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As usual, Xbox One players will have to wait until later to get their hands on it, but PC players can play The Maze Engine, the latest update to Perfect World and Cryptic Entertainment's D&D-based MMO Neverwinter, as of today. The expansion adds new story content with iconic characters and enemies from the Forgotten Realms setting, alongside improved mount and queue systems, a new Castle Never level 70 dungeon, and four leveling dungeons. Here's the full press release:
The Maze Engine Expansion Emerges in Neverwinter
Overcome the Demonic Invasion with Drizzt, Bruenor & Minsc
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. March 15, 2016 Today, Perfect World Entertainment Inc., a leading publisher of free-to-play MMORPGs, and Cryptic Games announced Neverwinter: The Maze Engine is now available on PC, and will be released on Xbox One later in 2016. The ninth expansion to the Dungeons & Dragons-based MMORPG continues the Underdark storyline, pitting players against powerful, new demonic threats, Baphomet and Orcus.
In this latest expansion, players will once again join iconic Dungeons & Dragons heroes to battle the demonic invasion which began in Neverwinter: Underdark. The Horned King Baphomet has taken control of The Maze Engine, a powerful reality-altering artifact, as we plans his assault on Neverwinter. Orcus, the Prince of Undeath, has also taken up residence in the abandoned Castle Never, reanimating slain heroes of the castle into an undead army. Experience an all-new adventure with classic D&D characters, including Drizzt Do'Urden, Minsc, Bruenor Battlehammer, Regis and more to free Neverwinter from the clutches of demonic entities.
Neverwinter: The Maze Engine also offers new gameplay updates, including the return of four leveling dungeons and Castle Never, which has been upgraded into an epic dungeon. All of which, have been updated with new content and fresh visuals. The expansion also introduces the new Mounts System, allowing players to customize their mounts and how they're kept, an improved queue system, and a new campaign. More details and features can be found below:
· Return of Castle Never - Orcus has taken over this abandoned dungeon and filled its halls with undead adventurers. The level 70 Epic Dungeon returns with fresh visuals, and has had its design optimized for efficiency as well as both new and updated rewards.
· New Mounts System Players can customize their favorite mounts with abilities from other mounts.
· Four Leveling Dungeons Returning dungeons include Cloak Tower, Pirate King's Retreat, The Frozen eart, aHeart and Caverns of Karrundax.
· Improved Queue System Players can join up with their friends and large groups to conquer group challenges from dungeons, the Demogorgon battle, Tiamat and more.
· New Baphomet Campaign The storyline which began in Underdark continues, pitting adventurers against a siege of demons alongside iconic D&D heroes.
(The Maze Engine is our first of several large updates coming to Neverwinter in 2016 and continues the story from Underdark,) said Rob Overmeyer, Neverwinter's executive producer. (Looking forward in the year, we have a ton of new content that will bring your adventuring party deep into the Underdark, back to the tabletop in a new adventure and all the way to the frozen North. We're excited to bring our current players and fans of the Dungeons & Dragons franchise along for some of the best adventures in the Forgotten Realms.)
(It's great to see Neverwinter explore the roles of Orcus and Baphomet in the Rage of Demons storyline. The Prince of Undeath and the Horned Lord are not going to be easy demon lords to defeat,) said Nathan Stewart, Brand Director of Dungeons & Dragons. (We are looking forward to everything Neverwinter has in store for MMO players with our next storyline this year and beyond.)