.


Forgot about EQOA for a moment there as well. I don't remember how well that controlled, though.

blueinheaven
blueinheaven

Cool, a free to play MMO that Microsoft charge you $10 a month to play. I still find it hilarious that people pay MS for the privilege of using their own internet which they pay for already.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

"The Xbox One version will require an Xbox Live Gold subscription, which will cost you $10/month or $60/year."


DEAD GAME WALKING!

Alekxander
Alekxander

Oh good, now xbox players will have a pay-to-win online game like playstation players have Warframe. Everybody wins (as long as you pay)! :D :D

tommynj
tommynj

This game will play a lot better on console than pc.

blackace
blackace

Aahh.. they answered my question. I was wondering if and when Neverwinter online would come to the U.S. game consoles. Can't wait.

jako998
jako998

I never was a big fan of neverwinter but I may give it a try when it comes to Xbox one in Next year.. im just made US and EU have to wait longer to get it... why cant the game come out everywhere at once ?

Random_Matt
Random_Matt

Can i just have a Nevewinter nights III please, 

Dcyple3000
Dcyple3000

F2P locked behind paywall. Fail!

russell210
russell210

@3dmatrixgamer I stopped playing WoW about 1 year ago and haven't looked back because I can play GW2 for free with similar results.  HOWEVER, if they brought it to console, I'd definitely reconsider for the ability to play a popular MMO with a controller.

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

@Jasbro Even if it does work, i wouldn't want to play with players using a controller for it. It's simply too risky in heated situations.

AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

@ignitingicarus  It controlled fine. You could use a keyboard with your PS2 and it worked pretty well with the game. I played the chit out of it and heard it finally had it's curtain call a few years ago after being online for a while.

tmorri603
tmorri603

@blueinheaven No, they are not charging you use the internet. An internet service provider is charging you for that. They are charging you to access their network of servers, paying top talent to keep that network safe, and installing more servers to cut down on latency. 

xantufrog
xantufrog

@blackace Isn't this supposed to be very mediocre? I know not all reviews can be trusted. Just hearing the name makes me want to go play Neverwinter Nights, though. Maybe some Planescape Torment...

kellian1
kellian1

@Dcyple3000 Exactly, why would i want to play this on the Xbox One when I can just go 10 feet to my PC and play it for free without needing xbox live? They really need to change that policy soon...

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@Dcyple3000 World of Tanks is pretty popular among X360 players.

The game needs just to be good.

blueinheaven
blueinheaven

@tmorri603 @blueinheaven Oh I see. All Perfect's games are completely free on PC they already have their own servers what's special about this one that they need Microsoft to force people pay a monthly fee to play it? Same servers. Please stop with the bull, MS are taking 'their share' of something that has nothing to do with them just like they do when they charge you ON TOP of your network provider fee to play ANY game online on X1.

blueinheaven
blueinheaven

@sladakrobot @blueinheaven If you don't want X1 Gold and want to play 'just this game' which is 'free to play' you need to pay MS 10 dollars a month. Why? Ask them, not me. Or just bend over and take it and slap them on the back in congratulations while you're at it.

Alekxander
Alekxander

@sladakrobot @Alekxander Mmm. Not in the beginning. But once you reach endgame, if you want to do pvp or large-scale pve, pretty much. 

If you just roll a new character whenever you reach max level, you won't have to worry about it too much though.

blackace
blackace

@kellian1 @Dcyple3000 You should have already been playing it back in 2013 when it launched on the PC. You still have to pay that ISP provider. No game is played online for FREE. Can't wait for this to come to XB1.

iammcgruber
iammcgruber

@blueinheaven @sladakrobot If anyone has an xbox One and does NOT have xbox live...there's something seriously wrong. Xbox Live is such a critical piece of the xbox I can't imagine what they do on it. And the number of people who are not Gold members has to be extremely small and obviously they wouldn't be interested in this online game anyways. So no, it is free to play for those who have the full xbox experience which is majority.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@Alekxander
Good,i am not interested in pvp at all.

