Cryptic announced beta dates this last week. It looks like this kitty will be in on March 8, assuming the data gets processed properly on Cryptic’s end, and I receive my key. I’m looking forward to writing some impressions of the game.
I’m really excited to see the toolset. I was thinking today about the zones that I made with the Neverwinter 2 tools. I still remember the little town, the waterfall that I made over the dam area, and the paths through the copper cliffs at sunset.
Per Neverwinter dev posts, the NDA situation is still under consideration. Also, the game is confirmed to launch with only 5 classes. This might be enough for a month or two, but they really need more than this.
I commented in a previous post about the strict divisions of races into factions in Elder Scrolls and how this might turn off players. D&D has a similar situation with the classes. D&D fans have favorite classes. The wizard class is represented by a “control wizard”. What does that mean? It sounds like I’ll have a limited subset of wizard skills/spells that I can use. To me this 4E (4th Edition) wizard isn’t a true wizard by 3E standards, nor will be the additional wizard classes added later to the game.
I don’t even want to think about the F2P situation. If I want to keep playing video games, then I need to find a way to cope with the constant, annoying sales pressure. I couldn’t even go to Target the week before last and buy chocolate without freaking out about the amount of manipulative crap on the price tag.
I walked out of the store without chocolate. I’m buying bulk now at the Farmer’s market, and I’m shopping at Walmart more. Walmart is a lot like World of Warcraft–lots of staple goods at reasonable prices all the time, with no nonsense.
I’ve actually been thinking about going back to WoW because it isn’t F2P, and it supports dual-boxing unlike SWTOR and GW2. I probably will at some point, but it’s hard to find the time right now to make one or two subscriptions worthwhile.
And so a big advantage of a Free-To-Play game rears its serpentine head immediately.