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Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 11:59AM (Unverified) said

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This sounds more like NWN3 with the D&D 4e ruleset.

Has Cryptic done anything like this before? Let us pray that they do not attempt to force-fit it into their generic MMO engine and that there is NO subscription fee or a cash shop!

There MUST be a Dungeon Master client too!

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 12:42PM twittles said

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i'm curious how R.A. Salvatore trilogy will tie into this game,since he is one of the heads of 38 studios ( a game company:with their own fantasy game/mmo in the works)

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 12:00PM Phone Guy said

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I'm reserving judgment till we hear more. I don't hold ill will towards cryptic like allot of people. Champions and Star Trek were both decent games. While I agree content in Champions was lean and Star Trek needed polish, overall I enjoyed my time in them.

With NWN though, Cryptic has allot of work cut out for them. NWN didn't sell well because of a polish campaign. If they give us a watered down tool set that's closer to CoHs Architect Entertainment than NWN GM experience, then I can see this doing poorly.

Now if they were enterprising. Create a toolset similar in scope and power to Biowares NWN. They could allow the game to be played out of the box for free. Use the C-Store to sell New Classess, Races, Adventure Packs, and GM Tools. They could also offer them for free for subscribers.

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 12:06PM Damn Dirty Ape said

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Why pay for that kind of stuff when it's all already been created in the form of NWN and NWN2?
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Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 12:40PM Phone Guy said

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"Damn Dirty Ape said on 12:06PM 8-23-2010

Why pay for that kind of stuff when it's all already been created in the form of NWN and NWN2?"

Well its the same reason people went from NWN to NWN2. It uses the newest rule set. Since the content is the way they will make money you guaranteed to see a regular release of packs. In addition to centralized data hosting for characters and such, you also have server hosting for connections.

If your happy with NWN or NWN2 I doubt this would draw your intention. However if the sweeten the pot enough it could turn out well.

But all this is speculation, they have a huge hurdle to overcome. As they will be compared to the best of NWN and NWN2, and if they don't surpass what was done in the past, the game will fail before it even starts.
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Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 9:14PM Streamweaver said

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I'm really excited at the through of a Neverwinter MMO but hearing the Crytpic is developing it doesn't inspire a lot of confidence in me.

I don't feel they did a very good job with the IPs in Champions Online or Star Trek Online. More worrying to me is that I feel they approach customers as if they are ATMs, providing little quality compared to most MMOs while gouging them deeply with combined subscription fees and micro-transactions. Indeed I came away from their previous 2 MMOs with the feeling that they are targeting pre-existing IPs with the express purpose of trying to gouge the fanbase.

I do think it's fair to point to the success they had with City of Heroes and that creates some hope that they can manage this property well. That not being their resent history however, it's a bit of a dim hope.

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 12:07PM Faryon said

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Well, the combat systems for Champions Online and STO (Space) were pretty good so the combat in this has the potential to be fun and exciting..
I just hope they are not stupid enough to slap a monthly subscription price on this.

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 1:39PM kasapina said

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It's Cryptic. They'll do whatever it takes to make money.
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Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 12:11PM Jeromai said

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Emmert. Urgh. Not content with annoying City of Heroes fans, he moved on to hack jobs on Champions and Star Trek, and now Neverwinter is going to be yet another victim.

On the bright side, ever since they blew up the Forgotten Realms and all the big name characters (the sheer overpowered badassery of their characters is part of the appeal of the world) for their ridiculous 4th edition which ended up reading like something out of a MMO holy trinity playbook, I care nothing for the IP any longer.

Taking bets on you being able to customise your Neverwinter character with multiple face and clothes settings, and then proceeding into countless instanced, slightly randomised dungeons....

"We'll be using the same Cryptic technology and philosophy with our Neverwinter characters that we have in all our games." (Me: Aieeee) "But it isn't quite the setup of a big zone with side instances." (Me: Keyword - quite.)

I'll be over in my little corner replaying Baldur's Gate 1 and 2 and remembering the Realms as they were.

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 12:22PM Pingles said

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Well, I am anxious to see how their new definition works out. If they are shaking things up with the MMO genre I am pleased to see their final product even if the Cryptic-hate is a bit overwhelming in these comments.

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 12:24PM (Unverified) said

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Talk about one giant high followed immediately by the deepest of lows!

"Hey guys, a Neverwinter Nights MMO is coming out!" :)

"It's being developed by Cryptic." :(

Also, I think the logo with the fire/brimstone look is quite fitting for a company who's greedy and crooked heads will most likely someday end up somewhere where there is a lot of fire and brimstone! :)

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 12:31PM Whiney said

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Keep crying, I'm sure they would do something about it.
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Posted: Aug 24th 2010 8:42AM Necromas said

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From co-optimus...

* Players can choose between five different "classic" D&D classes
* There will be up to 5-player co-op (computer-controlled characters will also be present if you're down a few people)
* Players will be able to create their own content (e.g. quests and storylines) through a system currently code-named the Forge
* The story will take place in the city of Neverwinter, where it sounds like a whole lot of bad things are happening: "Once a bustling location, Neverwinter has faced a great many disasters in the past hundred years. Rule of the city remains unclear following the unfortunate demise of the last Lord of Neverwinter and factions still battle for dominance after the all-consuming Spellplague took a high toll on the population. Even Neverwinter’s dead are beginning to rise from their graves and march upon the city they once called home."

Doesn't really sound like an MMO (it doesn't need to be an MMO to be good!), and only 5 classes at launch seems pretty lame, but I'm still cautiously optimistic.

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 12:33PM Verus said

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The sad part is I believe Cryptic could actually make an excellent mmo given enough time and financial resources but given the deep shit atari is in that will never happen.

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 12:55PM oxlar said

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This has E P I C F A I L written all over it.

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 12:55PM Controlled Chaos said

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This thing is such a disappointment right out of the gate.

Used to be a huge Salvatore fan, but the guy has turned into a author who knows that he's famous now. He could squat on some paper and it'll top the best seller list either way, so he couldn't give a crap about decent story or character development anymore.

Neverwinter isn't even supposed to exist anymore in the new Forgotten Realms canon that they have so 'lovingly' created for the fans, who bought so few of these new ones that WotC themselves actually halted production of new FR campaign books, save for a tiny handful they 'may put out in the future'. It was completely wiped out.

I'll also mirror the whole, "Crap, not Cryptic, please not Cryptic," sentiment most others are offering. Really not a good place for it to come from.

I think I'll just set myself to indifferent and never acknowledge this thing exists after this post.

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 1:07PM (Unverified) said

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Yep, Cryptic developing this sounds bad. I guess we get to stick with the old games.

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 1:05PM kjhasdfjkhk said

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Ugh. Cryptic is like the Kevin Costner of MMO developers. Pass.

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 1:28PM (Unverified) said

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I've never heard that analogy before but it's a good one! lol
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Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 2:11PM Harley Dude said

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Heh I've heard the Uwe Boll of MMOs, but Costner is good, too.
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