I am all for co-op.

kellian1
kellian1

@blackace @kellian1 @Dcyple3000 Ahh yes the old "well you paying for internet anyway so it's not free," excuse to defend this xbox gold nonsense. Love it!! I pay for internet not to play games (though I do play games). I only play games that are FTP on my PC because they are , you know, FTP. I would have the internet anyway regardless of any game, FTP or otherwise, so the games are a bonus. How you equate costs here is rather amusing.


I dont have xbox gold (and yes still consider myself a gamer thank you very much) and see no reason why they decided to hide FTP games behind it. And oh, by the way, I have been playing since release, it would have been nice to play on the big screen TV in the living room. I'll manage without though and will continue to enjoy it on my PC, among a few other FTP games that I also play. 

blueinheaven
blueinheaven

@TabularBeast @blueinheaven Nope I'll get one for DA Inquisition and an X1 for Halo Masterchief Collection. Still playing a couple of games on PS3 and 360 before I make the big leap lol.

blueinheaven
blueinheaven

@iammcgruber @blueinheaven @sladakrobot You can't imagine what they do on it? Play games maybe? Or are you saying the X1 isn't a games console? I have a 360 and never bought live. I never bought PSN for PS3 either I play all multiplayer games on PC only because it's much better and much faster.

TabularBeast
TabularBeast

@blueinheaven Okay. I was just wondering because you are giving Microsoft a lot of crap for the online fee when Sony has the same thing for the Playstation 4. Of course, Sony doesn't doesn't require it for free-to-play but regardless, they both have an online fee set-up yet you weren't acknowledging Sony for it. Seemed very one-sided.

blueinheaven
blueinheaven

@TabularBeast @blueinheaven Sony charging people to play games online blows as well. I kind of resent it as a PC gamer who plays a lot of games online and don't pay for anything outside of the cost of the game in question and of course my internet fee on top of that. I still buy consoles for single player exclusives though, some really good games coming up on both systems.

TabularBeast
TabularBeast

@blueinheaven I can understand that. Sorry if I came off as an asshole. It's just a peeve of mine when people bad mouth Microsoft for a practice that Sony does as well, but never acknowledge them for it. I agree though, the online charge is a bit outrageous when PC gets it for free(excluding ISPs), but as an owner of all 3 systems, I don't mind paying for it. $60 a year isn't too much for me, if you know how to look you can even get it for half of that price. Every system comes with their own pros and cons and it's up to the gamer to determine what their preference is. 

blueinheaven
blueinheaven

@TabularBeast @blueinheaven Not a problem it was a fair question I know they are both as bad as each other at least this gen anyway. It's not the price that irks me, just the principle of the thing. I'm not really that bothered I prefer playing online games with a mouse and keyboard anyway but like most people on here I'll drop my 2 cents in on anything I consider controversial.

TabularBeast
TabularBeast

@blueinheaven I get that. I can understand why Microsoft charges and has charged for many years, though. It adds to the quality and stability of Xbox Live. Sony didn't charge for PSN the whole generation of the PS3 and it got hacked and screwed with on multiple occasions. Xbox Live rarely ever was targeted. That just goes to show you how much of a difference that fee made. Sure, I would love to get Xbox Live for free but if it meant sacrificing the quality of it then I wouldn't do it. This is a prime example of "you get what you pay for."

blueinheaven
blueinheaven

@TabularBeast @blueinheaven That's fair enough though it's kind of ironic that MS tried to force everyone to use the X1 online at all times then they expect the player to pay the cost of making it secure and safe to do so.


Also, charging a monthly fee to do a lot of things that are completely free on PC is just plain crass. I know there are other considerations such as free games etc but I choose myself what I buy and want to play and have no interest in indie titles or old games.


Like you said it's up to the individual and most people use these 'services' on both consoles I know I'm in the minority. I'm not saying Xbox live and PSN should be free I'm saying they shouldn't exist :)

TabularBeast
TabularBeast

@blueinheaven Glad to have an intellectual conversation. It's rare these days. 


Microsoft did do better getting rid of the paywall for Netflix and all those other things. That was very unnecessary. So, really, Gold is for online play and getting those games and deals. That seems fair to me. Again,  I don't mind paying so it doesn't affect me too much. 


If people don't want to pay then PC is the better choice. There is something for everyone and I respect all viewpoints on the matter.