Slightly Mad Studios reveals World of Speed massively multiplayer online racing game !

Award-Winning Developer bring the ultimate AAA free-to-play online racing game to PCs in 2014

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif – February 10, 2014 – Slightly Mad Studios, the critically acclaimed developer known for their pedigree in racing video games, today unveiled World of Speed, a AAA massively multiplayer online arcade racing video game. World of Speed will be available in 2014 as a free-to-play experience on PCs.

In World of Speed, players will hop in the driver’s seat of an endless garage of cars ranging from everyday city runners to the fastest super cars on the planet to the most iconic cars from throughout the storied history of auto racing. Players will find themselves racing on true-to-life tracks spanning the globe and on tracks only a speed freak could dream up, carved from roadways across cities including London and San Francisco.

“At the heart of World of Speed lies a unique massive multiplayer online experience which incorporates a dynamic social elements and entirely new ways to compete in a racing video game – from an individual to a team level,” said Ian Bell, Chief Executive Officer of Slightly Mad Studios. “World of Speed is an online game and will be continuously supported with innovative and fresh content to keep the competition furious well after its launch.”

World of Speed introduces a new level of connected competition allowing players real-time interactive social gameplay through intense Club and team gameplay, the Airfield social hub, and unique missions and objectives in every race to make every players actions really matter. As an online experience, World of Speed will be supported with live events and player challenges, new gameplay modes, tracks and cars and much more.

World of Speed will be entering closed beta in Spring 2014. To learn more about World of Speed and for a chance to play the fast-paced action in the closed beta, visit and sign up at www.worldofspeed.com. The game will be published worldwide by My.com.

About Slightly Mad Studios Ltd
Slightly Mad Studios is an independent, award winning developer known most recently for its work on Electronic Arts’ Need For Speed franchise with the successful SHIFT series. The company has a core studio located near Tower Bridge, London but predominantly uses a unique distributed development system that allows the team to attract worldwide talent, be cost-effective and ultra-efficient.

 

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RIFT 2.5 Song of Dreams Update Now Live !

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Update 2.5: Song of Dreams Brings New Content for Everyone

Redwood Shores, CA (November 8, 2013)RIFT®, the award-winning free-to-play MMORPG from Trion Worlds, has gone live with its latest update in Rift 2.5 Song of Dreams.

This update features all new content, including an all-new underwater mini saga called Song of Dreams and Gifts of the Fae, a new Level-60 version of a favourite Telaran instance every week starting from the 13th of November.

Other Rift 2.5 Song of Dreams additions include: A reduction of the level requirement on quests and content in Iron Pine Peak allowing players to level straight from Gloamwood or Stonefield, improved PvP matchmaking, a new Planar Attunement Nexus, a new Infinity Gate Dimension, International Shards and much more.

For the full list of patch notes and more information, please visit http://community.riftgame.com/en/2013/11/06/song-of-dreams/ or join the RIFT Community at http://community.riftgame.com/en/

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About RIFT
Adventure in the world of Telara as either a noble Guardian or technomagical Defiant and enter a dynamic fantasy where 8 primal forces battle for control in an ever-changing landscape. Build your own class using the Ascended Soul system, embark on epic conflicts that bring you into the story, battle others in exhilarating Player vs. Player combat, achieve new heights of power by tackling epic raids, and so much more. See  www. RIFT game.com for more information.

About Trion Worlds
Trion Worlds is a leading publisher and developer of premium games for the connected era. Powered by a breakthrough development and publishing platform, Trion is revolutionizing the way games are developed, played and sold. Trion’s top-notch team delivers high-quality, dynamic, and massively social games operated as live services across the biggest game genres and devices, including the critically acclaimed blockbuster, Rift®, and the groundbreaking trans-media cros

Dungeons & Dragons Neverwinter – Module 2: Shadowmantle Preview

Did you catch our Sprite Companion trailer last week? You may have caught a glimpse of a mysterious figure at the end of the trailer. We are proud to reveal that mysterious figure will be the next playable class in Neverwinter: the Hunter Ranger. The new playable class is part of Shadowmantle, the second free expansion Module coming to Neverwinter.

