Perfect World Entertainment has announced that the first Beta Weekend event for the highly anticipated D&D free-to-play MMORPG Neverwinter begins today! From today until the 10th, players in North America and Europe will gain 60 hours of beta access. What will testers get to experience?
• Three of Five Signature D&D Classes Before Neverwinter's Release
o Trickster Rogue - Master of stealth and misdirection, and maneuvers across the battlefield and strikes from the shadows with paired daggers.
o Devoted Cleric - Devout healer, committed to preventing injury, restoring health, and a faith in the divine.
o Guardian Fighter - Courageous and stalwart, superior at defensive maneuvers, and no stranger to hand-to-hand combat.
• Content up to Level 30
Experience a variety of zones, dungeon delves, and large-scale group events as you adventure through the city of Neverwinter and its surrounding areas in the realm of Faerun, including theProtector's Enclave, Blacklake District, Tower District, Blackdagger Ruins, and the Neverdeathgraveyard.
• Companions and Mounts
During your journey, don't forget to pick up your first companion quest at level 16 so you never have to fight alone - and be sure to take on your first mount quest at level 20 so you can ride through town in style.
• Play Foundry Content
The Foundry, a powerful and easy-to-use adventure creation tool allowing users to create, share, and play user-generated content from the Neverwinter community. For the purpose of Beta Weekend 1, players will have access to dozens of adventures brought to you by players that have been working on them for months. Visit a Well-informed Bar Maid, like the one in the Driftwood Tavern, or check out one of the many Job Boards scattered throughout the city of Neverwinter . Your chance to create your own adventures using Neverwinter's Foundry will be available in subsequent Beta Weekends.
To celebrate, a CG trailer has been released: The final part of this three part CG Trailer for Neverwinter has our heroes and heroines down but not out. Faced against hordes of undead and other foul beasts, how will they fare? What is the Lich Queen, Valindra, planning in the Forgotten Realms?
If you haven't been selected for beta testing, you can pick from a trio of Founder's Packs that have been recently unveiled, with each offering different tiers of rewards for players who throw in their wallet a bit early!
“Neverwinter offers players a dynamic experience with its engaging action gameplay and unique content such as daily lore quests, looting and party-oriented dungeon delves,” said Craig Zinkievich, Chief Operations Officer and Executive Producer, Cryptic Studios. “After several months of alpha testing, we are thrilled to expand our pool of testers with the upcoming Neverwinter Beta Weekends while offering fans the opportunity to become a founding member of Neverwinter through the Founder’s Pack program. We look forward to fostering a community of passionate players that will help us to make Neverwinter one of the greatest MMORPGs of all time.”
Neverwinter Starter Kit: The Neverwinter Starter Kit costs $19.99 USD (valued at $49.00) and supplies adventurers with virtual consumable goods to aid them in their quest for glory:
- ‘Adventurer’s Helper Pack’ containing six different types of in-game items
- ‘Small Bag of Holding’ for twelve extra inventory slots
- ‘Amulet of Protection’ item
Guardian of Neverwinter Pack: The Guardian of Neverwinter Pack costs $59.99 USD (valued at $149.00). In addition to guaranteed entry to all three Beta Weekends, the pack also includes VIP beta perks, and a variety of in-game items exclusive to Founder’s Pack purchasers, including:
- Three-day head start access to Neverwinter Open Beta
- Unique ‘Gold Moonstone Mask Regalia’ head piece
- Unique ‘Armored Horse’ mount
- Unique ‘Direwolf Companion’
- In-game and forum ‘Founder’ title
Hero of the North Founder’s Pack: For the ultimate Neverwinter experience, the Hero of the North Founder’s Pack costs $199.99 USD (valued at $549.00). It guarantees entry to all three Beta Weekends, includes VIP access to Moonstone Mask Tavern, early access to The Foundry (Neverwinter’s user-generated content creation tool), fifteen additional in-game items, plus features the following exclusive items that are only available through the Founders’ Pack program:
- Five-day head start access to Neverwinter Open Beta
- Beta Weekend Friend Invite code
- Exclusive access to ‘Menzoberranzan Renegade’, a drow playable race like the legendary ranger Drizzt Do’Urden, complete with unique racial abilities and tattoo
- Unique ‘Armored Spider’ mount
- Unique ‘Panther Companion’
- In-game and forum ‘Founder’ title
- VIP Game Access to skip-the-line and get priority log-in access
Visit playneverwinter.com to register for a chance to be selected for access to upcoming Neverwinter Beta Weekends for free, or grab one of the packs above to participate.