Gearbox Publishing and Cryptic Studios announced that Neverwinter’s 24th module, Northdark Reaches will launch on PC (Arc Games, Epic Games Store and Steam) and PlayStation and Xbox consoles on November 8. The upcoming update for the free-to-play Dungeons & Dragons MMORPG introduces the first part of a two-part storyline and campaign written in collaboration with New York Times best-selling author and prolific D&D writer R.A. Salvatore and Geno Salvatore.
This epic new story for Neverwinter will let players and D&D fans alike experience the events that take place in between Starlight Enclave and Glacier’s Edge, the first two books of R.A. Salvatore’s The Way of the Drow trilogy book series. For the first time ever, players will encounter new Dungeons & Dragons fan-favorite Forgotten Realms characters, such as the myconid Rumpadump, Saribel Xorlarrin Do’Urden, Minolin Fey and more. This module marks the second collaboration between R.A. Salvatore and Cryptic Studios as the two collaborated on content for Underdark, Neverwinter’s 8th module in 2015.
Neverwinter nights has one of the longest histories of any game series to date, beginning way back in 2002 as a standalone title developed by BioWare. It was, at the time, one of the most detailed ways that pen and paper D&D players could translate that experience into the digital world, and it spawned many modules, including the much loved diamond collection. Eventually it became an MMO where players paid a monthly subscription to keep playing, as was the tradition at the time. It’s player base rise and fell over the years, eventually stabilizing as the game went fully free-to-play.
Today, people continue to love the game and all things D&D like. The core Neverwinter nights game was remade with modern graphics and sound, modules and character classes keep getting created for the MMO, fantasy and D&D like games are wildly popular, and even some of the world’s best casinos like the Juegos de casino offer games to accommodate those tastes. Even the Neverwinter developers seem surprised at the game’s continuing popularity, and expressed their gratitude to their player base in a recent thank-you video.
In the upcoming major update for Neverwinter, players discover that far beneath the storied mountains of Faerûn lie the Northdark Reaches, a sprawling frontier that skirts the Underdark’s fallen civilization of Ched Nasad. It is in this deadly and forgotten place that Braelin Janquay, a friend of dwarven king, Bruenor Battlehammer, and one of Bregan D’aerthe’s most illustrious drow scouts, has gone missing. To help King Bruenor and uncover the secrets behind the looming drow civil war, players will descend into a whole new region of Underdark. The Northdark Reaches module marks just the beginning for the darkness that’s yet to come, as the next module – launching next year – will bring the epic conclusion to this new storyline.
Heroes brave enough to answer King Bruenor’s call for aid will discover plenty of new content within Neverwinter, including the first persistent Underdark Adventure Zone. Players will discover new quests, fight challenging bosses – including heroic encounters — and unearth helpful gadgets as they explore epic locations across the Northdark Reaches in the Underdark of Faerûn.
Longtime veteran players and new players can also look forward to a major update for the “Temple of the Spider” Dungeon as the new version will feature new bosses, enemies, rewards, along with Normal and Master difficulty options. Additionally, quality of life improvements, such as an updated inventory system, along with Neverwinter community-requested changes to the Wizard class, will be included in the new module.
Neverwinter is a free-to-play action MMORPG featuring fast-paced combat and epic dungeons. Players explore the vast city of Neverwinter and its surrounding lands, learning the vivid history of the iconic city in the Forgotten Realms and battling its many enemies. Neverwinter is available on PC and is free to play digitally on Xbox (Xbox Live Gold membership not required) and PlayStation consoles (PlayStationPlus not required). To download and play Neverwinter today for free, visit http://www.playneverwinter.com.