But, that’s not all Module 2 will bring. Since the launch of the Feywild expansion, the Neverwinter Team has been working hard at expanding the Neverwinter experience. We are excited to reveal some details on upcoming changes and additions to Neverwinter and how they’ll provide you with more combat choices and ways to improve the way you play.

Hunter Ranger

From the depths of the Neverwinter Woods comes the newest class, the Hunter Ranger. The Hunter Ranger has the unique ability to strike down opponents from range with his/her bow, or get up close and personal with his/her blades. This will be a unique gameplay experience, giving players the opportunity to switch from ranged to melee on-the-fly.

Ever since our live launch, there have been many requests for an archer and we couldn’t be more excited to offer the new class in the upcoming expansion. We will reveal more details in an upcoming blog so be sure to check back for updates.

Check out the reveal trailer below to see the Hunter Ranger in action.

Paragon Paths

Ever wanted to turn your Guardian Fighter into a Swordmaster? Do you wish your Control Wizard could use fire spells instead of lightning? With the Shadowmantle update, you’ll be able to try out new abilities with new Paragon Paths. The expansion will add brand new selections of powers along with new Paragon Paths for each class.  Each path will give the player one new At-Will, one new Encounter, one new Daily, three Class Features and three Feats. This will introduce a variety of combat choices and bring a more unique gameplay experience to each player.

Dread Ring Campaign

Deep within Neverwinter Woods lies the Dread Ring, a massive structure built as a focus for ritual magic, now broken but still powerful. One should take caution when entering this land as even the most unobservant adventurers can tell this is a warped place.

The Dread Ring Campaign will introduce new loot, new rewards and buffs, more powerful items and iconic Dungeons & Dragons bosses to battle. We’ve heard your feedback regarding the Feywild campaign, and we’re happy to announce that the Dread Ring Campaign progression will be much less linear.

Artifacts

With Shadowmantle, we will continue improving your gameplay experience with Artifacts. These are brand new items you can equip to your character, just like any piece of equipment. Furthermore, these items will grant you unique powers and will continue to get more powerful as you level them up. Artifacts can be obtained through quest rewards, campaign rewards or as loot from monsters.

Collections

For the adventurers who love achievements and collecting items, we’re happy to announce the Collections System. Very similar to achievements, this system will be based on items collected rather than actions you completed.  By collecting certain items in-game, like companions, you’ll earn points which will net you some nice loot. It’s never been so rewarding to be a hoarder!

With the Artifacts, the Collection system, and Paragon Paths, we hope to address balancing concerns along with improving your overall gameplay experience. In addition to these features, we are also implementing the vote-kick system, a highly-requested community feature. This is just a sample of what the Neverwinter Team has in stored for you with the Shadowmantle update. We are always striving to provide you with the best possible experience and community feedback has played a key role in the addition of upcoming features.

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RIFT™ GOES FREE ON STEAM !

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Award-Winning MMORPG Available For Immediate Download Today

Redwood Shores, CA (October 28, 2013)RIFT®, the award-winning free-to-play MMORPG from Trion Worlds, is now available on Steam, Valve Software’s world-class PC games digital store.

Steam gamers can now create their ideal avatar with the deep Ascended Class System and battle through the planes alongside their friends – with no subscription requirement to gain access to the game and its 16 major updates, including raids and dungeons, massive battles across three continents, new content from the Storm Legion expansion, unique housing Dimensions, and much more.

“Steam has been an amazing partner for Trion,” said Scott Hartsman, CEO of Trion Worlds. “When we first launched RIFT, Steam’s dedicated community of gamers helped bring our vision of a dynamic, exciting world to life. We’re thrilled to now bring the free version of the game to the largest network of PC gamers online.”

