Sunday, December 03, 2006

NWN2 - Atari/Obsidian Speak of the Future and Support

With such a strong modding community a game like Neverwinter Nights 2 needs ongoing support, much like an MMO does. Of course this costs money and it's not like there's a monthly fee to pay, so some people have expressed concern that with Atari's financial issues at the moment whether NWN2 will consider to feel the love from them. Nwvault have an interview with a couple of key members of the NWN2 team to allay your fears - or not as the case may be.

2) There was a strong feeling in the community, when the premium module program was first cancelled, that Atari was dropping support for NWN. Could you tell us more what happened exactly?

Atari is strongly devoted to working with Wizards of the Coast in continuing support and development for the Neverwinter Nights brand, and the Dungeon's and Dragons property as a whole.

The truth is that Neverwinter Nights 2 and other games of this nature are a major undertaking to develop and produce and focusing on the release of the sequel is what is best for the fans, the community and the brand.

Continuing to manage the release of new content for a game which was originally released now over 4 years ago has some amount of diminishing return in many regards. The most simple explanation simply boils down to the launch of Neverwinter Nights 2 largely requiring a shift on our part.

In fact there are many contributing factors to the decision, but we have not discontinued support for NWN, fans and community, or many of the user created projects out there - and this was never our intent - these we hope will continue to live and grow as long as the active community is in support of them.

The full interview is here

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