Neverwinter launches on Xbox One

You’ve played the MMO while sitting hunched forward at your computer — now it’s time to enjoy Neverwinter while slouching back on your couch at home. The D&D MMO officially launched today on the Xbox One in Europe, North America, and South America.

Like its PC counterpart, the Xbox One version of Neverwinter is free-to-play, although it does require an Xbox Live Gold membership to access (Xbox Live Silver members can snag it through April 2nd, however). The console version includes all of the same content as well up through the Tyranny of Dragons module.

You can watch the Xbox One launch trailer after the break!

[Source: Perfect World press release]
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Rzar
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Circling back to this thread.  I have been playing since it launched.  I am totally hooked on this game.  There are many reasons.  I like the hack n slash combat.  The loot system is quite robust and complex along with gear stats and companions.  Lets not for get the D&D inspired character development system.    I personally don’t believe in F2P games, as in nothing is free.  Developers are not going to spend hundreds of thousands of human hours and money making a game not to get rewarded.  So without the subscription I don’t mind spending 10 bucks a month or so on some Zen to get convenience items like bags, keys and such.  
I recently added a wireless keyboard to my Xbone for chatting and that has made my game play experience much better.

Rzar
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Rzar

thewavehd Oh, but this does not run on Cryptic’s servers.  It runs on Microsoft’s servers and network.  Gee you have to pay to keep those running smooth?  Cry me a river.

jason3077
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This game is alot of fun.  It’s very casual friendly and action combat oriented for a MMO.  It’s great for me because it’s my first MMO experience on a console.  Love sitting on the couch and playing.  I’ve tried hooking up my PC to my TV but the font is way too small in chat windows and quest windows (LOTRO, SWTOR, ESO, STO).  I also love MMO’s with companions to the character (SWTOR).  I already copied by ESO character to the XB1, just waiting for June 9 launch.  Neverwinter is a good free to play game as you don’t really NEED to spend any money to enjoy the experience.  That said, I’ve spent money on convenience items like inventory bags and higher tier companions.  The game is free so I have no problem spending some money to support the developers especially if I’m enjoying the game.

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Craw Estranged Oskiee with windows 10 you will be able to play with some who is playing the same game you are with a mouse and keyboard on pc (cross-platform) meaning if you buy the game on your xbox one you will be able to play your friends on pc. and that arguiment about key board and mouse being unfair was when the 360 was out.

Durenas
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Durenas

Adrianevans84 Not really a fair comparison since we pay for internet and electricity anyway whether we use the Xbox One or the PC to connect to Neverwinter. This is just one more bill.

Adrianevans84
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Adrianevans84

Do you pay for your internet or electricity? Those are necessary to play the game are they not? So no game has ever been free to play.

jameson012
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Estranged DPandaren umm, PS4 and XB1 Destiny ended up being identical, 1080p 30fps, visually identical too. they had help from some Microsoft engineers, but I wouldn’t call it a “terrible time”

Durenas
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Durenas

thewavehd Blame Microsoft. This is a condition for them to put it on the Xbox One at all. I doubt Cryptic sees a cent of that Xbox Gold membership fee.

thewavehd
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thewavehd

i am a big fan of this game, i have played it on PC for a long time and really enjoyed my time spent. So when i heard it was coming to Xbox One i was really happy, as i could now play with more of my friends who could not run the game on their PC’s, however i was a bit shocked when i realized that i would have to get a gold account on xbox to play it along with my other friends who did not have xbox live (gold). 

Now this would normally not bother me but for a game that is free to play should it not be as such? 
so as it stands i was able to make a character (name it and customize it) without any interruption but as soon as you get in game on the first mission on the beach xbox begins to prompt you (in full screen) that you require an xbox gold account to play this game… you can close this prompt but it will do it again and again about every 15-20 seconds. 

this is not free to play. this is almost as bad as a virus that locks your computer down and tells you to pay up to unlock it. now i can see what your gonna say  60 bucks a year is not bad, its been a thing since the first xbox, so why is it a problem now? 

its a problem because the game otherwise does not require that i spend that 60 dollars at all on PC so why should it be any different on the xbox. sure the xbox is cheaper than a gaming computer now a days (sort of…) but i dont feel its right of them to say this game if free to play but… you need to pay us first to enjoy it. at that point why even let me download the game? or run it in the first place? and its not just never winter its other free to play games as well to my understanding (i have only heard not actually tried other games).

so whats the point of a free to play game on a console if its not really free to play… (someone had to be paid in order to play).

Denice J Cook
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Denice J Cook

Caffinatedone 
Yay!  My Xbone can finally surrender its official position as Livingroom Paperweight and actually entertain us!  ZOMG!

FineFineValentine
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FineFineValentine

Good for Cryptic to finally – FINALLY – get an MMO on consoles. I remember first hearing about Champions Online, which was built for the 360 in mind. THAT’S how far back they believed in, and wanted to do, console MMO’s. http://www.ign.com/articles/2008/02/22/champions-online-first-details

Hope it brings them some success. 

Does anyone know if you need an Arc (I think that’s what Perfect World’s launcher thingie is called) account to get into the game on consoles?

FineFineValentine
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FineFineValentine

NobleNerd Karl_Hungus Caffinatedone http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/12/09/studio-must-delay-multiplatform-game-to-get-xbox-one-release

That article is from quite some time ago, when the developers of Assault Android Cactus, Witch Beam, mentioned that the Wii U and PS4 versions would be delayed because they made the mistake of signing onto Xbox too and MS’s policy wanted day-and-date parity with all games.

Craw
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Golden_Girl Craw jjwells0402 I do not know — the biggest suck in their games at the moment is the way their f2p has been implemented, and I believe that is squarely on PW.  Previously, they were just ignored and mishandled by Atari.

Don’t get me wrong — I think COH improved significantly after Cryptic was no longer in charge — the prevailing “you need to play the game the way I want you too” of those first years led to some annoying changes.

But still, I think Cryptic could do a lot better with the right owner.

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Craw Golden_Girl jjwells0402 I know – that’s why i find it harder to mock them than others – there are even some ex-Paragon developers working for them now, but they’re’ too few to be able to significantly change the downward spiral of quality from Cryptic.

Craw
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Craw

Golden_Girl jjwells0402 New?  :P

Still, they gave me City of Heroes, I will let them continue riding that success for a few more years before there’s a reckoning.

Craw
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Craw

Estranged Craw Oskiee Huh?  The only reason we can’t cross-platform is Microsoft deciding they do not want us to cross platform.  Their argument against PC is that the keyboard and mouse provide an unfair advantage over controllers and that would “frustrate” console players.  The argument against PS4 is “nyah, nyah, I am not playing with you you smell funny.”

Which is all a load of steamy horse-post-digestive residues.  Consoles can use keyboards and mouse (granted, it screws with the couch gaming appeal)… but then again PCs CAN USE CONTROLLERS…

They need to get on with the times and ditch their isolationist attitudes — let the merits of the consoles decide which one we buy (or not) and let us play with our friends regardless of hardware.

MewmewGirl
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“You’ve played the MMO while sitting hunched forward at your computer — now it’s time to enjoy http://massivelyop.net/tag/neverwinter/ while slouching back on your couch at home.”

Although I know that’s just an intro you wrote to let people know Neverwinter is out for a console and it isn’t supposed to be too serious, it has a typical PC / Computer gamer stereotype in it that I’d like to respond to.

I understand that there probably was a time when there may have been one computer in a house, in a straight back chair at some work station or some other not too comfortable place.  How many years ago was that now?  Unfortunately the stereotype that PC gamers are nerds hunched up in an uncomfortable chair still gets thrown around by a lot of people.  

If you choose to have an uncomfortable PC setup still today that is really your own choice.  Most of us that live with others now have computers in our own rooms or areas, households have computers for each person rather than one at a work station, and wireless keyboards and mice (or whatever other setup you want to use, longer cords etc) mean we sit in whatever type of big comfortable chairs we want to while playing on monitors much bigger than what people used to use at one time.  The hunched up nerd stereotype should have been thrown out long ago, especially by a site that covers mostly PC gaming.

Again I know it was just an intro and not something trying to be serious, but that casual throwing around of the idea as if there is truth to it keeps stereotypes going.

I don’t mean to sound like I have a stick up my butt, it’s just slightly annoying to read so I felt like commenting about it :D

Craw
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Estranged Craw Oskiee How is it going to blur those lines?  Will MS finally stop fencing in their xbox players and allow cross platform play?  (not just with PC also with PS.)  I hate that divisive attitude — friends of mine are finally going to start playing ESO on the xbox, and we will not be able to play (same with destiny, I have the ps4, friends have xbox)

atppcug
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atppcug

atppcug BKone Kaiser Sosey and they are making mobile games as well

ihatevnecks
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ihatevnecks

Oskiee Not only is the gameplay not cross-platform, but neither are the account systems. So any characters you have, not to mention any of their hugely expensive packs you may have bought, are stuck on PC. You get to buy it all over again on Xbone.

NobleNerd
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DPandaren Not sure why they didn’t launch with it for PC. It plays like a gamepad game and would do much better if it had the support.

NobleNerd
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Karl_Hungus Caffinatedone Hmm… Do you have some links to this tactic? I read an article not too long ago from Forbes claiming Xbox had a very nice line up of games and even out sold PS4 in 4th quarter… but hey doesn’t matter much to me I don’t do the console thing.

atppcug
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BKone Kaiser Sosey Cryptic have at least 2 secret projects, 1 by Cryptic and probably an mmorpg using property engine, the other by Cryptic North and most likely a shooter-based game using UE4.

Undahill
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Undahill

toomanywowclones Don’t get your hopes up. TESO sucks just as much.

BKone
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BKone

Kaiser Sosey I’m pretty sure their secret project is a DOTA-clone. With a guest IP.

BKone
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BKone

AlexSmithWI Nordavind True gaming is done on powerful rigs with mouse and keyboard. Anything else (consoles, tablets, phones) are just for filthy casuals lol.

AlexSmithWI
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AlexSmithWI

Nordavind Except to this day laptops are horrible for a true gamer.  No to mention the game laptops usually suffer from being really hot and/or horrid batter life.

AlexSmithWI
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AlexSmithWI

DPandaren If they’re smart yes; but well not all game developers are smart and many cross platform games don’t offer controller support for PC for some reason.

Durenas
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Durenas

Kaiser Sosey There’s no way STO would ever work on a console. Not unless they added keyboard/mouse support.

Karl_Hungus
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Karl_Hungus

Caffinatedone 
Microsoft’s been begging studios to delay releasing their games on the PS4 so Xbox can have a chance to catch up.

Caffinatedone
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Caffinatedone

I’ll give it a try once it’s available on the PS4; it’s certainly not worth picking up an XB1 for.

DPandaren
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DPandaren

I’m only really excited for this because that means Cryptic is going to put controller support back in for PC sometime soon.

DPandaren
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DPandaren

Estranged Hurbster pepinocantador wat

DPandaren
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DPandaren

Zarkov You can blame Valve for that.

karmamule
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karmamule

Ironwu goettel Yeah I prefer ESO’s combat too, but I do find Neverwinter’s combat to be fluffy fun when I’m in the right mood.  

One way they do outdo ESO: wooden voice acting.  ESO’s voice acting is uneven, with a few cringe-worthy moments here and there (the talking crows, for example), but overall it’s ok.  Neverwinter? hoo boy, it’s quite consistently howlingly bad right from the start.

Nordavind
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Nordavind

Gamins is always supposed to be done from the sofa. That is why someone invented laptops.

Kaiser Sosey
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Kaiser Sosey

So…I’m thinking that their Secret project is a console port of STO. Makes sense if you think about it. Neverwinter uses the same engine as STO from what they have said, and when they were developing STO if you remember there was talk of a console port too. 

MMO’s have had a not so great past with consoles, but this may be the start of a new generation of MMO’s coming to console and being successful, ESO, Neverwinter, Maybe STO? Now if they could only get the communities on different platforms on same servers, that would be huge. Good luck to them. As a gamer, I’m PC all the way, but its nice to have a choice on what to play your favorite MMO.

JustinBruce1
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JustinBruce1

Sure is a money pit for a “free” game

toomanywowclones
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toomanywowclones

Downloaded it on my X1 game sucks hard. Waiting for TESO.

Hurbster
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Hurbster

CrowingOne MagmaFist Oskiee kofteburger I remember the Beeb slapping  them around for a bit when they tried to put the BBC iplayer behing the gold account paywall.

Hurbster
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Hurbster

BalsBigBrother To you still have to buy gems for high-level crafting ?

Hurbster
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Hurbster

pepinocantador Estranged Indeed, I used to play it on a pc that was way crappier than an XB1 and it ran just fine.

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

MagmaFist Why would it? Even Microsoft doesn’t really use any Kinect features anymore :-p

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

jjwells0402 Is that Cryptic’s new marketing slogan? :-p

Greaterdivinity
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Greaterdivinity

sharkongames Far Cry 4 on PS4 already has that functionality, allowing for simultaneous co-op play with multiple people as long as one owns a copy of the game.
You’re right though, Steam doesn’t allow for that. But honestly, I have zero problems with that.
Do you have sauce for the info that the Xbox Family Sharing plan allowed for simultaneous play, though? I don’t ever remember any specifics being confirmed by Microsoft in terms of what it entailed.

sharkongames
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Greaterdivinity DPandaren Xbox One’s original game sharing was actually better than Steams, in that you could BOTH be playing the same copy of the same game, even online, without restrictions.

Family sharing on Xbox One will be a thing in the future, mark my words.

pepinocantador
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pepinocantador

I’ll probably give this a more robust shot in the near future. I played the beta a bit back, and it was hard to play past Lieutenant Redshirt’s voice acting. :D

Zarkov
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Zarkov

Cryptic’s use of store bought keys for oft dropped loot boxes has never sat well with me. As someone who must open boxes, I spent far more on their games on a “per time” basis than any other MMO. And I don’t doubt I’m not alone in that. Not anymore.

pepinocantador
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pepinocantador

Estranged I’m actually curious what about Neverwinter makes you think the hardware it’s played will make any difference? It isn’t exactly a hardware roaster to begin with.

Greaterdivinity
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Greaterdivinity

DPandaren Here’s the thing: There’s no reason that that’s not possible, now. Steam is a great example of it. Steam family sharing lets you share almost your entire library with I think around 10 folks. The only requirement? That you’re online while playing games that aren’t yours and that your friend that owns it isn’t playing it. Steam still works offline, but family sharing does not.
There’s no reason why Xbox One can’t support the same sharing program and require a connection to XBL servers to use it while still supporting offline play of games attached to the users account/from disk.

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