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Second Free Expansion to Popular Action MMORPG Introduces Hunter Ranger Class and Dread Ring Zone

(Redwood City, CA) November 21, 2013 -- Perfect World Entertainment, Inc. and Cryptic Studios are pleased to announce that the widely-praised free action MMORPG Neverwinter, set in the Dungeons & Dragons® Forgotten Realms® universe from Wizards of the Coast, will launch Shadowmatle, its second expansion, on December 5, 2013. This free content update introduces the Hunter Ranger as a new character class, and an entirely new zone, the Dread Ring, an ashen field buried deep within the Neverwinter Woods.
“We’re incredibly excited to share the release date of Shadowmantle - our second free expansion”, said Cryptic Studios Executive Producer and COO, Craig Zinkievich. “With Neverwinter, our plan has always been to release massive regular updates that provide new unique online experiences with exciting new content for players to explore.”
Shadowmantle continues to fuel excitement and great adventures for D&D fans.  Supporting great storytelling through our digital partners continues to be a priority for the brand and this latest module delivers on that promise,” said Nathan Stewart, Brand Director for D&D at Wizards of the Coast. 
Shadowmantle, the second Module for Neverwinter, is a free content expansion in which players tackle the Dread Ring campaign. Within the Dread Ring is a massive structure built for ritual magic. Players explore the surroundings of this broken but still powerful structure and fight Valindra Shadowmantle's army, including an epic battle with the lich herself. In addition to the Hunter Ranger class and new playable content, Shadowmantle features new systems including Artifacts and Collections, and new Paragon Paths for the original classes.
Neverwinter is an action MMORPG that features fast-paced combat and epic dungeons. Players explore the vast city of Neverwinter and its surrounding countryside, learning the vivid history of the iconic city and battling its many enemies. In Neverwinter, players can create their own quests and campaigns with the Foundry, a powerful content creation tool that allows players to seamlessly integrate their adventures in to the live game world.
For more information about Neverwinter Shadowmantle, and to begin playing now for free, please visit the official website:
Also check out the latest Neverwinter video, “Neverwinter Cosplay – From Beauty to Beast”:
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