Minsc and Boo will headline Neverwinter’s sixth expansion

Perfect World has just announced that Neverwinter’s sixth expansion, Elemental Evil, is set to launch on March 17th.

In what PWE is calling the game’s largest update since its original release in 2012, players will be able to roll up a character from the new Paladin class, level up to the raised cap of 70, and tinker with new quests, feats, and special class powers (“slottable class feature powers”).

But the best news is that the update will feature Baldur’s Gate’s beloved ranger/hamster duo Minsc and Boo. “The fan-favorite duo will be assisting players on their journey to discover the true nature of the Elemental Evil cults,” says the studio.

PWE says that the expansion is meant to coincide with the “release cadence” of Wizards of the Coasts’s official D&D storylines: “Neverwinter players will journey through new adventures as they fight the newest threat to Protector’s Enclave – the Cults of Elemental Evil – which are also present in the upcoming tabletop adventure release, Princes of the Apocalypse.”

[Source: PWE press release]
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Justyn Case
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Justyn Case

Minsc and Boo almost make it worth playing again… almost. Rangers and hamsters everywhere, rejoice!

StClair
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StClair

ravenwynd “Evil ’round every corner.  Careful not to step in any.”

7BitBrian
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7BitBrian

Golden_Girl Read the comics, they were actually turned to stone and are finally being freed from that and will show up in Neverwinter.

JudgeDavid101
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JudgeDavid101

Go For The Eyes, Boo!

karmamule
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karmamule

Lol, you’re probably right!!

Devil Olive
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Devil Olive

Rebel Engie I think it would take a lot more than that to keep them from their hard focus of Going for The Wallet.

KiwiRed
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KiwiRed

greywolfe_joystiq KiwiRed I know, I played most of them on the C64. (My favourite of the series was probably Curse of the Azure Bonds)

greywolfe_joystiq
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greywolfe_joystiq

KiwiRed 
i’m pretty sure that wizards/hasboro no longer care for ddo.  so, probably not.

greywolfe_joystiq
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greywolfe_joystiq

KiwiRed 
oh boy.
you’d hate the gold box ui.
gold box predated bg1, etc.
most of the gold box user interface was a /ton/ of menus.  it worked best with the keyboard, generally, because they gave you shortcuts for /everything/ [which was a kind of necessary evil.]

Kalamari
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Kalamari

Golden_Girl and nothing says he doesn’t.

KiwiRed
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KiwiRed

barantorfwl It’s all about the cross-marketing. (I wonder if there’s a DDO tie-in?)

KiwiRed
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KiwiRed

SmugglerinaYT starcallerasterei Only if the UI gets updated to modern standards. I can’t stomach BG and its old-school control system. Nostalgia is one thing, but I’d like to see them bring the user experience into this century.

Benjamin Seeberger
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Benjamin Seeberger

All this has done is encouraged me to replay BG1 on my iPad and pick up my save where I left it a year ago. Grats on that! (I made a party with the whole goal of keeping both Minsc AND Xzar in my party by letting Dynaheir and Montaran die. So far I haven’t made any errors.)

Blackomen
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Blackomen

I’m actually looking forward to this, the game has fun pve, and the player made content can be really cool. And I really want to play the new paladin class after checking out his abilities and how it plays on paper.

However the game has atrocious pay2win pvp, borderline mobile-gaming levels of pay2win. Thankfully the pay2win doesn’t really matter in pve unless you want to easy-mode the game content, which isn’t fun. And none of the classes really *clicked* for me, the closest one was the devoted cleric, but the class mechanics just weren’t great to me. However if they keep the paladin just the way it is now (mechanic wise) it may be the *click* I’m looking for to go back and play this game long-term.

Vagrant Zero
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Vagrant Zero

Xephyr They did. It’s the Oathbound Paladin. You’re welcome.

Blackomen
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Blackomen

karmamule That is much too cheap, more like 1,000,000 astral diamonds, or 50,000 zen.

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

Nothing post-BG suggests that he ended up in Nevewinter:

Baron_Von_Rotten
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Baron_Von_Rotten

Oh man… that kinda cool.

SmugglerinaYT
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SmugglerinaYT

starcallerasterei Modern MMOs make the mind boggle.  What ever happened to casting your 1 magic missile and then having to rest for a day?  An SSI Goldbox revival would be pretty epic…

SmugglerinaYT
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SmugglerinaYT

The better question…did they license the voiceovers from Bioware?  Let’s face it, a miniature space hamster that doesn’t “GO FOR THE EYES, BOO!” just doesn’t render the same effect.  So awesome to hear they’re working the characters in.  BG2 broke my heart when it broke my party.

Captain Crash
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Captain Crash

This will mean nothing to me if they don’t get the original voice actor back. People quote Minsc all the time, but only the voice acted lines.

karmamule
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karmamule

And for only 10000 astral diamonds you too can have your own Boo!  >.>

Rebel Engie
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Rebel Engie

Perfect World is Going For The Eyes !?

