Fans -- and general looky-loos -- anticipating Cryptic's
next game will have to wait a little while longer. Neverwinter
has been officially delayed following a bout of legal mumbo jumbo involving Atari
struggling over the Dungeons & Dragons license.
While the two companies have finally settled this long-running dispute, Atari's sale of Cryptic to Perfect World Entertainment
has come with a catch regarding its Neverwinter
project. Due to the new ownership, Perfect World is demanding Cryptic work on "a more immersive experience" for Neverwinter
and is thus pushing the cooperative RPG's release from the formerly announced 2011 launch window to late 2012.
The settlement means that Hasbro will regain the digital licensing rights to D&D, but Atari can still sell and develop some titles under that umbrella. Cryptic Studios was acquired by Perfect World earlier this month for a whopping $49.8 million