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Neverwinter Nights at E3!
By Dan Huling
October 16, 2001
best part of E3 was seeing the Neverwinter nights Booth,
it was totally awesome, some of us got to play around with
the 'demo' of the game and all I Gotta say is WOW...
Neverwinter Nights is a new CRPG that Bioware and Black
Isle are working on, for a release in early 2001, set in
the Forgotten Realms, and is going to have strong
multiplayer support (up to 64 players per Portal). And the
game will have other portals in which you can go to other
servers with new maps the DM has made.
The Solstice Toolset will allow people to make their own
dungeons and towns, and much
more, one of the greatest features is the scripted events, you can
create a rich, deep story, and even include cut-scenes!
Nights will use the brand new 3rd edition rules, allowing
for more races, and classes. Over 200 Spells and 200
Monsters to fight as well, and Bioware plans on releasing
new monsters (much like EA has released new cars for the
Need for Speed Series).
You'll also be able to import your characters from Baldurs
Gate/ TotSC, and in Neverwinter Nights, characters can
reach the 20th level and Higher!
The game interface is transparent, and allows the player to make inventory changes,
access spells, and stuff with other players and
non-player characters all from the game screen. The third-person
view is centered on the player's character and can be zoomed in
and out and rotated 360 degrees (Like Darkstone) by using the arrow keys.
Aurora engine used in the game is based on the Omen engine that
was used in MDK 2, and features source lighting and dynamic,
accurate shadows. The realism of the lighting effects were
displayed in the demonstration, as a character carrying a torch
walked around another character, making the shadows on the screen
rotate and stretch according to the location of the torch. The
rendering used in the game is also impressive. At full-zoom on the
camera, reflections were noticeable on parts of armor, while the
cloth underneath remained matte. Black Isle and
Bioware expect to release Neverwinter Nights in the early of
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