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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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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.

Neverwinter Patch Notes – NW.1.20130416a.12

Patch Notes NW.1.20130416a.12

Quests

  • Neverdeath Graveyard: The Undead and Dying: Fixed an encounter that was erroneously balanced for level 30 players.

Founders Agent

  • The Founders Agent now properly recognizes Guardians of Neverwinter and allows them to reclaim items accordingly.

Professions

  • Fixed an issue in which the “Finish Now” confirmation prompt would predict a different Astral Diamond cost than was actually being charged.
  • Leadership: (Rare) Protect a Temple: Increased amount of time to complete this task to 16 hours, up from 4 hours.
  • Leadership: (Rare) Compete in Master’s Tournament: Increased amount of time to complete this task to 16 hours, up from 8 hours.
  • Leadership: (Rare) Mystery Mission #1: Renamed to Follow Map to an Unknown Location.
  • Leadership: (Rare) Mystery Mission #2: Renamed to Assault Enemy Stronghold.
  • Leadership: (Rare) Mystery Mission #3: Renamed to Recover Large Mineral Claim.

Guild Bank

  • Fixed an issue in which bank tabs after the first would claim to only cost 150,000 Astral Diamonds, when they actually cost more.

Auction House

  • Fixed an issue in which auction lots that were bought out would not properly refund the highest bidder’s Astral Diamonds.
  • Newly posted Greater Stone of Health, Greater Scroll of Identification, Lesser Scroll of Identification, and Scroll of Identification items can now be found in Potions & Supplies on the Auction House.
  • Newly posted Jeweled Idol, Chipped Orc Tooth, Piece of Broken Glass, and Tribal Feather items can now be found in Treasure on the Auction House.

Events

  • “Coming Soon” Events for future content have been removed.
  • Certain hourly events have been updated to clearly specify what task is required to get the event’s bonus reward, and what reward will be gained.

Chat

  • The default chat filters have been updated to clean up most of the “spammy” chat messages, but this will only take effect for new characters. Players may update their chat filters by clicking on the gear icon on the chat window.

Instance Transfer

  • When Instance Transfer is on cooldown or grayed out, the tooltip still shows the current map name and instance number.

Gateway

  • Fixed a warning and certain errors some IE8 users have experienced.
  • Gateway’s usability on mobile / touch devices has been significantly improved.
  • The promo for the Nightmare Lockbox now displays the correct name of the Heavy Inferno Nightmare.
  • The Professions countdown timer is now properly synced with the game’s timer.
  • The short 10 minute auction has been removed.

Foundry

  • Players may now tip more Astral Diamonds in the Foundry.

Stability

  • Fixed a crash when entering the Foundry for the first time.
  • Fixed a crash when trying to access mail that has already been deleted.
  • Fixed a crash in the Auction House.
  • Fixed a memory leak related to PvP scoreboards.

PERFECT WORLD EUROPE B.V. TO ALSO LAUNCH NEVERWINTER IN TURKEY, POLAND, ITALY !

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Free Dungeons & Dragons® Action MMORPG Expanding to New Territories, Fully Localized

(Amsterdam, Netherlands, 29-04-2013) – Perfect World Europe B.V. is pleased to announce that in addition to launching the highly anticipated action MMORPG Neverwinter™ in France and Germany, the free-to-play game set in the acclaimed Dungeons & Dragons universe from Wizards of the Coast is also launching in new territories. Fully localized and coming to Turkey, Poland and Italy in the summer of 2013, Neverwinter is poised to take Europe by storm.

Reiterating Perfect World’s commitment to delivering high quality games to players around the world, the launch of Neverwinter in Turkey, Poland and Italy furthers the company’s 2013 European business strategy of expansion into new markets. Providing fully localized game content of this game for millions of new Turkish, Polish and Italian players is Perfect World’s promise.

“We are more than happy to announce Neverwinter‘s fully localized planned expansion into Turkey, Poland and Italy based on the incredible demand from those territories “- said Ömer Karakayalı, Territory Manager, Perfect World Europe B.V. “We are dedicated to connecting gamers with the best possible online D&D gaming experience in all-new territories. We’re looking forward to having Turkish, Italian and Polish players enjoying Neverwinter in their preferred language alongside our French, German and English players, and we can’t wait for them to explore the Forgotten Realms ®.”

Taking place in the iconic Dungeons & Dragons city of the same name, Neverwinter takes players from the besieged walls of the city once known as The Jewel of The North to subterranean passageways in search of forgotten secrets and lost treasure. Epic stories, intense gameplay and classic roleplaying await those heroes courageous enough to enter the fantastic world of Faerûn and the city of Neverwinter.

For more information about Neverwinter, please visit: www.neverwinter.pl (Polish), www.neverwinter.it (Italian), www.neverwinteronya.com (Turkish

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 – Great Weapon Fighter Montage

April 12-14: Beta Weekend Four
April 30: Neverwinter Open Beta

The Great Weapon Fighter is feared across the Forgotten Realms as a punishing damage-dealer — and sometimes reckless in battle. Leading the charge against Valindra Shadowmantle, the valiant fighter only needs a sharp two-handed weapon and a vast skillset to dominate enemies. Will you play a Great Weapon Fighter in Neverwinter?

Get Beta Weekend Four and early Open Beta access by becoming a Neverwinter Founder: http://nw.perfectworld.com/founderspack

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/

NEVERWINTER BETA WEEKEND #3 INTRODUCES PVP BEGINS FRIDAY, MARCH 22 !!

