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Why a Neverwinter Nights MMO?

August 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Current long running rumor thats peaked its head up once again is that Atari will be turning Neverwinter Nights into an MMO. Its never been a direct rumor, with any reliable sources. It’s more of an series of unrelated facts that could paint the picture of an NWN MMO if the right bits were filled in.  The main bullet points have been:

  • Atari owns the right to create a new D&D game.
  • Atari has publishing rights to the popular NWN game
  • Cryptic has said they will be announcing a new MMO in September
  • Cryptic’s parent company is Atari.

Which I dont really care either way, the main issue that I have with this is; Am I the only one that thinks that Neverwinter Nights is not that great of an IP?

I liked both of the single player RPG games, but that was based almost entirely on the game engine BioWare created.  Which, I’m sure could be hobbled together to run as an MMO, but Cryptic would need to design an engine from the ground up anyway to impliment the 4E D&D rules.  Which are a big change from the 3.5 rules used in NWN and NWN2. Or more than likely to hammer at the current engine they have to fit D&D rule system well enough.

The NWN world is just a tiny portion of the larger Faerun setting anyway. Which has some interesting characters (ElminsterDrizzt), but for the most part its always come off as about as vanilla fantasy as you can possibly get

Should we expect to run into such memorable characters from the original game like… ????? I dont know. That angry guy with the sword or that other guy with the staff? Hell if I can remember anyone/thing from those games.  Maybe we’ll have the chance to visit the never before done magical realms of Elves? I wonder if the Dwarves will be miners and blacksmiths who like to drink?!

Fingers crossed!

At least we’ll have a top notch studio working on the project.

This game sounds magical.

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