ZAM at E3: Neverwinter's Foundry Feature

We stopped by Cryptic's booth at E3 to talk with them about Neverwinter's user-generated content.

Cryptic revealed Neverwinter at E3 this week, and we stopped by their booth to get some details on the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons MMO. The team mainly focused on The Foundry, which will allow you to build and share your own in-game adventures.

The Foundy basically lets you become the Dungeon Master of Neverwinter. It gives you the tools to builds NPCs, maps, dungeons, castles, and everything else you need to create your own epic adventures and share them with other players.

The Foundry is currently in development, so Cryptic gave us some general details regarding the system. Here are their main points:

  • There will be a complete set of standalone content that Cryptic will create for the game.
  • When the game launches, there will be a robust set of tools on The Foundry for players.
  • They're trying to design it to be an easier version of the Aurora toolset while maintaining a high level of customization.
  • They're still trying to work out exactly how much they want to allow users to be able to do with it.

From our time at Cryptic's booth, it honestly feels like they're trying to embrace the essence of Dungeons & Dragons in this MMO. We'll be keeping our eye on this game as more details are released. In case you missed them, be sure to check out the Neverwinter trailer and screenshots!

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This is a bit touchy!
# Jun 09 2011 at 8:06 PM Rating: Decent
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Well, Bioware just about gave us free reign, this will be a touchy subject. If it is too limited and users can't make their own furniture or models and import them, I fear it will be a system that never sees much use. If that's the case, then they should scrap "The Foundry" and just add more content to the game instead of wasting resources, if they aren't willing to empower the community. That is the #1 reason Neverwinter Nights is still arguably considered, the greatest and longest running D&D/RPG of all time, the community and user created content.

Let us hope for the best!
This is a bit touchy!
# Jun 10 2011 at 12:53 PM Rating: Excellent
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Well the Foundry is already live in Cryptic's other title: Star Trek Online. It's very much embraced by the community there and has become a major cornerstone of gameplay. Any tool that allows users to create their own stories and then play out those stories with their own characters isn't going to be ignored. Since it's already being tested out in a live environment, and changes to the Foundry are being made based on that feedback, I believe it will be solid when Neverwinter launches. One of the devs also stated on the CO forums (another Cryptic game) that Neverwinter is being built around the Foundry rather than having it added in like they did with STO. So right from the start everything will be set up for it. In short, I don't think there's anything to worry about.
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