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First-look at the Great Weapon Fighter Class, Pirates’ Skyhold, and Much More

(Redwood City, CA)  March 19, 2013 – Perfect World Entertainment Inc. and Cryptic Studios are excited to share further details regarding Beta Weekend 3 for the highly anticipated Dungeons & Dragons® MMORPG, Neverwinter.

Starting at 12:00 p.m. (PDT) on Friday, March 22, players with early access to Neverwinter’s Beta Weekend 3 can experience a wealth of new content, including the first opportunity to check out Neverwinter’s PvP system and the chance to explore the Pirates’ Skyhold and Icespire Peak Adventure Zones. In addition, players may take control of the new Great Weapon Fighter class. An increased level cap of 50, alongside many other significant improvements based directly on feedback from previous Beta Weekends, promises to make Neverwinter’s Beta Weekend 3 the best yet.
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“The response from the Neverwinter community and members of the press who participated in our previous Beta Weekends has been amazing so far,” said Lead Producer Andy Velasquez. “On behalf of the entire development team at Cryptic Studios, I’d like to thank all Beta Weekend players for their feedback and support in making Neverwinter the best free MMORPG around!”
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Explore and defend one of the most beloved cities from Dungeons & Dragons as it rises from the ashes of destruction. This free action RPG set in an immersive MMO world takes players from the besieged walls of the famed city itself to subterranean passageways in search of forgotten secrets and lost treasure. Epic stories, action combat and classic roleplaying await those heroes courageous enough to enter the fantastic realm of Faerûn and the ruined city of Neverwinter.
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For the chance to participate in Neverwinter’s Beta Weekend 3, players may register for free at http://www.playneverwinter.com.

For guaranteed access to Beta Weekend 3 and a wide array of in-game perks and items when Neverwinter launches, learn more about the Neverwinter Founder’s Pack program at http://nw.perfectworld.com/founderspack

ZAM Exclusive: Neverwinter Control Wizard

This ZAM exclusive, courtesy of Cryptic and Perfect World, is a look at Neverwinter’s powerhouse caster class, the Control Wizard.

You can read our thoughts on the class right here: http://www.zam.com/story.html?story=3…

THOUSANDS MORE GAIN ACCESS TO NEVERWINTER’S SECOND BETA WEEKEND !

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(Redwood City, CA) March 7, 2013 – Perfect World Entertainment Inc. and Cryptic Studios are pleased to announce that the second Beta Weekend for the highly praised Dungeons & Dragons® Neverwinter action MMORPG is about to begin. Taking place between March 8 and 10 Beta Weekend Two gives players with access another 60-hours of early beta gameplay, a higher level cap, new features and additional classes.
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Neverwinter continues to impress players and publications worldwide,” said Craig Zinkievich, Executive Producer and Chief Operating Officer, Cryptic Studios. “The tremendously valuable feedback from peers and fans has allow us to make Neverwinter a truly AAA experience that is also free-to-play. We thank everyone for their continuous support and welcome new players into this, our second Beta Weekend.”
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Building upon the success of the first Beta Weekend, which was open to select participants and Neverwinter Founders, Beta Weekend Two opens the gates to hundreds of thousands more, including lifetime subscribers from two other Cryptic titles, Star Trek Online and Champions Online.
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New Features Include:

Control Wizard Class
Alongside three other previously playable classes (Guardian Fighter, Trickster Rogue, and Devoted Cleric), the Control Wizard makes its public debut. With an arsenal of arcane abilities, ranged attacks and AoE effects, Control Wizards are perfect additions to well-balanced parties.

New Zones, Level 40
Players can now test their combat skills up to a new level cap of 40 and in new zones, such as the burial grounds of Ebon Downs or the fortified monastery of Helm’s Hold. For those skilled enough to reach the Lair of the Mad Dragon, there’s an epic fight with… well, one can guess.

Play Foundry Content
The Foundry, a powerful and easy-to-use content creation tool, allows users to create, share and play their own quests and campaigns directly in the persistent game world. In Beta Weekend Two, players can access more adventures created by other gamers. Visit a well-informed Bar Maid, like the one in Driftwood Tavern, or check out one of the many Job Boards scattered throughout the city of Neverwinter to see the community’s first pass at Foundry content.
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For guaranteed access to all Neverwinter’s Beta Weekends, along with a wide array of VIP perks and exclusive in-game items, players may purchase the Hero of the North Founder’s Pack or the Guardian of Neverwinter Founder’s Pack on the official website.

For more details on the Neverwinter Founder’s Pack Program, please visit:  http://nw.perfectworld.com/founderspack

For a chance to access upcoming Neverwinter Beta Weekends, please visit and register at: http://www.playneverwinter.com/

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Neverwinter – The Devoted Cleric Class Trailer (HD)

This powerful ally is capable supporting your party through the darkest parts of the Forgotten Realms. Also, the Devoted Cleric is capable of dealing an incredible amount of holy damage.

With versatile area-of-effect and single-target powers, the Devoted Cleric will be an essential member of your dungeon party in Neverwinter.

Neverwinter Founder’s Pack -You Paying $199 !?!?

http://nw.perfectworld.com/founderspack

Neverwinter Beta is about to begin and now is your chance to grab a Founder’s Pack to prepare for the dangerous adventure ahead in the Forgotten Realms. Equip yourself with exclusive items and access, including early access to Open Beta, to aid you during your quests.

Head here for more details and to purchase a Founder’s Pack today: http://nw.perfectworld.com/founderspack
Click here for more details about Neverwinter Beta Weekends: http://nw.perfectworld.com/news/?p=805541

We’ll see you in Neverwinter!

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