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  NEVERWINTER XBOX ONE DRAWS OVER 1.6 MILLION PLAYERS
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05/13/2015
 


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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – May 13, 2015 – Today, Perfect World Entertainment Inc., a leading publisher of free-to-play MMORPGs, and Cryptic Studios announced that Neverwinter is the top free-to-play title on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, for 2015 with over 1.6 million players to-date. In an effort to keep the living world of Neverwinter fresh, Cryptic will be launching five free expansions in 2015 that will source material from popular Dungeons & Dragons’ storylines including Tyranny of Dragons and Elemental Evil.

In addition to the millions of players currently adventuring through the Forgotten Realms, Neverwinter players have also achieved incredible feats while battling iconic Dungeons & Dragons monsters in the first free-to-play MMORPG on Xbox One. These accomplishments include:

·         2.3 million characters created with over 92,000 reaching the level 60 cap

·         86 million minutes of Neverwinter played

·         16 billion Astral Diamonds earned

·         10 million parties formed

·         Over 1 billion enemies slain including Undead, Orcs and Bandits

·         92 players have killed over 1,000 dragons

Assets including an infographic for Neverwinter can be found here: https://perfectworld.box.com/s/g7h2va478jb276z0begkb16zrzx8qaat

“As our first entry into the console market, we’re absolutely ecstatic to see the success of Neverwinter on Xbox One,” said Bryan Huang, CEO for Perfect World Entertainment. “Our goal with our online games is to create worlds that players want to play in, and support them through fine tuning their gaming experience and introducing fresh content with expansion releases.”

“As the first Xbox One game to ship globally from our partners at Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios, it is exciting to see Neverwinter achieve such early success,” said Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox. “We’re thrilled gamers have embraced this unique free-to-play MMORPG on Xbox One and look forward to seeing engagement grow on the platform with new content.”

Neverwinter on Xbox One brings a full-fledged roleplaying experience with a living social world allowing players to experience Dungeons & Dragons adventures with their friends. Neverwinter on Xbox One will also utilize console features including friends list integration and optimized controls to easily transition the MMORPG experience from PC to console.

Neverwinter is a free-to-play action MMORPG that features fast-paced combat and epic dungeons. Players explore the vast city of Neverwinter and its surrounding countryside, learning the vivid history of the iconic city in the Forgotten Realms and battling its many enemies. Neverwinter is currently available on PC and digitally for Xbox One, available free-to-play with Gold* from the Xbox Games Store.

For more information about Neverwinter , and to play now for free on PC, visit http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/neverwinter

*On Xbox, Xbox Live Gold membership (sold separately) required.

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ABOUT PERFECT WORLD ENTERTAINMENT INC.

Perfect World Entertainment is a leading North American online games publisher specializing in immersive free-to-play MMORPGs. Founded in 2008, Perfect World Entertainment has published a number of popular titles, including Swordsman, Blacklight Retribution, Forsaken World, Perfect World International and Star Trek Online. The company works closely with its American development teams and partners such as Cryptic Studios, developer of the highly acclaimed MMORPG Dungeons & Dragons Neverwinter, and Runic Games, developer of the hit Torchlight series, to provide unparalleled quality of service and game experiences to its players. A subsidiary of Perfect World Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: PWRD), Perfect World Entertainment is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California. For more information, please visit: www.perfectworld.com .

ABOUT CRYPTIC STUDIOS, INC.

Cryptic Studios, Inc. is a leading developer of online games committed to delivering the next level of gameplay. Cryptic Studios, Inc. develops AAA titles for PC and is rapidly diversifying its portfolio of games to expand beyond the traditional MMORPG genre. Its successfully launched titles include "Champions Online: Free for All," "Star Trek Online" and "Dungeons & Dragons: Neverwinter." Cryptic Studios, Inc., a subsidiary of Perfect World Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: PWRD), is located in Los Gatos, CA.

ABOUT WIZARDS OF THE COAST

Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), is the leader in entertaining the lifestyle gamer. Wizards' players and fans are members of a global community bound together by their love of both digital gaming and in-person play. The company brings to market a range of gaming experiences under powerful brand names such as MAGIC: THE GATHERING and DUNGEONS & DRAGONS. Wizards is also a publisher of fantasy series fiction with numerous New York Times best-sellers. For more information about our world renowned brands, visit the Wizards of the Coast Web site at www.wizards.com .