Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
N Amer - 10/09/2007
E3 2007 Preview
PC developers have a tough decision when it comes to making a sequel or expansion pack. Sequels often require a new engine, which can extend the development cycle by several years. On the other hand, expansion packs are quicker but are more likely to disappoint fans that were looking for a new experience.
The developers of Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer would like you to consider it to be a spiritual sequel. This expansion pack does not use a new engine but features more of what Neverwinter Nights 2 fans were craving, such as a new campaign (that truly feels like a new adventure, not a rehash of the first). The night and day cycle was an interesting feature of the original that didn’t have a major affect on the gameplay. That changes with Mask of the Betrayer, as you now have the chance to access a special portal at night.
After entering the portal, players will end up in a darker, more vicious world. The color array changes to an artistic black and white – certain hues shine through, but the general look is darker and filled with stark contrasts.
Mask of the Betrayer introduces Red Wizards as a prestige class and a new race called the Genasi, a group of half-breeds incorporating earth, air, water, or fire elements. Players will be able to begin the game by bringing over a previous character, by starting a new character from scratch, or by using a pre-loaded character.
The single-player campaign features a character with a sword stuck in his body. He falls unconscious and gets transported to another land. When he wakes up the sword has been ripped from his body, leaving a large hole in its place. He’s weak but must go on fighting, and must recover the sword that was taken from him so brutally.
Developed with modders in mind, Mask of the Betrayer will feature a full set of tools to create the deepest mods possible. The tools seemed pretty complex, with everything from environmental manipulation and character adjustments to lighting changes and world building from the ground up.
Shipping this fall, Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer is as close as you’ll get to a Neverwinter Nights sequel until the inevitable third chapter arrives.