Neverwinter coming to Xbox One in 2015


Console gamers still don’t have a ton of top notch MMOs to play, but the number available to Xbox One owners is going to grow by at least one next year.

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Perfect World Entertainment announced today that Cryptic Studios will bring Neverwinter to the Xbox One in 2015. It will be free-to-play for Xbox Live Gold members, and is expected in the first half of the year in both North America and Europe.

Neverwinter is our premier title to bring to console players,” Perfect World Entertainment CEO Alan Chen said in a statement. “Consoles are a perfect fit for action-oriented MMORPGs like Neverwinter, and we are thrilled to be one of the first publishers to bring premium free-to-play titles to leading next-gen platforms. Being able to bring Neverwinter to the Xbox One is a critical achievement for Perfect World. It is our first step taking our games beyond the PC market.”

Indeed, the action-based combat in Neverwinter should make it a natural fit for console play, and it’s easy to envision the game adapting quite well to Xbox One controllers. The fact that it’s free-to-play should also increase its chances of forming a nice-sized community of console players as well.

In case you’ve never experienced what Neverwinter is all about, it’s based on a popular setting from the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role-playing game, one that’s been featured in games and books numerous times over the years. It continues to enjoy a strong link to its source material, particularly with the current “Tyranny of Dragons” storyline that crosses over between different forms of media.

“The addition of the new platforms is another piece of exciting news for Dungeons & Dragons fans in this pivotal year,” Dungeons & Dragons Brand Director Nathan Stewart said. “We continue to work closely with Perfect World and Cryptic Studios to bring exciting new stories to players around the world.”

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