Download the Neverwinter Client at Game Front
Though only three closed beta weekends were planned for Perfect World’s upcoming free-to-play action MMORPG, Neverwinter, the publisher has scheduled a fourth for this weekend to test a new skill system as well as to roll out crafting. And after that, is the open beta starting April 30th. If you’ve been itching to get in on this after reading our coverage of beta weekend 1 and 2 as well as both our interviews with Cryptic CEO Jack Emmert, you can download the game client now directly from Game Front.
I’m particularly looking forward to this weekend’s beta test as I’ve been wanting to see how they approach crafting. So far in the game, we’ve been able to gather raw crafting materials in dungeons using class-specific skills (or utilizing consumable items to gather if we don’t have the right skill.) But haven’t been able to do anything with all the shiny stuff we’ve picked up.
Announced professions include: Leadership, Tailoring, Leatherworking, Mailsmithing, and Platesmithing. But we have no details yet on how many of these skills you can train, how the crafting process works or what are the limitations to making high-end items. There is mention in a recent newsletter of being able to progress in crafting (and manage your auction house items) from the web while logged off, but no details on that yet either.
Another thing yet to be revealed is the endgame content for the title. Leveling goes very quickly and I hope Cryptic has learned from its other titles as well as from current successful MMOs that having a healthy endgame is key to keeping a powerleveling populace around after they hit the level cap.
No word yet on an official release date, but if you’ve been looking forward to trying the game, download the client now and fire it up on April 30th for the open beta. We’ll have our impressions of the new crafting system as well as the Great Sword Fighter class and the new skill acquisition system after this week’s closed beta.
If you are just now checking out Neverwinter, watch the video below for a quick overview of what it has to offer.