In addition to the industry-leading, free experience Trion Worlds has also launched three special editions filled with perks and credits to give players a head start as they head into Telara: the RIFT Ascended Edition, the RIFT Patron Edition and the RIFT Ultimate Hardcore Patron Edition.

For more information, please visit http://community.riftgame.com/?p=2956 or join the RIFT Steam Community at http://steamcommunity.com/app/39120

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EXCLUSIVE NOSGOTH CLOSED ALPHA EXTENDS TO NORTH AMERICA AND THROUGHOUT EUROPE

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Register For The Chance To Take Part Now!

Square Enix and Psyonix are pleased to confirm that gamers in North America and throughout Europe are now eligible to take part in the exclusive Nosgoth Closed Alpha.

To celebrate this exciting milestone and the first playable session that took place last week, a selection of screenshots from the Closed Alpha sessions have been released.

For the first time, players can take an active part in this brutal war between Humans and Vampires in the struggle to control their broken land . With a range of classes within each race, an arsenal of deadly weapons and an array of customisation, gamers will need to rely on strategy, communication and team work to become victorious and fight another day.

New recruits are already fighting in the war for Nosgoth. To join the exclusive Closed Alpha register now at www.nosgoth.com as the number of invitations are extremely limited. Subscribers need to whitelist the confirmation email address noreply@xmail.eu.square-enix.com to ensure they do not miss out on access keys.

For all Nosgoth updates please visit www.nosgoth.com.

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Official Website: http://nosgoth.com
Official Facebook®: https://www.facebook.com/NosgothOfficial
Official Twitter®: @Nosgoth
Official YouTube®: http://www.youtube.com/Nosgoth

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Neverwinter Summer Festival


Summer is in full swing and we’re so excited to celebrate it in Neverwinter. For nearly three weeks, players can log in and earn some amazing rewards by participate in the new Summer Festival Event! Log in every day, play Neverwinter, and you could earn new mounts, new companions, or even fashion garments!

Summer Festival details: http://nw.perfectworld.com/news/?p=95…

Neverwinter Accolades – 2 million unique players !

Neverwinter has achieved an incredible milestone: 2 million unique players! After going live on June 20, 2013, we’ve continuously been receiving praise from critics and fans alike! See what they had to say in our newest trailer.

Don’t forget new Module, Fury of the Feywild, will be live on August 22, 2013!

Register and play Neverwinter for free: http://www.playneverwinter.com
Learn more about the new content expansion: http://nw.perfectworld.com/furyofthef…

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Aion 4.5 “Aethertech” Class Preview

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MMO AION Free-to-Play will add a new class with Update 4.5, due later this year.
The ‘Rider’ class will provide players with a mechanical warrior perfect for encounters requiring close-quarters combat, with devastating melee attacks and heavy firepower.

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THE AGE OF FREE-TO-PLAY HAS DAWNED ON RIFT !

Update 2.3: Empyreal Assault Brings New Content for Everyone

Redwood Shores, CA (June 12, 2013) RIFT®, the award-winning MMORPG from Trion Worlds , is now entirely free-to-play with no trials, no tricks, and no traps. Players around the world can Build their Perfect Class, engage titanic bosses in Massive Dynamic Battles, achieve greatness through epic dungeons and raids, and so much more – all without a subscription. The new era of truly free-to-play gaming has dawned on Telara!

“The aim is to keep free and paid players on the same level — this is not pay-to-win,” said Bill Fisher, Creative Director of RIFT. “Players will see key differences between RIFT and other MMOs that have adopted free-to-play: we don’t restrict content, and we don’t offer pay-to-win items.”

There are no restrictions on levels or content for registered free players; the entire world is open to explore and conquer. The expanded in-game RIFT Store offers thousands of items and services – from faction changes to mounts, pets, boosts, and much more – but the best gear must be earned in-game. For those looking for the ultimate RIFT experience, a subscription is available that offers a suite of awesome “Patron” benefits.

