This past June at E3, I was privy to the wonderful treat that is Perfect World's upcoming Neverwinter MMO, a vast free-to-play title with exquisite artwork and adrenaline-pumping combat animations that has since left me reconsidering my general disinterest in the genre of MMO. Based in the Neverwinter canon universe and heartily supported by the official Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game made an appearance at this year's PAX Prime to show off a very important new feature that encapsulates the soul of the D&D universe itself while providing countless hours of additional entertainment.
Called "The Foundry" this new feature is an in-game editor that allows users to easily create, test, and publish original events and missions within Neverwinter. While its use evokes comparisons to GECK and the Steam Workshop, The Foundry actually operates and can be tested while you're playing. And while it's currently (and disappointingly) limited to mission building, there stands a solid chance that armor, weapons, and other items will be included in the future. The Foundry will also keep users informed through its interface of popular new content, and even award achievements (for instance, a gold frame on your profile if you've creative five popular mods).
Having given it a look and used various Bethesda modding tools before, I can say The Foundry is better organized and easier to use for a novice. Their particular use of drop down menu trees and visual item placement makes level building extremely easy. The customization options for costumes and characters and maps also ensure that each creation can maintain a high level of individuality. I was also impressed with how ridiculously easy it was to input dialogue and mission specifications. With The Foundry there will literally be no reason why you can't create your own content.
I'm very excited about this, it'll add a lot of longevity and fresh material to a game in a genre marked for its endless (and boring) grinding. And given that Dungeons & Dragons is ultimately about creating your own adventure, I think this is a perfect addition to the game's features. I can't wait to see where they go with this next.
|4:00 AM on 04.05.2013|
Neverwinter goes into open beta on April 30
Apparently a lot of you like Neverwinter, the upcoming free-to-play MMORPG. Seriously, we ran out of closed beta codes for the game within minutes! Well for those of you who missed the special closed beta weekend events, you...more
|3:30 PM on 03.07.2013|
Here are 2,000 beta codes for the D&D MMO Neverwinter!
[Update 2: We're giving away five more on Twitter this Saturday, March 9. After that, you'll have to wait for Beta Weekend 3!] [Update: They're gone! Boy, that was fast. Follow us on Twitter; we might get more!] Destructoid h...more
|4:00 PM on 02.07.2013|
D&D MMO Neverwinter plays like a good action-RPG
There are a lot of massively-multiplayer online games on the market today, many of which are still very similar to World of Warcraft. While the graphics, setting, and characters may change, the core gameplay often feels the s...more
|8:00 PM on 02.06.2013|
Neverwinter MMO beta weekend begins Friday
This weekend, beginning February 8, the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO will be opening its doors to select beta testers and will run until the February 10. You can sign up for a chance to get in on the official website, o...more
|4:40 PM on 06.07.2012|
E3: Checking in with the Neverwinter MMO
I'm not what you call an MMO fan; in fact, it is the only genre I refuse to play. Imagine my delight at being handed an assignment for Perfect World's MMO lineup, including Neverwinter. Nonetheless, it's my job to give things...more
|8:30 PM on 10.06.2011|
Neverwinter co-op RPG becomes Neverwinter MMO
If you have a fabulous memory you may recall that way back in 2009, there was a rumor floating around that Cryptic Studios might be handling a Neverwinter Nights MMO. You may also remember that there was a cooperative RP...more
|4:10 PM on 06.08.2011|
E3: Neverwinter defrosts a trailer and some details
Cryptic Studios (City of Heroes, Champions Online, Star Trek Online) has revealed some slivers of information and a trailer for the upcoming multiplayer game Neverwinter. Set in the well-known city in the Forgotten Realms uni...more
|4:00 PM on 05.18.2013|
Multiplayer comic-adventure The Yahwg draws near
One of the problems with most narrative-focused games is that after you've played through them once, most of the surprises are over. The Yawhg, the next game from Damian Sommer (Friendship in 4 Colors), looks to circumve...more
|4:30 PM on 05.17.2013|
Dust: An Elysian Tail arrives on Steam next Friday
Dust: An Elysian Tail designer Dean Dodrill has slapped a May 24th release date on the Steam version of his acclaimed, previously-Xbox-exclusive 2D action game. This is only coming to Windows for the time being, but Dodrill h...more
|8:00 PM on 05.16.2013|
Diablo III uses the PlayStation 4 touchpad for inventory
In this video, Blizzard describes the work that's been gone into tweaking Diablo III for console gamers. In a strange turn of events, I feel as if every new detail we hear about the reworked title for PlayStation 3 and PS4 s...more