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Just a few days after squelching the rumors about them making a new Planescape game, the folks at Beamdog come out with a new unexpected announcement - they're currently working on an Enhanced Edition of BioWare's Neverwinter Nights. This was supposed to be revealed today at 12 PM PST on Twitch, but thanks to some less than honorable people, the bugbear, as Beamdog puts it, is out of the bag already. The livestream is still happening though, and you might want to tune in to Beamdog's Twitch channel at 12 PM PST for some “developer secrets and prize giveaways.”
So far we know that Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition will contain all the content of the Diamond Edition and offer such additional features like 4K resolution, adjusted interface, visual improvements, backwards compatibility with old modules and save games, and more. It will be priced at $19.99 or your regional equivalent and is already available for pre-order on Beamdog's website.
Here's the Enhanced Edition trailer:
And here's a press release with some additional information and an overview of the game's features:
Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition Combines all the content of Neverwinter Nights Diamond Edition with all-new enhanced features. Includes 100+ hours of award-winning adventures and the tools to create your own! Play alone, with a friend, or join up to 64 others online! Step into a fantastical world filled with magic, wonder, and adventure at every turn.
EDMONTON, ALBERTA - November 21, 2017. Video game developer Beamdog has announced the return of a classic. Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition is now available to pre-order on Beamdog for $19.99 USD and is available to wishlist on Steam.
- Improved Display: Your portrait, combat bar, inventory, and other UI elements adjust in size based on your chosen resolution including 1080p and 4k.
- Advanced Graphics Options: Pixel shaders and post-processing effects make for crisper, cleaner visuals. Enable contrast, vibrance, and depth of field options as preferred.
- Community Endorsed: Original developers have teamed with key members of the Neverwinter Nights community to curate important fan-requested improvements to support players, storytellers, and modders.
- Backwards Compatibility: Works with save games, modules, and mods from the original Neverwinter Nights. A galaxy of community created content awaits.
As of November 21, 2017, Beamdog will begin selecting lucky fans from the pre-order pool on Beamdog.com for the Head Start program. This program allows pre-order owners to play, import modules, and update persistent world servers early.
“Neverwinter Nights was a unique game that distilled the essence of Dungeons & Dragons and allowed players to build, share and act as Dungeon Master for amazing gaming experiences.” said Trent Oster, Beamdog CEO. “I think this unique combination makes Neverwinter Nights one of the most versatile role playing game experiences of all time.” Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition combines the familiarity of the Forgotten Realms with new features like advanced graphic shaders, 4k support, updated translations (French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish) and the fan community’s most requested bug fixes.
The release is accompanied by a Digital Deluxe bundle which includes three of the original premium modules (Pirates of the Sword Coast, Infinite Dungeons, and Wyvern Crown of Cormyr), two soundtracks collecting all of the original music, and a new portrait pack. Each piece of DLC will be available to wishlist on Steam All content will be available on Windows, macOS, and Linux. “I invite everyone interested in the future of Neverwinter Nights to join the Beamdog forums,” said Oster. “We hope it will become a new home where you can speak directly with the development team. We need to know what YOU want to see Neverwinter Nights become, and we'll do our best to meet and exceed those expectations."