Update 2.3: Empyreal Assault is a huge update featuring a massive new zone (Dendrome), 10-player raid, Chronicle, open-world raid bosses, game performance improvements, and more! Play your way in RIFT as the Ascended face the Architect swarms consuming the Dendrome, and celebrate new freedoms with Atrophinius and his merry Satyrs in the whimsical town of Hailol.

To learn more about RIFT Free-to-Play, visit: http://www.riftgame.com/en/promo/freetoplay.php

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Neverwinter – A Token of Gratitude from the Neverwinter Team

Thanks for all the great items you have gave us ! Very cool of Cryptic !

When we opened the doors of the Neverwinter Open Beta on April 30, we expected there to be all kinds of responses, from positive feedback and fun player stories to bug reports and constructive feedback…We’ve counted on these responses to make the game even better as we get closer and closer to our live launch.

What we did not expect, and should have, is how amazingly supportive and helpful our community would be during the brief snags that we might hit along the way.  We are sincerely overwhelmed by all of the positive comments and feedback that we’ve received from you over the past few weeks, and would like to express our deepest thanks for your ongoing support and willingness to help us make Neverwinter one of the best free-to-play MMORPGs around.

Case in point: this past weekend, the Neverwinter community helped us to identify a major exploit involving the Auction House and Astral Diamond Exchange, which we promptly addressed through a number of corrective actions, including permanent bans on exploitative accounts and a necessary rollback to the time before the exploit was initiated.  We realize the frustration that the rollback and related downtime may have caused and are deeply sorry for this inconvenience.  We’re also overwhelmed by your positive support and patience during the downtime, as well as your assistance in identifying the issue and helping us to develop and implement a solution as quickly as possible.

We’d like to thank you in the best way possible: by giving you some fun free stuff in-game to recognize your support throughout the Neverwinter Open Beta period. This thank-you, in the form of the Caterday Survivor’s Pack, includes:

Stone of Health

Cape of Catastrophe

Dwarven Facemask

5x Teleport Scroll – Protector’s Enclave

2x Adventurer’s XP Booster

All characters that have been created before 5AM Pacific on Sunday, May 19, 2013, will receive the Caturday Survivor’s Pack, which will appear in your in-game mail as an attachment to the message, “You Survived!”  The items within the Caturday Survivor’s Pack are bound to each character that receives it.

Once again, thank you so very much for all of your help and support throughout the Neverwinter Open Beta.  We’re extremely grateful and proud to be part of one of the best MMORPG communities around.

HAWKEN – New Facility Map !

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Level Designer Tyler Buser introduces pilots to the new Facility map, coming May 9 with the Facility Update!
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Deep in the Heidron District, this Sentium location is one of many resource extraction facilities built to harvest and process rare floating rock minerals. Set above the sprawling Haran cavorite mines, this facility finds itself isolated by a vast and deadly desert landscape that few dare to cross.

Facility is a symmetrical level. In the center of the environment lies the structure itself which boasts open air platforms above and tight interiors below. The missile silo’s triangular layout ensures that no capture point is ever too far to engage nor too safe to leave undefended.

The apex of the facility is both a powerful but vulnerable position. Be sure to harass snipers that take this position to keep them running for cover. Though dangerously exposed and uncertain, taking the high point is possible with a direct approach and brute force. Instead, players would be wise to utilize the facility’s interior to quickly access the roof and surprise unlucky snipers.

The facility’s central chamber has many entrances and exits. These routes make the interior a great means to traverse the complex without being noticed. However, these concealed routes can also attract heavier mechs that take advantage of the tight spaces, allowing them to corner and overwhelm their opponents.

The facility’s front missile silo features an exposed battlement that is a favorite of Rocketeers. While it can be easily flanked by the many converging paths that lead to it, if locked down this point can greatly influence the entire battle.

DUST 514 Launch Heralds New Era of First-Person Shooters !

