Neverwinter Nights 2

Key events

12th April 2007

NWN2 expansion revealed

4th November 2006

Neverwinter Nights 2

4th August 2006

Neverwinter 2 beta testing

Your fondest Obsidian game memories

"My favourite was shooting Darcy in the bollocks."

In September we asked you to share your favourite moments from an Obsidian game and we, on behalf of Paradox, dangled prizes in front of you in return: consoles for the two winners, PC Pillars of Eternity and Tyranny keys for the 10 runners-up. And you answered in your droves.

Inside Obsidian: How RPG's greatest survivors kept the lights on

"They say the path to Hell is paved with good intentions."

Over the years, I've come to know what to expect from Obsidian, or so I thought. Obsidian makes RPGs, beautiful, intriguing, sometimes slightly shonky RPGs with great writing and vivid characters and just a lingering trace of thriftiness. They make games where the concepts, where the soul, trumps the budget.

Rummaging through Obsidian's drawer of game ideas

Star Wars! Snow White! Prey 2! Warhammer 40K! "There's tons of them."

Everyone has a drawer they can't close because it's stuffed too full of things. Mine has a whisk which always stops the bloody drawer from closing, and it's really annoying, but Obsidian Entertainment's drawer has around 100 game proposals in it. Game outlines in various states, from two-page snacks to 60-page feasts. "There's tons of them," Obsidian co-owner Chris Parker tells me. And for Obsidian there was never a time of greater need of an idea than summer 2012, after Microsoft cancelled Xbox One launch game Stormlands, and when South Park: The Stick of Truth was onboard THQ's sinking ship. It spurred a period now referred to in Obsidian history as the Summer of Proposals.

Is Obsidian's new RPG called Eternity?

Countdown points to Friday as new clues emerge.

The number four has become a number three - it was a countdown rather than a number symbolic of the new Project X RPG that Obsidian has been teasing.

BioWare's "regret" over forum hack

EA promises to bolster security.

BioWare Edmonton studio GM Aaryn Flynn has expressed his regret over last week's "highly sophisticated and unlawful cyber attack" suffered by BioWare's server system supporting the Neverwinter Nights forums.

NWN2 add-on coming next week

Mysteries of Westgate to cost a tenner.

Atari has announced that Neverwinter Nights 2 adventure pack Mysteries of Westgate will launch on Wednesday, 29th April.

The History of BioWare

They just keep rolling.

Have you ever wondered what your doctor thinks about while they're poking and prodding you? If you lived in Edmonton, Canada, in the mid '90s there's a chance your doctor was thinking, "Gee, I wish I was making computer games instead of rummaging inside this diseased colon". At least, that's how it might have played out if you were the patient of Dr Greg Zeschuk, Dr Ray Muzyka or Dr Augustine Yip. And if you had a diseased colon.

NWN2 expansion revealed

NWN2 expansion revealed

Mask of the Betrayer ahoy.

Atari has revealed a new expansion pack for Neverwinter Nights 2 that will be available this autumn.

Mask of the Betrayer will follow on from the climatic battle against the King of Shadows in the original campaign, and see you wake up deep below the earth's surface surrounded by swarms of evil spirits. It's here in harsh Rashemen that you'll seek out your true destiny.

Perhaps the most exciting new feature are epic levels, which will take you above and beyond level 20, giving you access to powerful new feats and spells.

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Neverwinter Nights 2

Neverwinter Nights 2

Winter: it'll all be over by Christmas [spring, surely - Ed].

Much like reviewing its prequel, Neverwinter Nights 2 offers you a challenge. Do you review it just as any old videogame - that is, the adventure in the box - or do you measure the power of the creation tool included into the box, and think about all the mods that'll result from it?

Well, you do the former, clearly. As great as the tools may be, you don't mark for something that doesn't exist. Most people with the original didn't do this, as otherwise its fairly rubbishy campaign would have lowered its marks hugely. Yes, eventually it was worth buying Neverwinter Nights... but only for what it allowed you to play rather than anything in the box.

However, with this new spirit of rigour, it's lucky that Obsidian - whom pals Bioware chose to develop Neverwinter Nights 2 while they go off and do The Things Of The Future - have just made a great fantasy role-playing game.

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NWN2 toolset next week

For pre-orders in US/Europe.

Atari and Obsidian are set to release the Neverwinter Nights 2 toolset a month ahead of the game's release in October.

Neverwinter 2 beta testing

Neverwinter 2 beta testing

Multiplayer and toolset.

Atari and Obsidian have announced plans for a pair of Neverwinter Nights 2 closed beta tests, which you can sign up for right now.

The first is for multiplayer only, and you're advised that you'll need a pretty beefy PC to join in - with a 3GHz processor, 1GB RAM and a Radeon X800/GeForce 6800 series graphics card or higher recommended.

The second makes similarly hefty demands of your hardware, and is for the game's module-making toolset. Head to that sign-up page for more information.

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Atari's Leipzig line-up

TDU, NWN2, AITD, etc.

Atari has announced its line-up for the Leipzig Games Convention, headlined by playable versions of Test Drive Unlimited and Neverwinter Nights 2.

No premium mods for NWN 2

Says man in the know.

Jason 'Elidrin' Lowry, the man behind Bioware's recent Infinite Dungeons mod, has confirmed that the Premium Modules Program for Neverwinter Nights has been cancelled.

Neverwinter Nights 2

Part 1: We make a Date With the Night.

We're in Hammersmith, London. We're here to see Neverwinter Nights 2. We're watching Obsidian's Feargus Urquhart, veteran commander in chief and ex of Black Isle, walk us through the game. He shows us the improved graphics engine. He shows us some of the new mechanics, adding direct control of a party rather than the Mr Lonesome of the original Neverwinter Nights. He leads us through the improved Neverwinter tool-set, showing the increased power and accessibility of this next generation of the world's foremost roleplaying game creation tool.

Neverwinter Nights 2

S'drawing in. Tom borrows someone's pointy hat.

Those who read me regularly will know that while I support goblins, elves, magi and whatnot and uphold them fully, there's little record of the words 'Dungeons' and 'Dragons' ever being thrust firmly enough together that I've been gaily trapped in their midst for any length of time. I dabbled in Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance, but that's about the extent of it, and not exactly a badge of honour in the dark recesses of the Internet to which this link's likely to propagate. What in the name of all the dice that have more than six sides, then, you're wondering, am I doing writing about Neverwinter Nights 2?