If you guessed that Module1 was an expansion pack, it's time to go collect from everyone who said it was Rangers.
Anyone who has been following my posts knows that I have been waiting with great anticipation to hear back from the Neverwinter developers at Cryptic for word on the official release and first patch notes and content updates for the game. Early this morning, the Neverwinter team released a news post that not only informed us of the game's release date and first major content patch, but also included some information about the game's first free expansion pack and Module, Neverwinter: Fury of the Feywild.
Neverwinter is concluding its open beta, and the full version of the game is launching on June 20th, 2013. The live release will not reset character data, and servers will only be down long enough to apply the content patch that is coming alongside launch. The full version patch includes a lot of improvement over the current state of the game, including tons of balance changes, and fixes for quests, rewards, and tons of other content. Cryptic is also releasing Gauntlgrym, a brand new PvP/PvE zone where players can fight monsters and each other for high level rewards.
This morning's announcement also included information about Module1, which we now know is called Neverwinter: Fury of the Feywild. Although the only release information available is that it will is coming out this summer, we do know that the expansion features Formorian Giants fighting for the Elven city of Sharandar. More information about Fury of the Feywild will be released in the coming weeks, and will be posted to the Module1 webpage.
Executive producer Craig Zinkievich had the following to say about the updates, "Boy, we have a lot going on. But then that was the plan from the very beginning. The feedback from players has been incredible. With their help during our Beta Test periods and our accumulated experience from having launched five MMOs, we're confident we've worked out all the major kinks and can sustain the world of Neverwinter without the Beta safety net. I personally thank our Open Beta players for providing an enormous amount of valuable feedback and supporting us during every single step of the development process. As a token of that appreciation, we're running an in-game promotional event near the end of Open Beta. Of course, alongside the end of Open Beta comes the release of Gauntlgrym, which adds more end-game content. And, we just announced Fury of the Feywild, our first content expansion for Neverwinter, which will all be, in classic D&D fashion, Modules. Yeah, there is a lot going on. But we wouldn't have it any other way. The game is doing great and we love working on it."
With this latest announcement, Neverwinter is making good on their promise of consistent and frequent updates. They're releasing an expansion only a few months after the game's launch, and with all of that content being free to access, Cryptic is giving players a good incentive to check out what they've got in store. With all this new content, players at all levels will have lots to do over the rest of this summer. I suppose I should go say goodbye to my family now.