The Uprising Begins: PlayStation®3 Gamers Worldwide Gain the Power to Topple Empires, Free of Charge

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND – 05-14-2013 CCP Games, the leading independent developer of massively multiplayer games, today launched DUST 514®, the world’s first free-to-play, multiplayer first-person shooter on a console. The battle for dominance of the EVE Universe escalates to new heights today as DUST mercenaries forge their paths to fame and fortune in a PlayStation ®3 exclusive.Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usFree Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

Launch is only the beginning of the journey for DUST 514 players. As with CCP’s first game, EVE Online®, DUST 514 is an ever-evolving game as a service, built on the technical foundation and experience CCP has gathered over the past decade. New features, content, and upgrades are planned for years to come, beginning with an update in June and additional major releases throughout 2013. All updates to DUST 514 come at no cost, truly keeping the game free-to-play for all players.Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usFree Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

DUST 514 has been forged by the willpower and skills of the players who have joined us on the journey to launch, and the talent and determination of our development teams around the world,” said CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson. “We are now poised for the next phase of development of DUST 514 and the EVE Universe. We are off to a fantastic start, and ahead is the opportunity to expand even further what games can become. After a decade of preparing for this moment, we will at last see the emerging society of DUST players begin to fight gun-and-grenade for planetary dominance, alongside their EVE Online brethren. For all we have done so far, our best moments are yet to come.”Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usFree Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

DUST 514 is a new breed of first-person shooter, which in addition to tight gunplay features a path to unlimited dropsuit fittings and customization options, taking the player to new dimensions of character progression. The end result is a unique tactical advantage that will allow mercenaries to push DUST 514 beyond the bounds set by the game’s creators, and arm them with the ability to impact their war on a galactic scale.Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usFree Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

DUST 514 is also fully integrated with the notorious sci-fi setting of EVE Online, a massive game universe that recently surpassed a half-million subscribers worldwide and which has been growing and expanding for a decade. Together, DUST 514 and EVE Online offer a combined sandbox of unprecedented intergalactic scale, with the outcome of ground battles impacting the persistent universe of EVE and shifting the tide of war for legions of participants. Mercenaries can gain advantage by coordinating with starship pilots in EVE Online, calling in devastating orbital strikes against opposing squads.Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usFree Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

The fortunes of DUST 514 players will rise and fall as they align themselves with like-minded warriors to make their mark across the EVE Universe. Players join forces with their fellow DUST mercenaries and EVE Online capsuleers to form player-run corporations and alliances, conquer planets and solar systems one battle at a time, and claim their own pieces of New Eden to serve the greater good – or their own ambitions!Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usFree Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

Coinciding with the launch of DUST 514, CCP will be offering three new item bundles on the PSN Store and the Sony Entertainment Network Store:

·         Mercenary Pack – An updated version of the popular open beta bundle that includes 40,000 Aurum to spend in-game, a 30-day skill booster (+50%), and exclusive gear.  ($19.99 / £15.99 / €19.99)

·         Veteran Pack – Comes with dropsuits, boosters, 100,000 Aurum, a permanent Blood Raider Acolyte vehicle, a deadly sniper rifle, and more. ($49.99 / £39.99 / €49.99)

·         Elite Pack – The ultimate in mercenary preparedness, the Elite Pack offers 200,000 Aurum, boosters, four dropsuits, multiple weapons, a permanent light attack vehicle, and a collection of Heavy Assault Vehicles. ($99.99 / £84.99 / €99.99)

The uprising of DUST 514’s mercenaries has begun, and their impact will leave New Eden forever altered.
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RIFT Free to Play – Developer Diary

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PLAY ALL YOU WANT AND PAY WHAT YOU WANT AS RIFT® GOES FREE-TO-PLAY!
Trion Responds to Community Demand; Trion’s Proven MTX Engine to Power Free-to-Play RIFT
Redwood Shores, CA (May 14, 2013) RIFT®, the award-winning online game from Trion Worlds, will adopt a free-to-play business model starting June 12, 2013. Players will be able to experience the entire game world; every dungeon, every zone, and every level and get full access to all current and future game updates.

