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Cryptic's Neverwinter Delayed, Now a F2P MMOG

Cryptic's Neverwinter, announced last year as a co-op Dungeons & Dragons RPG, is still in the works following the developer's acquisition by Perfect World, but will now be a free-to-play MMOG, in keeping with the publisher's specialty. There's a preview of the new vision for the game on IGN, where they say the game is to be launched around the end of next year. Here's more:

In fact, it's shifting towards the action end of the MMO spectrum. Transferring a Dungeons & Dragons universe into an action setting might sound strange to D&D veterans, but it's been done before with some of the Baldur's Gate games. The 4th Edition of D&D also has some new rules that lend itself well to action games, which is exactly why Neverwinter is using 4th Edition as its ruleset.

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9. Re: Cryptic's Neverwinter Delayed, Now a F2P MMOG Oct 6, 2011, 12:47 Flatline
 
Graham wrote on Oct 6, 2011, 12:18:
Pathfinder's new products are selling more volume on newer books, while D&D 4th hasn't released new source material in some time (outside of Neverwinter and the Magic Emporium).

Saying that it's outselling D&D is disingenuous; it's like when the PS3 started to "outsell" the Xbox years ago - per month figures were high, but there was a lot of catching up to do. Crunchy RPG wonks love their Pathfinder (and I enjoy it too) but it's nowhere near as popular as D&D, despite the controversy over 4th.

Compared to it's height at 3rd edition, 4th ed D&D has lost over half it's player base.

It honestly won't take much for pathfinder to surpass 4th edition.
 
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