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F2P MMO Neverwinter launches on PS4 this summer

F2P MMO Neverwinter launches on PS4 this summer

Doesn't require PlayStation Plus to play.

Free massively-multiplayer online role-playing game Neverwinter is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer and does not require PlayStation Plus to play.

The game, naturally, has optional microtransactions, but you should be able to play from start to level-cap, as one of eight classes - and across nine expansions of content - for free.

Neverwinter has been around for a few years on PC. It's made by Cryptic Studios, the studio that once made City of Heroes/Villains as well as Champions Online and Star Trek Online, so it knows what it's doing.

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MMORPG Neverwinter gets Xbox One release date

MMORPG Neverwinter gets Xbox One release date

Free-to-play with Gold from 31st March.

Massively-multiplayer online role-player Neverwinter will be available to play on Xbox One from 31st March.

The Dungeons & Dragons fantasy will be free-to-play for anyone with an Xbox Gold subscription.

Xbox One owners will be able to play through all the content from the base game and all playable classes, including the Scourge Warlock and the Tyranny of Dragons expansions.

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F2P MMO Neverwinter confirmed for Xbox One

UPDATE 6.33pm: Perfect World has responded to our query about how Neverwinter Online will be adapted to consoles.

"The game will have some different elements to suit the nature of console play, such as new UI to fit in line with controller usage and use the native friend's list in Xbox Live," the publisher explained. "That said the core experience will be the same, with a different cadence for module updates."

When asked what other platforms Neverwinter Online will appear on, it simply stated, "We have no official word on any other consoles outside of the Xbox One at this time."

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Neverwinter review

Neverwinter review

Neverending story.

While gingerly picking my way through the alchemical laboratory at the centre of a ransacked mansion, carefully hunting for clues, I found myself facing a large, glowing stone the size of man. I stepped closer, carefully examined the surface of this gigantic oddity and read the description that this quest's creator had left for me.

"It's just a typical magical crystal," it said.

Ah, it's just a typical magical crystal. Move along. And so I did, because the rest of the quest was to be found elsewhere, in overturning other, very clearly signposted clues and shanking a few more elves.

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Neverwinter release date set at 20th June, beta progress carries over

Neverwinter release date set at 20th June, beta progress carries over

First content add-on Fury of the Feywild revealed.

Cryptic Studio's new free-to-play MMO Neverwinter will be released on 20th June.

That day will also see the release of Nevewinter PVE and PVP endgame content add-on Gauntlgrym - a huge battleground where level 60 players fight 20-aside for treasures hidden underneath a dwarven city. There's a video of Gauntlgrym below.

All open beta progress in Neverwinter will be carried over to the live servers. It sounds like beta servers will become live servers on the same day - 20th June - with a short maintenance interlude in between.

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Neverwinter open beta begins, opening cinematic released

The Neverwinter open beta has begun.

The floodgates have opened to the game and its content creation system, called the Foundry. Characters created in the open beta will transfer over to the official live launch, but developer Cryptic stressed it is treating the open beta as such, and called on players to send feedback.

The Dungeons & Dragons-themed MMORPG is free to download and play and is supported by with micro-transactions. You can play for free right up to level 60 and as one of five character classes.

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Cryptic's Neverwinter becomes F2P MMO

Now better suits new owner's portfolio.

Cryptic Studios' pledge to leave behind MMOs and pursue games like Neverwinter, a co-operative online RPG, appears to have been for nothing - Neverwinter will henceforth become a full-scale, free-to-play MMO.

Will Star Trek Online go free-to-play?

Will Champions get user-generated content?

If you want Star Trek Online to be free-to-play then you had better jolly well say so, Cryptic boss Jack Emmert has told Eurogamer, because right now that decision hangs in the balance.

FeatureNeverwinter Wonders

A chat with Cryptic's Jack Emmert.

Champions Online and Star Trek Online didn't cut the mustard. Atari and Cryptic may tout "solid" subscriber bases - and the games themselves may have them - but STO and Champions underwhelmed. We know it, you know it, Cryptic knows it.

Busy Cryptic won't forget STO, Champions

They "chug along", says Jack Emmert.

Cryptic has assured Eurogamer that Champions Online and Star Trek Online are "very solid" and won't be left to rot while the studio concentrates on making new game Neverwinter - not to mention the "several" other projects in development there.

Neverwinter "a co-op Dragon Age"

"We aspire to that," says Cryptic.

Neverwinter may be an online multiplayer RPG, but what it aspires to be most is "a co-op Dragon Age with a touch of Oblivion's exploration", Cryptic's Jack Emmert has revealed.

Cryptic has "several other projects"

Besides Star Trek, Champions, Neverwinter.

There are yet more projects underway at Cryptic Studios besides Star Trek Online, Champions Online and Neverwinter, Jack Emmert has revealed to Eurogamer.

Cryptic: we must improve for Neverwinter

Boss admits STO, Champions lacked polish.

Cryptic Studios boss Jack Emmert has admitted the company needs to "dramatically" improve the quality of its output for its new multiplayer RPG, Neverwinter, announced yesterday.

New Neverwinter game announced

New Neverwinter game announced

From Star Trek Online dev Cryptic Studios.

Atari Europe has announced a new Neverwinter game, created by Star Trek Online developer Cryptic Studios and due out on PC during the last three months of 2011.

Neverwinter is described as a "co-op role-playing game inspired by R.A. Salvatore's upcoming book trilogy".

"Once a bustling location, Neverwinter has faced a great many disasters in the past hundred years," says the official blurb.

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