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Cryptic Studios Announces Neverwinter For 2011 Release

The MMO developer sets its sights on a class-based co-op RPG based in the Neverwinter universe.

Rumors had Champions Online developer Cryptic Studios pegged as the creator of a Neverwinter-based MMO. These were half-true, according to a recent reveal by Atari that has pegged Cryptic as the developer of what sounds precisely like what you'd expect from an RPG with Neverwinter in the title, with decidedly unmassive co-op support.

Neverwinter, as it's simply being referred to by the publisher, will feature five classic Dungeons and Dragons character classes. You'll be able to control just one of these at a time while AI or up to four other people will compose the rest of a given group. Character customization is being promised.

Groups will quest of course, though the nature of these quests isn't being discussed quite yet. According to press materials, you and your cohorts will be able to generate your own quests with a "user-friendly" system tentatively named Forge. Like much of the rest of the currently available details, this sounds at least thematically similar to the expandability found in the Neverwinter Nights series.

A shot from the game's official website. 
A shot from the game's official website. 
Neverwinter is set for a Q4 2011 release on the PC. It'll be a part of a multi-product release plan that'll see a launch of a Wizards of the Coast-created tabletop game as well as a new trilogy by R.A. Salvatore. The first book of this series--a series that just so happens to be what the game is inspired by--releases on October 5. Atari is saying it lays the groundwork for the game.