Here you’ll find a couple of, what one could describe as, “official links”. These are a couple of links to official pages from companies and products in some way related to the Chosen. It is both as a common courtesy to the professionals behind said products/companies as the first place for our visitors to look for more information on them.
Well, this is the game it’s all about: Neverwinter Nights. To quote the official text: “Prepare to embark on an epic adventure with Neverwinter Nights, the highly anticipated roleplaying game set for a summer 2002 release. With a gripping single-player campaign and unparalleled multi-player options, Neverwinter Nights will change the face of PC roleplaying forever.” Well, there you have it. We highly recommend you check it out if you haven’t already.
After Neverwinter Night’s success it, of course, couldn’t last long before a sequal would be made. And with the highly inspired name of “Neverwinter Nights 2” this is it. Still in development, looking at a spring 2006 release, it promises to bring better graphics, better tools, a better official campaign and, well, just more and better. From the brief glimpses we have had so far it certainly looks like the developers will deliver on their promise. But seeing how high the anticipation runs for this game this certainly isn’t an easy task.
BioWare is the computer games development company that created Neverwinter Nights. Adding it to their list of excellent games such as “Baldur’s Gate”, it’s sequel “Baldur’s Gate 2 - Shadows of Amn” and Star Wars roleplaying game “Knights of the Old Republic”. Seeing the quality of these games BioWare’s dedication to make top-of-the-line roleplaying game it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Neverwinter Nights is, to date, still one of the most popular computer roleplaying games despite it’s release in 2002. Of course this is in no small part also due to their continued support of the game, having created two expansion packs, numerous premium modules and far more patches giving new content and functionality to count.
Where BioWare developed Neverwinter Nights, it is Obsidian Entertainment who is making it’s sequel Neverwinter Nights 2. With only one previous game to their name they might look like a somewhat dubious choice for such a highly anticipated and complex game, until you take a closer look at the people that make up the studio. First of all this one game is the highly successful “Knights of the Old Republic 2”, sequel to another of BioWare’s games. This alone should show the quality this studio is capable of. And if you then consider that the key members of Obsidian have been responsible for titles such as “Fallout”, “Fallout 2”, “Planescape - Torment”, “Icewind Dale” and “Icewind Dale 2” (not to mention the numerous other talented individuals now part of this studio) it seems clear that they have what it takes to make the sequel every bit as successful as the original. We are all holding our breath, Obsidian, so show us what you’ve got.
The Forgotten Realms is the name of the campaign setting in which Neverwinter Nights takes place. It’s a world of heroes and villains, a place of magic and breathtaking beauty. And while we of the Chosen do not hold to this setting alone, it is the one we visit most often as it is the world for which Eilistraee was created. So come and explore the strengths (and weaknesses) of a shared universe full of mystery and adventure.
The company now responsible for the Forgotten Realms setting and the Dungeons and Dragons rules on which both the setting and Neverwinter Nights are based is Wizards of the Coast. While gaining fame for their Magic the Gathering trading card game they are now one of the largest fantasy gaming companies on the planet, their product ranging from Star Wars to Pokemon. If you are interested in any of their product (especially the Dungeons and Dragons material of course) then visit their site to learn more, and possibly their online store to purchase them.
A newcomer on the NWN2 scene, Ossian Studios is responsible for Mysteries of Westgate, the first (and hopefully not the last) Official Adventure Pack for NWN2. If early reviews are any indication of things to come, this company should be a major player in the future.