Minsc and Boo go for the eyes in Neverwinter's Elemental Evil

While fans are surely looking forward to Neverwinter's sixth expansion, which is launching just two weeks from now, a portion of the anticipation may be due less to the expansion itself and more to the two characters that are headlining it. Elemental Evil is bringing in two beloved characters from the Balder's Gate series: Minsc and Boo. Come April 7th, Neverwinter players will be able to hobnob with the memorable duo of ranger and miniature giant space hamster that captured many a heart. But how exactly will these two play into the events in-game? How will players get to interact with them? And will they go for the eyes?

We talked to Randy Mosiondz, senior game designer on Neverwinter, to find out.

Massively Overpowered: Where will players run into the dynamic duo of Minsc and Boo?

Randy Mosiondz, senior game designer: When you come to Protector's Enclave in Neverwinter, you'll notice druids of the Emerald Enclave have planted a massive mystical tree in the middle of the main plaza. Archdruid Morningdawn explains that great unnatural elemental disturbances are cropping up around the Sword Coast, and they need heroes to help investigate. As a ranger forsworn to uphold goodness, Minsc is there to help the cause.

Will there be a minimum-level requirement for players to be able to interact with the two?

The Elemental Evil storyline is available for level 60 players. Lower-level players can still go to Protector's Enclave and admire the rugged handsomeness of the beloved Rashemi ranger from afar.

How will the pair be introduced lore-wise?

Obviously, a lot of time has passed between the events in the Baldur's Gate computer game and those of the current Neverwinter game. So how did Minsc and Boo get to present-day Neverwinter? The story is detailed in the current IDW comic series featuring the two [Dungeons & Dragons Legends of Baldur's Gate], but in short: At some point in the past, Minsc and Boo were turned to stone, and the statue placed in respected place of memory in the city of Baldur's Gate. A long while passed, until the magic of a wild mage caused the stone statue to revert to its normal state of a man and his hamster. At the request of the Emerald Enclave, Minsc and Boo have traveled to Neverwinter to help battle the new Elemental Evil that threatens the Sword Coast.

Why were Minsc and Boo chosen to enter the story as opposed to other possible characters?

Part of it is the timing of the IDW comic series. While we ideally would introduce Minsc and Boo in a Baldur's Gate storyline in Neverwinter, we don't have any current plans for that. And as long as evil butt is being kicked, Minsc and Boo have no problem showing up elsewhere.

Will the duo become companions in an adventure as in days of yore or be relegated to being stationary NPCs that players simply travel to and talk with?

You will indeed be fighting alongside the duo as you investigate the Elemental Evil cults! Minsc and Boo are powerful allies to have.

At any time will the pair "go for the eyes"?

Eyes will be bitten. There is no restraining the fury of Boo when faced with evil!

Will Minsc be voiced, and if so, by whom? Was there any effort to acquire the talent of Jim Cummings who brought the character to life in the Balder's Gate series?

Minsc will indeed be voiced, but by one of our regular voice-over talents (who is quite good at it!). We looked into acquiring the talent of Jim Cummings but unfortunately were unable to at this time.

How would you address the players who might think adding the pair is just a nostalgia grab?

We're gamers here at Cryptic Studios. Many of us have played the old Baldur's Gate games and fondly remember the characters of Minsc and Boo. When we were asked if we wanted to incorporate Minsc and Boo into Neverwinter, we were thrilled to have the opportunity. While there's certainly some degree of nostalgia involved, it's also paired with a lot of love and respect.

Thanks for your time! Note that while the update arrives in April, Neverwinter launches on Xbox One on March 31, further expanding the game's reach. Preloading is open now.

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nightbeard
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nightbeard

Nailed it. This is typical cryptic ...remember laser light swords in star trek online as a tribute to
swotor. ..hire some writers Ffs

crawlkill
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crawlkill

Sorenthaz this just in: people who liked Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate 2 not dead! many of us aren't even 30! I bet there are fans under 20! ...maybe. that said, this kind of cameo can be hugely embarrassing if it's not done well.

7BitBrian
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7BitBrian

Sorenthaz Baldur's Gate is a city on the Sword Coast, as is Neverwinter. They are all in the same universe and the last time we saw Minsc and Boo they got turned to stone, them getting freed and helping us ties into the story perfectly.

7BitBrian
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7BitBrian

Golden_Girl Sorenthaz

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

Golden_Girl Sorenthaz  Pretty much.

Kalamari
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Kalamari

pillars of eternity came out yesterday. no time to play neverwinter.

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

Sorenthaz It's just another grubby PWE cash-grab.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

I really don't get why they brought two characters from Baldur's Gate into Neverwinter.

Is this supposed to be aimed at the people who enjoyed the duo 15+ years ago?

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

Golden_Girl wjowski  The hamster will cost you extra.

BKone
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BKone

ddocentral Leilonii Damonvile NW is pretty close to 4th ed D&D. Which in turn is very close to modern MMO game mechanics.

BKone
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BKone

wjowski ROFL dude.............
erm... ok... I can't find words.... lol...

undeadtexan
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undeadtexan

Blackomen I remember when I use to play this game a lot of things were broken, bugged, and unfinished.
What ultimately turned me off was when I discussed issues on their forums my posts were removed by the mods with no explanation. My posts didn't violate any rules, and when I PM'ed multiple mods my posts were eventually restored. To me it seemed like their version of State Media or corporate censorship. To them pointing out what was wrong was "negative" feedback.
No thanks.

pcgneurotic
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pcgneurotic

Love it!

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

Leilonii Damonvile ddocentral In the same way that Dragon Age 2 and Baldur's Gate are both fantasy RPGs.

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

Blackomen "almost completely broken, bugged, and unfinished."
A seamless addition to the game then.

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

wjowski You have to buy the coffin, and there's only a random chance that the right body is in it.

wjowski
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wjowski

This is like watching someone dig up the corpse of a beloved friend for the sole purpose of fucking it.

Damonvile
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Damonvile

Leilonii Damonvile ddocentral Well they sure spelled the name right. Not sure I'd say anything else about it feels like it had anything in common with D&D

ddocentral
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ddocentral

Leilonii Damonvile ddocentral Neverwinter has the themes of D&D but not the mechanics.  Not much of the actual game play is similar to pencil and paper D&D.

Leilonii
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Leilonii

Damonvile ddocentral What do you mean actual? Isn't Neverwinter also a Dungeons and Dragons game?

deganderson
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deganderson
Damonvile
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Damonvile

ddocentral It's cool that an actual D&D game will see the module added to it.

Blackomen
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Blackomen

Do people even know how bad a state the new expansion is in currently? It's two weeks from launching and it's almost completely broken, bugged, and unfinished. I think that may be more newsworthy than this. But ah well, as long as the disaster is covered after it goes live.

ddocentral
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ddocentral

Dungeons and Dragons Online will also release its version of The Temple of Elemental Evil (set in Greyhawk) around the same time, April 7th.

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