Cryptic Studios has revealed that its upcoming RPG, Neverwinter, will be a free-to-play MMO experience. After being acquired by Perfect World Entertainment, Cryptic moved a little bit closer to the free-to-play market.
Neverwinter is now scheduled to the end of 2012 and will use the 4th Edition D&D rules, abandoning the initial idea of a co-operative RPG. The game is powered by a modified version of the engine that supports both Star Trek Online and Champions Online, with the former undoubtedly preparing its transition to a free-to-play model. However, content packs will remain free and premium content will stick to consumables and cosmetics.
Cryptic’s superhero MMO, Champions Online went free-to-play earlier this year and Star Trek Online is set to take the plunge before the year is out.