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

Koshelkin Even Bhaal would regard this as an unsupportable act of butchery :-p

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

omegajimes Hopefully not – that might partly legitimize this.

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

Pashgan That’s a good start then.

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

Detton
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Detton

MINSC!  BOO!  YES.

I have to go back for this.  Damn you, PW.  I don’t like you, but… maybe you’ll get a chance.

All of my hate.

… crap.   /sighs and takes a look at his characters and where they are at.

Xephyr
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Xephyr

Surprised they didn’t name the new class something stupid like Great-Holy-Monk-Guardian-Fighter-Master-Thingy like the rest of their classes.

starcallerasterei
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starcallerasterei

This makes me want to go back to Neverwinter, even if I know it’s the whole point of adding Minsc and Boo.

I played Neverwinter briefly and quite enjoyed it, had a lot of fun doing a few of those Foundry quests. I got busy after only 2-3 weeks though and stopped playing, then tried to get back into it 1-2 months ago after updating it and couldn’t remember how to play. My character was fairly low lvl I suppose and I could always reroll…but I had that fae panther pet which was only one one character ):

LeandraNyx
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LeandraNyx

This may actually get me to try Neverwinter again… which, I suspect, is why they’re doing it.

7BitBrian
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7BitBrian

Haters gonna hate but Cryptic has been doing an excellent job matching the releases with the Tabletop game and tying neverwinter into the other aspects of the existing franchise. It’s all been a ton of fun to play through.

This is exciting and I cannot wait to hear these two again.

greywolfe_joystiq
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greywolfe_joystiq

TypoDesigner 
i’m not saying you can’t.
i’m just saying that pwe/cryptic certainly price it prohibitively.  their cash shop is full of crazy prices.

TypoDesigner
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TypoDesigner

greywolfe_joystiq TypoDesigner I levelled five chars (each of different race & class) to 60 (each in a few days) without paying 1 cent. There are account-wide maxspeed mounts for 2500 Zen (or 2000 Zen when discounted). And nobody has to pay the equivalent $25 for this: everybody can exchange freely farmable AD (astral diamonds) to Zen. Nearly all races and classes in NW are free: no one has to pay your “$100-odd dollars” for that. And I, too, think it’s crazy “that people actually pay up” … because they simply don’t have to do this.^^

Etc. pp.
Germania! Fairness! :)

Damonvile
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Damonvile

ravenwynd Go for the eyes was what popped into my head too when I read it but DLing the game again just to see them would only encourage them to add more of this type of thing and I already hated the game once. Nothing is going to change on that front.

Hackholm
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Hackholm

I see PWE has no limits on how low they will go. Nostalgia or not, this is no Neverwinter / D&D game that I’ll ever play (and I’ve played almost all of them).

undeadtexan
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undeadtexan

PWE trying to monetize nostalgia?

Kalamari
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Kalamari

mynsc
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mynsc

Well then, gonna have to give Neverwinter a second chance.

A word of warning though PWE. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, watch it! I’m huge.

Zophie Winters
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Zophie Winters

w000t, I am totally on board with this.  I don’t care about the hate PWE gets, I still love me some Neverwinter and I look forward to the new content!

Caec
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Caec

Ah, it wasn’t enough to see how low the D&D universe went with PW’s Neverwinter being about as far from the previous two Neverwinter games as possible, but now they want to rape my nostalgia from the infinity engine days as well.

greywolfe_joystiq
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greywolfe_joystiq

TypoDesigner 
right, except for the part where the prices for things are stupid and priced that way so that it’s “more enticing” to pay than play.  there /was/ a great sweet spot in the timer [when you got extra diamonds for doing “scheduled events” – pvp/dungeons, etc] at level 40 or so, but post-40?  good luck.
while i certainly am not saying they should hand out astral diamonds for tripping over an enemy, it /is/ clear that the prices are crazy.  [and it’s crazier still that people actually pay up.]
$100-odd dollars for a new race?
$35 per mount [!]
etc

sparta!  madness!

TypoDesigner
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TypoDesigner

greywolfe_joystiq Monetization? Nobody has to pay money. NW is free. You can reach all areas, get the fastest mounts and max. charlevel without paying 1 cent. And paying nothing doesn’t make it too hard to play. NW is so much better and less dubious than most pay2play games.

Pashgan
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Pashgan

Meanwhile people have stopped injections of real money into the game: zen exchange is completely dry for a week.

Wratts
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Wratts

ravenwynd “Butt kicking . . . for Goodness!”

TypoDesigner
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TypoDesigner

ravenwynd “It’s not right …!!!”

Cujo H
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Cujo H

I never thought these two would ever show up again.

omedon666
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omedon666

Catch you on the flip side, dudemeisters!

Blinkenn
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Blinkenn

This saddens me, seeing my old beloved party member used for marketing & nostalgia purposes

omedon666
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omedon666

“It’s TV’s Alan Thicke!”

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