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Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Perfect World
Developer: Cryptic Studios
Release Date: June 20, 2013

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'Neverwinter' Dragonslayer Module Gets PS4, Xbox One And PC Release Date, Reveals More Dragon Hunt System Details

by Rainier on May 16, 2022 @ 10:19 a.m. PDT

In Neverwinter, players choose to become one of five classic D&D classes and team up with friends or NPCs to form five-person co-op groups. Players also create their own storylines and quests utilizing a user-friendly content generation system.

Players explore the vast city of Neverwinter and its surrounding countryside, learning the vivid history of the iconic city and battling its many enemies. In Neverwinter, players can create their own quests and campaigns with the Foundry, a powerful content creation tool that allows players to seamlessly integrate their adventures in to the live game world.

They might not be the most pleasant-looking creatures, but they are definitely a fierce bunch of savage and bloodthirsty warriors. By plaguing the civilized races, Orcs have always been a major threat to humans, elves and dwarfs. Laying claim to the area in the northern half of the old Tower District, Orcs have made the Cloak Tower in Neverwinter their home.

Even the most courageous heroes will have to fight their way through the ruins of this district to put an end to the Orc domination and help restore Neverwinter to her former glory.

During Wizards of the Coast’s Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) Direct, Gearbox Publishing and Cryptic Studios announced that Neverwinter’s 23rd module, Dragonslayer, will launch for PC (Arc Games, Epic Games Store and Steam) and PlayStation and Xbox consoles on June 14, 2022.

The new Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons-inspired module marks the very first time both PC and console players can enjoy new content on the same day, as previous modules for Neverwinter have launched at different times across platforms.

The module will let players become dragonslayers as they will enter epic lairs and hunt down chromatic dragons from the D&D universe. Dragonslayer will introduce a brand-new Dragon Hunt system, bringing new battles, lairs, challenges, rewards and much more to Neverwinter.

Additionally, the update will include a complete revamp of Neverwinter’s dragons that will make them more epic than ever before, along with a major content update to the D&D fan-favorite “Temple of Tiamat” Trial that pits players against the 5-headed draconic goddess, Tiamat.

Following the events of Dragonbone Vale, the Shield of the North successfully drove Valindra Shadowmantle out of the Sword Coast, but not before she managed to cast a flawed version of the Scaleblight Mythal. The malevolent spell awakened countless dragons to the phenomenon of dragonsight, twisting their motivations and driving them to wild rage. The call for help sounds out once more in Dragonslayer, where players will need to hunt down these deadly dragons, alongside fellow dragonslayers in hopes of saving the Sword Coast. 

For the first time ever in Neverwinter, the new module Dragonslayer will allow players to experience a new Dragon Hunt system that lets them become one of Smeriduk Dragonbone’s mighty dragonslayers to counterattack dragons in their very lairs. The new system will feature the option of battling various chromatic dragons – from icy White Dragons to cunning Black Dragons – of different ages (Young, Adult, Ancient) with each dragon type presenting its own unique set of challenges to overcome, lairs to explore and rewards to acquire. The upcoming update will also bring a complete revamp of Neverwinter’s dragons, giving these deadly creatures all-new attacks, spells and the ability to take to the skies. Longtime veteran players and new players can also look forward to a major update for the beloved “Temple of Tiamat” Trial as the new version will feature new mechanics and challenges, along with Normal and Master difficulty options.

Valindra’s foul magic has permeated the Sword Coast and corrupted countless dragons by awakening them to their planar echoes. To address the threat, Lord Neverember has enlisted the aid of notorious dragon hunter Smerdiuk Dragonbane. Smerdiuk and his crew have arrived in Protector’s Enclave to set up a new base of operations in their hunt. They welcome any adventurer who proves they can face off against the might of the dragons.

Dragon Hunter’s Camp

Smerdiuk Dragonbane is a renowned dragon hunter famous for his books on dragon hunting. He brings with him a crew of expert hunters who fulfill various roles in his dragon hunter’s camp set up past the Deekin Street gate in Protector’s Enclave. Gurness Stormforge is Smerdiuk’s trusty smith, a master of forging the magical scales of dragons into unrivaled weapons and armor. Aerlyna Everfell is the true hunter of the group, tracking dragons throughout the Sword Coast. Zaraloth investigates the mysteries of the Weave and currently researches the effects of Valindra’s mythal on dragons across the Sword Coast. And lastly Smerdiuk’s lifelong friend Dhomir the Pious serves as the group’s healer and aids in matters of curses and cleansing.

Dragon Hunts

Dragon hunts are a new kind of queue where you can take on young dragons by yourself, adult dragons in a party of three, or the most powerful ancient dragons in a full party of five. As you progress in the Dragon Hunt questline you will unlock access to ancient dragon hunts, and a variety of rewards to be purchased with parts harvested from defeated dragons.

Dragon Lairs

From icy peaks to volcanic depths, dragons make their home in various places across Faerun. You will travel with the dragon hunters to various lairs hunting chromatic dragons affected by the mythal. Dragon hunts will take place across five distinct biomes where the five chromatic dragons have made their lairs and hidden their vast treasure hordes. 

Hunt Modifiers

More challenging dragons can be hunted by applying hunt modifiers when departing for a dragon hunt. These modifiers change up the way a hunt plays out and empower the dragons. This also increases the rewards gained at the end of a hunt. A new interface will guide players in proposing different modifiers from their collection and the system will then select which modifiers are applied from the group’s proposals. More modifiers can be unlocked and upgraded as you progress.

Dragon Updates

Dragons in Neverwinter have been overhauled and modernized to be mobile, dynamic, and intelligent threats worthy of the D&D name. Along with a major visual update, dragons now command a new suite of powerful attacks and spells. In true D&D fashion, Dragons can now take flight and sweep the lair with devastating breath weapons, or stand on their haunches in an intimidating stance displaying their mastery of magic as flinging powerful spells at their enemies. As they age, dragons’ become more challenging, unlocking the ability to use more abilities with ancient dragons demonstrating the pinnacle of this incredible creature. Whether it be the vicious white dragon or the cunning black dragon, they each chromatic dragon has a fighting style fitting their personality and elemental affinity. This creates a unique challenge to overcome and master as adventurers rise through the ranks to become a top Dragonslayers.

Campaign and Rewards

Dragon hunts will have a new Dragonslayer campaign which you will progress by hunting dragons. You will also work to gather Elemental Strands from various Adventure Zones and Queues in order to unlock and upgrade your Dragon Hunt Modifiers, as well as collect epic new dragon hunter gear!

Neverwinter is available on PC and is free to play digitally on Xbox One (with Xbox Live Gold) and PS4 (PlayStation Plus not required).

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