Thursday, October 13, 2011

The perfect world of Neverwinter

The perfect world of Neverwinter

Neverwinter by Cryptic, is a game that was promised a year ago, primarily as a cooperative online RPG, but not necessarily an MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online game).

In May this year the Chinese company of MMOs Perfect World (of the game by the same name) has acquired Cryptic, and with it the game Neverwinter. As expected, now the game is designed to become a full MMO. The good news is that it will be free to play (no charge), in like manner of Perfect World.

The bad news is that this transition process delayed the game by at least one year, and Neverwinter is scheduled for the end of 2012. Anyone who believes the world will end on that date is not counting on playing Neverwinter...

I personally believe that Neverwinter will be a suitable game to play at Judgement Day.

I also believe that the game will appeal more to fans of Dungeons & Dragons than to fans of Perfect World, as we can infer from the video below. The classic scene of the tavern where the characters get to know their mission, the mysterious veteran soldier who "gives the quest" for the characters, the epic battle against armies of undead, liches and chromatic dragons (in this case a blue lightning-breather dragon) , all these elements of oldschool Dungeons & Dragons are there in the video.

In fact, I think this video only is much more D & D than the latest D & D books, in which Wizards of the Coast is trying to do a "pen & paper" World of Warcraft, targeting the very success of the most popular MMO ever. Surely a foolish goal, as tabletop RPGs and video game RPGs are two different things, each with its own niche. But that's a topic for another post.

For now, enjoy the Neverwinter video, which is pretty cool: