Today Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment announced their MMORPG, Neverwinter, is ending its Open Beta and will officially launch on June 20th. This marks a positive note for a game that has dealt with some major exploit issues, negative feedback, and character balance problems throughout the Open Beta. While the game has had its fair share of player outrage, the current attitude has shifted from frustration to hopefulness.
To reward players for participating in the Open Beta, Perfect World will have an in-game promotional event right before the official launch. Additionally when Neverwinter launches it will do so with the all new end-game feature, Gauntlgrym. Gauntlgrym is a three stage event in which players compete on 20 person teams in both PvP and PvE combat, with the winning team claiming the right to a final dungeon which rewards its champions with Tier 2 equipment. As a small token for their efforts, the losing team will enter a dungeon which rewards Tier 1 equipment.
Also announced was the game’s first expansion, entitled Fury of the Feywild, which is set to be released some time this summer. The free expansion will explore the Fomorian Giants attempt to seize the Elven city of Sharandar. More information about the expansion will be available on the expansion’s official teaser site here as the release date approaches.
In the mean time, enjoy these Gauntlgrym screenshots.