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Atari Releases 'Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide'

by Rainier on July 1, 2003 @ 2:49 p.m. PDT

Atari, BioWare Corp. and FloodGate Entertainment have released the first official expansion to the smash hit "Neverwinter Nights", the award-winning fantasy role-playing game based in the "Dungeons & Dragons" "Forgotten Realms" world created by Wizards of the Coast. "Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide" is now available in stores nationwide and was developed under license from Hasbro Consumer Products Worldwide.

"`Neverwinter Nights' is the definitive role playing experience on the personal computer," said Steve Allison, vice president of marketing for Atari, Inc.'s Los Angeles studio. "With `Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide,' we are giving the fans all new content for their single player campaigning as well as new tools to push their own creations to the next level in the `Neverwinter Nights Aurora Toolset.'"

"Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide" will include a new extensive single player campaign as well as game features new to "Neverwinter Nights," such as additional D&D(TM) skills, feats, classes, monsters, weapons and spells. In addition, the pack will include three new tile sets and other assets for use in the Aurora toolset that will enable module designers to create completely different worlds. The game is being co-developed by BioWare Corp., creators of the original game and the popular "Baldur's Gate" series, and FloodGate Entertainment. A second expansion, "Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark(TM)," which will feature a new single player campaign and even more features is also in the works for Fall 2003 and is under development exclusively at BioWare Corp.

"Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide" offers role playing fans even more D&D features than the groundbreaking original. Additions include: new skills, including Tumble and Appraise; new feats, such as Divine Might, Great Cleave and Bullheaded; new weapons, such as Holy Water Flasks and Choking Powder; five new prestige classes, including the Blackguard, Shadowdancer, and Assassin; new monsters from the D&D universe, including the Pit Fiend, Cockatrice, Sphinx and Manticore; and over fifty new spells.

In addition, the expansion pack equips module makers with additional content for the "Neverwinter Nights Aurora Toolset," the groundbreaking software included with the full game that allows players to create their own universes, quests and storylines. The toolset will be augmented with all new tile sets for creation of new environments as well as new "Wizards," or automated guides, to help gamers build and play adventures of their own creation.

"Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide" is now available at retail stores nationwide with an estimated retail price of $29.95 and an ESRB rating of "T" for Teen. Additional information about "Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide" can be found online at the BioWare website, which features message boards, wallpapers, screenshots, game play information and much more.

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