Cryptic Studios released the official trailer for its newest MMORPG project, Neverwinter, at E3 today. The Dungeons & Dragons adaptation also has a brand new website, with detailed information on what gamers can expect out of the game.
According to the FAQ, no closed beta or release dates have been set. However, an interview with IGN revealed the details of what to expect from the follow up to the Neverwinter Nights series, which Cryptic CEO Jack Emmert emphatically emphasizes won’t be anything like its predecessors.
“Neverwinter represents a different style of game than the others. This is an online, co-operative RPG with a large focus on the online aspect. Therefore it is different than the other two. Also, I’m a big believer in simplicity. As far as I can figure, Neverwinter Nights games were about Neverwinter — I have no idea why it was night time. So why not just call it Neverwinter.”
Cryptic Producer Andy Velasquez described the gameplay to be more action-based, with some MMO tie-ins like an auction house, banks, and some open world exploration.
“There is a main campaign thread that you can follow but you can also work your way through the dungeons at your leisure. They’ll unlock at certain points but it’s not mandated upon you to do them at that time and only at that time.”