Announced more than a year ago, with the suggestion that it would be out in 2011, a recent quarter’s earnings call by Perfect World has suggested a much later release date. A much, much later release date.
A recent quarterly results call by Chinese MMO videogames specialist Perfect World (the company that published Torchlight) shows that the company is planning to release Dungeon & Dragons: Neverwinter no earlier than the fourth quarter of 2012. CFO Kelvin Lau explained that:
“For Cryptic games, Neverwinter, I think our schedule is going to – trying to launch the game in late 2012 or early 2013. So we are going to launch the game in US first and then followed by Asian countries.”
If you’re wondering why it has taken over a year for any news on Neverwinter’s release, it is probably related to Cryptic Studios being bought from Atari by Perfect World earlier this year.
Whether or not Cryptic changing hands since the game’s announcement has led to any huge changes to what was initially outlined for the game is unknown. Last year, Atari were boasting how Dungeons & Dragons: Neverwinter would have a “Forge” system (code name) allowing for players to create their own story lines and quests.