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Wizards of the Coast released the Dungeon of the Mad Mage D&D adventure book back in November of 2018. The book revolved around the famous Undermountain mega-dungeon and its mad wizard overlord Halaster Blackcloak.
And going by the press release we received, Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios' D&D-inspired MMO Neverwinter will be offering its spin on that particular tale in spring, when the game's upcoming Undermountain expansion launches on PC. According to the announcement, this will be the game's biggest expansion to date. It will introduce a brand new campaign, five new adventure zones and an increased level cap among other things.
Check out the official announcement trailer:
And here are the relevant parts of the press release:
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – February 19, 2019 – Today, Perfect World Entertainment Inc., a leading publisher of free-to-play MMORPGs, and Cryptic Studios announced Neverwinter: Undermountain is coming to PC this spring, as well as PlayStation®4 and Xbox One at a later date. In the biggest expansion to date for the free-to-play MMORPG set in the Forgotten Realms, adventurers are summoned to the immense dungeon beneath Waterdeep following mysterious visions. Updates include a level cap increase to 80, five new Adventure Zones in the MANY caverns below Waterdeep, a new social hub in the Yawning Portal Tavern, a new Endgame Dungeon, an overhaul of Class Powers as well as Feats, revamped Boons system, richer loot drop experience and much more.
An unknown force beckons the people of the Forgotten Realms to the halls of Undermountain with visions of their deepest desires. Through a magical portal hidden along the Sword Coast, adventurers must seek a truth far more sinister. Renowned Waterdeep taproom, the Yawning Portal, acts as a hub for players looking to delve deeper into the hallowed halls shaped by Halaster Blackcloak’s twisted mind. Team up with Celeste, Durnan - proprietor of the Yawning Portal - as well as uneasy allies to uncover the wicked machinations at work below Mount Waterdeep.
Introducing five new adventure zones spanning several levels of Undermountain, this expansion offers adventurers the opportunity to grow their characters up to level 80 with improved level-scaling for earlier zones, class ability and balance overhauls, new rewards from encounters throughout Neverwinter and the first taste of new endgame content including the all-new Lair of the Mad Mage dungeon. In addition, Undermountain features an all-new Expeditions system - where players can explore the ever-changing caverns of Undermountain, even encountering the Mad Mage himself.
Ahead of launch, intrepid adventurers looking to explore Neverwinter’s biggest expansion early can begin doing so on our Preview server, Mimic. Players looking to access content ahead of PC updates can visit Neverwinter’s PTS guide to copy an existing character over to Mimic (or create a new character in-game) and begin playing all-new content ahead of release. Along with early access, players can also provide feedback of their experience on the PTS forums. For more information Neverwinter: Undermountain including when players can access new content in Preview, visit: http://www.playneverwinter.com/
Additionally, Neverwinter players on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One can look forward to new bundles coming to Twitch Prime. The next bundle - Mottled Rage Drake Bundle - begins February 19, available until March 18; the final bundle will be available March 19. February’s bundle includes the Mottled Rage Drake Mount, 30 days in-game VIP, 3x Epic Insignia Choice Pack and Rank 13 Enchantment Choice Pack. For additional information on this promotion visit: https://twitch.amazon.com/prime/loot/neverwinter