Last August, Atari and Cryptic announced a new non-MMO, single-player/co-op multi-player was being produced. It was titled, ever so originally, Neverwinter.
By the way, I would like to throw out a few other Forgotten Realms locations that could have games based around them, thus avoiding more repetition of Neverwinter. (Or Baldur’s Gate, for that matter.)
Waterdeep maybe? Zhentil Keep? Calimport even? The elves of Evermeet perhaps?
All fine locations.
Anyway, I received a note today about another Dungeons & Dragons game, again not an MMO, but featuring single-player and co-op multi-player action. This time Atari has teamed up with Bedlam Games to create Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale.
And the first thing going for it is that at least it isn’t named Neverwinter. (Or Baldur’s Gate.)
But otherwise it sounds… well… a lot like Neverwinter.
Solo or Co-op Play
It’s up to you! Whether you choose to do battle in the mines of Tethyamar or skirmish on the Tower of Rezlus, you can fight solo, join with up to three friends online, or battle alongside a partner locally.
Explore Daggerdale’s main questlines to reveal its intriguing backstory, mysterious characters, and the richness of its world. Extended depth and experience reward exploration and side-quests.
Battle a wide range of enemies by engaging in intuitive pick-up-and-play melee, tactical ranged combat, or powerful spell casting.
Develop Your Character
Select a class, build your ultimate hero, collect loot, and earn experience! Select powers and feats to enhance and customize your hero as you level up.
Stunning Levels and Deep Exploration
A wide variety of perilous quests encourage you to explore Daggerdale’s richly detailed environments.
Multiple Game Modes
Unlock new areas and challenges in Campaign mode, or hone your skills and discover powerful new items in Freeplay mode.
Authentic D&D Experience
The detailed world of the iconic Dungeons & Dragons franchise has been painstakingly recreated for a rich, complex, and thrilling game experience.
It also includes the usual claim to be true to the spirit of the 4th Edition rule set, though it lacks some of the heavy-hitter name that Cryptic mentions prominently; R. A. Salvatore. (He wrote the story on which the game is based.)
Oh, it does have one more thing going for it that Cryptic’s Neverwinter does not. Daggerdale is supposed to be out before Summer. Cryptic is still living up to its name and still saying just “2011” on the Neverwinter site.
Anyway, it is clear that Atari is big on Dungeons & Dragons of late.
Daggerdale is slated for Windows, XBox 360, and PlayStation 3, though my experience so far in cross platform is that PC players get the short end of the stick. And Daggerdale’s latest video doesn’t exactly have me wetting my pants in anticipation.
Not that it looks bad, but there wasn’t anything that really stood out either.
How about you? Have you heard anything good about Daggerdale?
Or have you heard anything new about Neverwinter?