“We have been listening to feedback from our players and watching the continuously developing MMO community, and are now ready to launch RIFT as a premium free-to-play experience,” said Bill Fisher, Creative Director of RIFT. “After taking our time and planning a careful transition; we are very excited to bring an enhanced game experience to everyone, without barriers.”

All players will be able to explore the entire world of Telara for free and will have access to the expanded in-game RIFT Store where a variety of services–mounts, boosts, wardrobe items, and more–will be available for purchase. An optional subscription will still be available that grants a slew of “Patron” benefits and bonuses to maximize the RIFT experience. Trion will celebrate its current and previous subscribers with loyalty and currency rewards for their time spent playing RIFT thus far.

“As a gamer’s game, a super fun and fair experience is of the utmost importance to us,” said Fisher. “Players will have the opportunity to buy customizations and boosts to heighten their play experience; however the best gear in the game will always have to be earned through playing RIFT.”

RIFT free-to-play kicks off with massive content update 2.3, Empyreal Assault, which will open up an unforgettable new zone, world event, chronicle and much more. Empyreal Assault launches on June 12th, 2013 for all Ascended of Telar
On June 12 RIFT is FREE – No Trials. No Tricks. No Traps.http://www.riftgame.com/free

Our free-to-play model is built on a simple idea: everyone can download, log in, and play all of RIFT, free. Starting June 12, new players will have access to all game content — from dungeons and Warfronts to the latest raids — with no level restrictions.

Subscribers, now known as Patrons, receive special bonuses to currency, mount speed, various types of experience, and more!

Neverwinter’s Double Astral Diamonds Celebration!

Get double Astral Diamonds this weekend in Neverwinter to celebrate Open Beta’s ongoing success!

Neverwinter has been an ongoing success since we entered Open Beta on April 30, 2013. Fans and critics can’t get enough of the action combat and battling against iconic creatures from Dungeons & Dragons. Furthermore, fans are creating many new quests and campaigns with the Foundry, a user-generated content toolset. We’ve seen some incredible Foundry missions created by very creative authors and we can’t wait to see what players come up with next!

As we continue in Open Beta, we’ll continue to provide support, updates, patches, hotfixes, and everything possible to ensure that hungry adventurers like you will have a great time in game! This journey is just beginning for many of you as you form new friendships and unforgettable memories within Neverwinter. And, it is just the beginning for us as well as we develop Neverwinter into a game that’s even more incredible than it already is – all thanks to you! It’s with your feedback, suggestions, and passion that motivates and drives us to never stop working to improve Neverwinter.

And to celebrate the passion and support you’ve shown us, we’re going to celebrate this weekend with you by rewarding you with something extra – okay, a lot of extra. Starting this Friday, May 10, at 12 P.M. PDT (Pacific) (When is that in your time zone?), we’re giving you DOUBLE the Astral Diamonds earned in game with every quest and activity that awards Astral Diamonds.

Get ready for an exciting weekend of questing and dungeon delving in Neverwinter. We’ll see you on Faerûn to battle against Valindra Shadowmantle! Thank you for being the best fans a team could ask for.

Sincerely,

The Neverwinter Team

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Hawken: The Technician Update coming April 18th

Meteor Entertainment launches its latest patch update for its Mech FPS Free to Play title Hawken due out on April 18, The Technician Update introduces HAWKEN’s first support mech, The Technician,  a close-range repair specialist. In addition to the support mech is the introduction of the Service … Continue reading

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Neverwinter – Rothé Valley Lore Trailer & Screenshoots !

