Console Neverwinter players will have to wait a bit longer to check out Undermountain. The content expansion launch has been delayed until June 18th to give it “a little more time to bring the enormity of the Mad Mage’s realm to life on consoles”.
From May 9th to May 16th, PC Neverwinter players can head to the Zen Market to pick up a free gift from Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios. The Undermountaineer’s Pack contains a rare quality Myconid Companion, the Undermountaineer in-game title and the Construct’s Marked Cloak for transmutation.
Halaster Blackcloak, the Mad Mage, is the architect of the magic-infused Undermountain lair. Every room and hallway has been imbued with his magic and those traveling its subterranean hallways will occasionally run into him as he roams in his domain. In a new dev blog, Lead Character Artist Jonathan Nascone writes about how Blackcloak’s attire and animations were designed to give him the lonely hermit appearance that will be seen when Undermountain launches.
On April 23rd, the Lockbox of the Mad Mage will make its debut in the game. This new type of lockbox can contain the Legendary Hellfire Engine mount, the Grung companion or other types of goodies. Of course, all of the contents are themed around the upcoming Undermountain expansion coming later this month.
The latest Neverwinter blog devoted to the upcoming Undermountain content expansion has been published, this time penned by Environment Artist Patrick Poage. In it, Poage talks about creating the perfect environments for Expeditions and the goals the team had setting out into Undermountain. “We want it to feel like you’re traveling far and wide across Undermountain and we want to give it as much variety as we can”.
The Neverwinter team has put out a new “vlog” to detail some of the biggest changes coming to Neverwinter with the Undermountain expansion. Many of the biggest features and changes are now present on the Preview Server for players to try out and to provide feedback on between now and the April 23rd PC release date.
As Cryptic Studios has been showing over the past couple of weeks, big changes are in store for Neverwinter players when the Undermountain content expansion launches later this spring. In a pair of new blog posts on the Neverwinter site, devs lay out the changes to both the Rogue and Barbarian (formerly Great Weapon Fighter) classes.
The latest Neverwinter: Undermountain developer diary is now live for your perusal, this time focused on the rewards players will receive from quests, bosses and more. The reward system is changing drastically along with many other systems in Undermountain. For instance, armor will be altered both in stats and in being more “focused on roles instead of classes” all while “adhering to the traditional Dungeons & Dragons armor types”.