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Neverwinter Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

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The MMORPG Neverwinter is celebrating its fifth anniversary with the annual Protector’s Jubilee event on consoles and PC, from now until June 21.

Players who log in will notice decorations and confetti scattered throughout Neverwinter as Lord Dagult Neverember is planning the festivities for heroes in the form of discounts and events. This includes 40 percent everything in the Zen Market, with the exception of the new Ravenloft Hunter Expedition Pack, 15 percent off in the Wondrous Bazaar, as well as Zen Market updates.

  • Other discounts include
    Summer Charge Promo – Starts Thursday, June 14 at 7:30am PT (or after maintenance) on PC and 10am PT on Console. Ends Thursday, August 2 at 7am PT on PC and 10am PT on Console. Details can be found here.
    Bonus RP
    2x Influence
    2x Refining Stones

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To participate in the festivities, heroes need to visit the event podium where they will find the Old Mage Elminster. If the name sounds familiar to players, Elminster is one of the most powerful, and well known characters in the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting not created by author R.A. Salvatore. He can also be found as the main quest giver in Well of Dragons.

Players can use the festival coins and rewards they earn toward purchasing goodies from Elminster during the event. One of those items is “Elminster’s Lunchbox.”

For long-time Forgotten Realms players and fans, it’s cool to see the developers include Elminster in an anniversary event.  

Players will have the opportunity to participate in a few different quests, one being The Protector’s Speech.

The Speech is a skirmish available to any player level 6 or higher. The idea is to for players to defeat enemies in Protector’s Enclave. In most instances it will be enemies players, especially those at higher level, have already faced such as the Dead Rats from Blacklake District or the Many-Arrows orcs from the Tower District.  

During the skirmish, Neverember gives a speech to the citizens of Neverwinter, which lasts about 12 minutes, that contains details about Neverwinter’s lore prior to the game, most notably the cataclysm that destroyed a portion of the city and the aftermath. It’s a short, fun skirmish for players that yield rewards.

There are other quests heroes can complete such as finding a pin from a fallen Harper and escorting a foreign merchant through a zone. Like Elminster, finding a fallen Harper pin will be a fun, nostalgic trip for players who have been long time Forgotten Realms fans.

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In addition to the anniversary, Neverwinter announced its Summer Bonus Rewards Charge. From now until Aug. 14, heroes who charge Zen will receive points that can be used to purchase items from the rewards shop.

Below are the award tiers:

  • 1,000 Zen – Lockbox Key X4
  • 2,500 Zen – VIP 1 Month no rank
  • 5,000 Zen – Suratuck’s Red Dusted Axebeak
  • 7,500 Zen – 100 percent off any companion coupon
  • 10,000 – Epic Experience Booster
  • 20,000 Zen – Runic Bag of Holding, Coalescent Ward, Blueforged Rage Drake

More information about how players can obtain the rewards can be found by following the link.

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EA Still Focusing on Anthem

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The game is a colossal bust, mainly due to both BioWare and EA who botched everything after launch, but EA is still promising to focus on Anthem.

While the general concept and gameplay mechanics of Anthem was truly awesome, everything else was a dud thanks to the companies who failed their fans, in so many ways, so much.

“We brought together these two groups of players who were making this emotional value calculation on two different vectors,” EA CEO Andrew Wilson said, according to GameDaily. “One was traditional BioWare story-driven content, and the other was this action-adventure type content. About the 30 or 40 hour mark they really had to come together and start working in on the elder game. At that point everyone kind of went, ‘Oh, hang a minute.’ Now the calculation is off. It’s off because I’ve got a friend who sits in this other category of player.”

With Anthem seemingly dwindling away any interest, EA and BioWare seem committed to a long-term plan.

“IP lives for generations, and runs in these seven to ten year cycles” Wilson said.

“So, if I think about Anthem on a seven to ten-year cycle, it may not have had the start that many of us wanted, including our players. I feel like that team is really going to get there with something special and something great, because they’ve demonstrated that they can.”

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Borderlands 3 Story Is Going to Be Epic

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For fans eagerly awaiting the arrival of Borderlands 3, you’ll be happy to know that the game will have quite the grind associated with the main story.

Borderlands 3 creative director Paul Sage revealed that it will take over 30 hours to complete the story mode, making the game quite massive.

“I’d still say we were very ambitious,” Sage said, during an interview with GamesBeat.

“My tech team would say we were really ambitious sometimes. [laughs] There’s so much to the game. We go to these different worlds. The length of the game being 35 hours, if you just go through the main story — that’s not including doing too many side missions. I think there was a lot of ambition right at the beginning.”

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Bungie Overhauling Destiny’s Eververse

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Bungie is making some big changes to Destiny’s Eververse transaction marketplace store.

The store has already seen a number of changes with the arrival of Season of Opulence, but there are even more big changes come with this fall’s launch of Shadowkeep.

For example, armor bought from Eververse will no longer carry perks, with a revamp on the horizon. The armor is also being changed to Universal Ornaments which can be used with any piece of Legendary gear.

Bright Dust is also being overhauled, and will no longer be gathered from dismantling Eververse items.

There are a number of other changes coming, all of which are set to arrive on September 17th.

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