Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios have released a new trailer for the next Neverwinter expansion, Jewel Of The North. We have an introduction to it from the devs below before you check out the trailer at the bottom, narrated by Brand Manager, Michael Clark. But the shorthand is that they show the improvements that will be coming to the game for everyone to enjoy, both for old and new players, as well as a brief glimpse into the new Bard class being added to the game and how everyone can dive into making this new character class work. The content will be released on July 27th for PC, while console players will have to wait until the Fall to play it.
Neverwinter: Jewel of the North will introduce the new stylish Bard class, based on the popular Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition class. Players who choose the Bard class become daring heroes who possess the ability to weave magic into their swords, use music to inspire allies, manipulate minds, and even heal wounds. With the ability to select one of two unique Paragon Paths — the swashbuckling, close-ranged damage dealing Songblade path, or the master musician, ranged-casting Minstrel — players will find that the new class offers an arsenal of unique abilities that are based on the power of music.
Along with the new class, Neverwinter: Jewel of the North will be one of the first modules since the action's MMORPG's launch eight years ago in June 2013 to greatly improve the ways in which players can access and enjoy all of the content in Neverwinter. One of the major changes is the new streamlined leveling system which follows the beloved system found in Dungeons & Dragons, as the max level cap in Neverwinter will be changed from level 80 to level 20. With this change, new and returning players are able to reach epic-level content much faster (in approximately 10-12 hours) — while veteran players will be able to have the option to quickly level up their alternate characters, and have even more players to party up with to take on challenging quests. Players mid-way through leveling will be boosted to level 20, and for those who currently have max level characters, all of their stats and item power levels will remain the same; the only change is their character level will now be set to 20. All existing players are eligible for a new gear pack which can be claimed via the Rewards Claim Agent. In addition to the new leveling system, Neverwinter: Jewel of the North will bring additional quality-of-life changes, such as early game performance improvements, a revamp of in-game tutorials and a new Adventures system.