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Lyon, France (August 23, 2010) – Atari
Europe, one of the world's most recognized videogame publishers and
Cryptic Studios, the acclaimed developers behind City of heroes,
City of Villains, Champions Online and Star Trek Online, announced
today the development of Neverwinter for PC. Neverwinter is a new
online roleplaying game based on Wizards of the Coast’s
global property Dungeons & Dragons and the beloved city of
Once a bustling location, Neverwinter has faced a great many
disasters in the past hundred years. Rule of the city remains
unclear following the unfortunate demise of the last Lord of
Neverwinter and factions still battle for dominance after the
all-consuming Spellplague took a high toll on the population. Even
Neverwinter’s dead are beginning to rise from their graves
and march upon the city they once called home.
“We're beyond thrilled to develop a brand new version of
Neverwinter. It's been years since the original became a gaming
icon and we’re honored to work with such a great franchise,"
said Jack Emmert, COO of Cryptic Studios. "We've been working
closely with Wizards of the Coast and R.A. Salvatore to create an
authentic D&D adventure filled with compelling fiction and
In Neverwinter, players choose to become one of five classic
D&D classes and team up with friends or computer-controlled
allies to form five-person co-op groups. Players also create their
own storylines and quests utilizing an extremely user-friendly
content generation system, tentatively codenamed Forge.
“Wizards of the Coast is excited to invite millions of
fans back to Neverwinter with the launch of R.A. Salvatore’s
Gauntlgrym,” said Liz Schuh, Brand Director for Dungeons
& Dragons at Wizards of the Coast. “And we’re
excited about the prospects for great digital gaming experiences
based on this epic world.”
Neverwinter for PC is scheduled to release in Q4 2011 and is
part of a multi-platform event, including a book trilogy from New
York Times best-selling author R. A. Salvatore and a tabletop
roleplaying game from Wizards of the Coast. Book one in
Salvatore’s Neverwinter trilogy, titled Gauntlgrym, releases
on October 5 of this year and lays the groundwork for the
Neverwinter storyline. The novel previews the settings, characters
and monsters from the PC game and details the events that lead up
to this highly anticipated PC gaming experience.
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ABOUT CRYPTIC STUDIOS
Based in Los Gatos, CA, Cryptic Studios is a leading developer
of role-playing and massively multiplayer online role-playing
games. Cryptic is responsible for developing several AAA titles,
including Star Trek Online, Champions Online, City of Heroes, City
of Villains and Neverwinter. For more information about Cryptic
Studios, please visit the official website at:
ABOUT ATARI, SA
Atari group is a global creator, producer and publisher of
interactive entertainment. Atari’s brands and content are
available across all key traditional and digital distribution touch
points, including browser-based and Social online platforms, PC,
consoles from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony, and advanced smart
phones (i.e. IPhone, Android and RIM devices). Divisions of Atari,
SA include Cryptic Studios, Eden Studios, Atari Interactive, Inc.
and Atari, Inc.
Atari benefits from the strength of its worldwide brand and its
extensive catalogue of contemporary classic game franchises
, Missile Command
, Lunar Lander
), original owned franchises (Test Drive
, Backyard Sports
, Deer Hunter
), MMO games from Cryptic Studios (Star Trek
Online, Champions Online
) and third party franchises (Ghostbusters
, Rollercoaster Tycoon
, Dungeons and Dragons
). Atari also leverages the power of its franchises to
deliver movies and merchandise to consumers around the world.
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