Saturday, April 14, 2007

Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer

It seems obvious that Obsidian Entertainment were waiting for my recent 2500+ word favourable review for Neverwinter Nights 2 before committing resources to the development of a somewhat inevitable expansion pack. Mask of the Betrayer, is coming in the autumn (and will of course be delayed until Christmas at the earliest) and promises to breathe new life into the Neverwinter franchise.

Karadon poses with swords akimbo before the final battle in Neverwinter Nights 2

Following the final battle against the King of Shadows in Neverwinter Nights 2, Karadon (or whatever the player's character is) finds himself alone and in a strange land; Rashemen. Mask of the Betrayer sets players on a journey that will bring startling revelations about their character.

"Atari's commitment to the Neverwinter Nights franchise and the enormous community is strong," said Nique Fajors, VP of Sales and Marketing at Atari. "We are on track to release the Neverwinter Nights 2 expansion pack this Fall, less than one year since the launch of Obsidian's outstanding sequel, and are confident the new features will deliver a role-playing experience that further engages and satisfies fans."

Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer introduces dozens of new feats and spells, new races, classes, companions, weapons, armor, monsters and modding tools. And, of course, it provides a brand new campaign to extend the life of NWN2.

"Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer's engrossing campaign will conclude the storyline that began in the original Neverwinter Nights 2 and focus on combat, exploration and classic D&D dungeon-crawling," said Feargus Urquhart, Obsidian Entertainment's CEO. "We're also making new advances in story and character development as well as improving upon the acclaimed companion Influence System used in both Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords and Neverwinter Nights 2."

I myself have never experienced a D&D character (PC Game or P'n'P) beyond Level 20 so I don't know what to expect from what is known as Epic-Level questing. I'd appreciate it if anyone could enlighten me as to what the future of the NWN2 incarnation of Karadon may hold assuming Obsidian continue their faithful representation of D&D in game.

Source: IGN

3 comments:

'jœrmuŋgandr said...

So is the green thing round Karadon's face 'the Mask of the Betrayer'?
:-)

Lt. Colonel Creedon said...

No.

Clown.

Anonymous said...

I myself have never experienced a D&D character (PC Game or P'n'P) beyond Level 20 so I don't know what to expect from what is known as Epic-Level questing.

Then you should play NWN, Hords Of The Underdark. Its better.