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April 25: Headstart for Hero of the North Founders
April 30: Neverwinter Open Beta

The battle to rebuild Neverwinter will take heroes to Rothé Valley, where the drow of House Xorlarrin are enslaving and killing anyone they can find. This high-level adventure zone will pit adventurers against the magical mastery and arachnid minions of the iconic dark elves.
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After Neverwinter was nearly destroyed, the fertile Rothé Valley became crucially important to feed the population that remained. The pastoral village became more and more important, but was remained a sleepy town – until the drow arrived.
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Corrupted by their goddess Lolth, Queen of Spiders, the drow build their cities deep below the surface, in the cold depths of the vast tunnels and caves of the Underdark. Far from prying eyes, their Houses wage war against each other in constant rivalries – and are usually too busy attacking each other to threaten the surface world with any real force.
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The attack on Rothé Valley, though, seems to be deviating from that trend. The drow have conquered most of the valley instead of just raiding it, and there are rumors that slaves are constructing something on the surface. Spider webs choke the houses and buildings of the villages, and some scouts claim to have seen a purple web of magical power blotting out the sky.
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So far, the scouts and soldiers of Neverwinter have been powerless to stop House Xorlarrin. Their priestesses’ spells ensnare enemies, and the spiders and slavers kill any who resist. If the city is to have any chance of survival, it will need heroes brave enough to stand against the minions of the Spider Queen…
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Neverwinter – Beta Weekend 4 Highlights !

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Hey everyone,

Here are the major pieces of content that are being added into Beta Weekend 4 that were not available in Beta Weekend 3:

  • Professions

    • Leadership
      • An introductory profession that will get you accustomed to the system and rewards you with Astral Diamonds, XP, etc.
    • Tailoring, Leatherworking, Mailsmithing, and Platesmithing.
      • Each of these professions has its own set of materials that are required for advancement, as well as its own set of unique rewards.
  • Gateway

    • Players are now able to check on their characters from this site:https://gateway.playneverwinter.com/
    • Players are also able to view, post, and participate in auctions, as well as review and work on their professions!
  • Choose your powers!

    • Our new Power Choice system now allows players to earn and upgrade their path’s powers in the order of their choosing!
    • Starting at level 5, players will get one point per level, which can be used to rank up an owned power or earn a new power.
    • Powers can have up to 3 ranks, and gain bonuses per rank (e.g. +10% damage).
    • Rank 3 is locked until 30 points are spent (including the auto-purchased level 1-5 points).
    • With this change in how powers are earned, all existing characters will have their powers reset. A window will pop up to guide the player to the Power Choice UI (the same place as the previous Power UI).
    • Further respecs can be done using tokens purchased in the Zen Market.
  • Injury System

    • The Injury System has been added.
    • When player characters are killed in PvE, they will gain a random injury.
    • Injuries cause different effects, depending on the area that is injured. For example, a head injury may increase cooldown time on Encounter powers.
    • Players may purchase Injury Kits at any Consumables vendor for copper. Major injuries require more expensive kits, but major injuries will not occur below a certain level.
    • Injuries are not taken if players are near death and saved by an ally.
    • Injuries are not taken in PvP.
    • If players cannot afford (or do not wish to pay for) Injury Kits, they may rest at a campfire. 5 minutes at a campfire will remove one injury.
  • Race and Class Quests

    • Some of those not-so-talkative NPCs scattered throughout Neverwinter are now offering quests to players of certain classes or races!
    • Each race has a storyline that tells the story of that race in Neverwinter and the areas around.
    • Each class has a storyline that shows the roles and views of that class in its adventures.
    • The first arc for each race and class starts anywhere from Blacklake to Tower District. All classes and races have a similar amount of quests, but those quests are given at different times.
    • Players should receive mail letting them know when they qualify for a quest, and where they can find it.
  • Sidequests

    • Each zone has had some sidequests added.
    • These quests are intended to provide some extra experience if the player needs it. They are fully optional.
    • Some should provide a bit more of the well-loved Forgotten Realms flavor, while others allow a deeper look into the story.
  • The Alterer

    • Players may now change the appearance of their characters!
    • Jyllian, the Alteration Wizard, has set up shop in Protector’s Enclave.
    • Look for the scissors-and-comb icon on the map for the Tower of Alteration.
    • We expect the icon to change in the future.
    • Changing appearance costs one Change Appearance Token, which can be purchased on the Zen Market.
    • Change Appearance can change anything in the Appearance section of character creation, like hair, skin color, tattoos, scars, and body and face sliders.
    • Change Appearance cannot change players’ race, class, or gender.
  • Default Settings
    • A major update has been made to default settings.
    • In the process, we have reset the settings of all players to their defaults.

