Updates in 2014 will bring a new level cap, new raids and a new dungeon based on the classic D&D adventure Haunted Halls of the Evening Star.
2013 is coming to an end, and while most of us are making preparations for things like Christmas and New Years, Turbine is already readying itself for the coming year's work. In an announcement recapping the past year's improvements to Dungeons & Dragons Online, the studio also took some time to layout some of its plans and goals for 2014.
"Barring divine intervention or disaster," Turbine has confirmed that it will be introducing several new features and new content in the coming year. Its first update for 2014, for instance, will bring with it a pair of new level 30 raids that will take place in the dwarf ruins of Thunderholme, culminating "in a confrontation with Aurgloroasa the Sibilant Shade." Turbine has also confirmed that it's reserved "the option to add a third [raid] later in the year."
With Dungeons & Dragons' 40th anniversary coming next year, Turbine is also planning special content to celebrate. "We'll also be introducing a tribute to the classic Ed Greenwood module Haunted Halls of Eveningstar," said the studio. "This dungeon will have a version matching the published module, and an extended version using Ed's unpublished notes that introduces you to Whisper's Crypt." Greenwood himself will serve as the voice of the dungeon master in this content, and will also provide commentary audio to provide further insight into the creation of his "beloved adventure."
Later in the year, a second update will introduce new pirate-themed content that will include new Guild Airship models, layouts, decorations and amenities. The studio also plans to extend Three Barrel Cove to Epic levels. The third planned update following that will, transport players to the desert area of Anauroch, where they'll "battle the armies of Netheril and challenge a new enemy - the enigmatic Phaerimm." Finally, a fourth 2014 update will extend the game's level cap to 30, completing its Epic levels. "With this update we'll be looking at ways to complete and improve existing systems like Epic Destinies."
While these are all confirmed updates, Turbine has affirmed that it won't be the full extent of new content for Dungeons & Dragons Online in 2014. There are many other ideas in process, only some of which will go into the game and out to live worlds." For more information regarding the planned 2014 content, visit the official announcement at the Dungeons & Dragons Online website.
Source: Dungeons & Dragons Online