Neverwinter Nights Hands-on; New Movies
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One of the big players at E3 this year was BioWare, who showed off their upcoming 3D role-playing game, Neverwinter Nights. This much-anticipated title is set to be published later in the year by Infogrames under their Atari label, and while no Mac publisher has yet been named, it would not be suprising were MacSoft (another Infogrames company) to get the nod.
New previews of the title talk about getting hands on the game on the E3 show floor, including two posted recently at GameSpot and Games Domain. While both are brief, they do give a feel for how this Advanced Dungeons & Dragons-based title will play. Here's a clip from GameSpot:
The few undead creatures that weren't destroyed by our character's powerful 18th-level cleric's turn-undead ability would turn and shamble away in fear, and get cut down easily. New monsters were spawned in quickly and easily by the dungeon master using a simple pull-down menu to choose the monsters, and a drag-and-drop mouse command to put them into the game. Neverwinter Nights will ship with a huge number of different and familiar Dungeons & Dragons monsters, though dungeon masters will be able to create their own custom creatures to make them tougher, richer, injured, hostile, or friendly.The large sticking point for Mac users is the current lack of announced plans to port the dungeon master tools to the platform. A ray of hope was shined during The Gamesome Mac radio show last week when MacSoft's Al Schilling noted that if his company did publish the title for the Mac, they would do everything in their power to try and port the tools as well. If BioWare makes good on their promise to keep the Mac client up to date with the PC and Linux versions, it may be that whichever Mac publisher picks up the game would then be able to focus their time and resources on porting the tool set. Of course nothing is certain, and until a publisher is announced, this is only speculation.
For more on the game, also have a look at recent movies posted at Neverwinter Vault. They have a number of video camera movies from E3 posted in various formats, as well as small and large official MPEG trailers from BioWare.
IMG Preview: Neverwinter Nights
Games Domain: Neverwinter Nights Preview
GameSpot: Neverwinter Nights hands-on multiplayer impressions
Neverwinter Vault: Movie Listings
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