Neverwinter Free-to-Play MMO – Character Progression Dev Blog

The hero’s journey isn’t just a story arc – in Neverwinter, leveling up offers tons of chances to upgrade and customize your character. For Beta Weekend 4, starting 4/12, you’ll be able to pick your powers in a new point-buy system!

Power Choice

One of the biggest pieces of feedback we got was that, although a lot of other elements were customizable, D&D veterans wanted to have more say in the powers they got at each level. Previously, powers unlocked or upgraded at certain levels; players got to choose which powers to equip, not which ones to learn.

For inspiration, we looked at the way ability choice worked in pen and paper D&D, and combined it with our MMO experience. What we’ve emerged with is a new power choice system that we’ll be debuting in Beta Weekend #4, and it’ll give you more chances to customize your character than ever before.

Right out of the tutorial, you’ll have access to five or so powers. At each milestone level after that, more powers will be unlockable.

You’ll get power points at each level that you can use to get powers. Each point will either unlock or upgrade a power, up to Rank 3. You’ll need to have spent a certain amount of points in order to start investing in higher tiers of powers. By the endgame, you’ll have 60 power points, roughly a dozen points shy of maxing out everything.

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NEVERWINTER – OPEN BETA DATED !

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Neverwinter MMORPG Opens to All April 30, 2013; Beta Weekend 4 Added to Thank Committed Founders

(Redwood City, CA) April 4, 2013 – Perfect World Entertainment Inc. and Cryptic Studios are pleased to announce that on April 30, 2013, the free-to-play action MMORPG  Dungeons & Dragons®  Neverwinter is heading into Open Beta, allowing millions of players unrestricted access to the game world.””The direct response and support from the  Neverwinter community during our Closed Beta Weekends have pushed us to make  Neverwinter the best free-to-play MMORPG anyone has yet seen,” said Cryptic Studios Executive Producer and COO, Craig Zinkievich. “On April 30, we go into Open Beta. That’s when the world we’ve labored for years to build comes to life – that’s when every gamer can login and play what we’ve worked so hard to create. We could not be more excited.”

Recent winner of MMORPG.com’s Most Anticipated Award at PAX East 2013, and recipient of dozens of other awards and much critical acclaim,  Neverwinter is Cryptic and Perfect World’s proof that Western free-to-play games, when built from the ground up, can compete with even the biggest boxed subscription titles. On April 30, the companies invite all gamers to put that claim to the test. There will be no character wipes or restricted access after the start of Open Beta.

As an added thank you to the committed Founders who have helped make  Neverwinter possible, beginning 12:00 p.m. (PDT) on Friday, April 12, Founders will get the first opportunity to experience  Neverwinter’s professions system as part of a newly added 60-hour Beta Weekend 4. Founding members may simultaneously pursue four different professions: Leadership, Mailsmithing, Platesmithing and Leatherworking.

“We’ve never been in a better place launching a game,” said Jack Emmert, CEO, Cryptic Studios. “While the entire team is focused on launching  Neverwinter’s Open Beta on April 30, we still wanted to thank those committed Founders who stuck with us. Since the beginning of  Neverwinter’s Beta Weekends, our Founders have shown us that  Neverwinter offers engaging game mechanics, unique features and a gameplay experience that is parallel to subscription or paid games. They have become our biggest supporters and we wanted to give them Beta Weekend 4 as a token of our appreciation.”

Players can still become Founders through  Neverwinter’s Founder’s Pack Program. Benefits include exclusive access to Beta Weekend 4, permanent in-game items that are unique to Founders, early access to Open Beta, and VIP perks.

To take advantage of these benefits and to gain exclusive access to  Neverwinter’s Beta Weekend 4, players may visit: http://nw.perfectworld.com/founderspack/