Perfect World Entertainment is prepared to open a portal to the Forgotten Realms next month with the first of three beta weekend events for its upcoming Dungeons & Dragons MMORPG, Neverwinter, and there's one sure way to get in — spending $US49.99 or $US199.99 on a Neverwinter Founder's Pack.
Set in one of the most popular Dungeons & Dragons settings, the line to get into Neverwinter's beta weekend events is sure to be incredibly long, and with only three of them scheduled for North America and Europe — February 8-10, March 8-10 and March 22-24 — the odds of getting a basic invite are slim.
Unless of course you partake in what is quickly becoming standard for free-to-play MMO games, the Founder's Pack Program. These special preorder programs give publishers a chance to get a little cash up front, rewarding players with special perks and in-game items in exchange for their hard-earned cash.
Neverwinter has three tiers of Founder's Packs for purchase. The first, priced at $US19.99 (valued at $US49), is more of a starter kit — players purchasing this tier are not guaranteed beta access. What they do get is this:
• ‘Adventurer's Helper Pack' containing six different types of in-game items • ‘Small Bag of Holding' for twelve extra inventory slots • ‘Amulet of Protection' item
Next up is the Guardian of Neverwinter Pack, which offers entry into all three beta weekends, a three day head start into the open beta, and $US149 worth of in-game items for $US59.99, including...
• Three-day head start access to Neverwinter Open Beta • Unique ‘Gold Moonstone Mask Regalia' head piece • Unique ‘Armored Horse' mount • Unique ‘Direwolf Companion' • In-game and forum ‘Founder' title
But wait, there's more!
Those hungry for some hot renegade Dark Elf action can shell out $US199.99 for the Hero of the North Founder's Pack. They'll score beta access, a five-day head start to the open beta, and the exclusive playable Menzoberranzan Renegade race, complete with special racial abilities, a tattoo, and a panther companion, just like a certain Drow ranger. All told it's $US549 worth of virtual stuff.
• Five-day head start access to Neverwinter Open Beta • Beta Weekend Friend Invite code • Exclusive access to ‘Menzoberranzan Renegade', a Drow playable race like the legendary ranger Drizzt Do'Urden, complete with unique racial abilities and tattoo • Unique ‘Armored Spider' mount • Unique ‘Panther Companion' • In-game and forum ‘Founder' title • VIP Game Access to skip-the-line and get priority log-in access
Players will be able to purchase Founder's Packs on the official Neverwinter web page starting tomorrow.
How much is playing a Dark Elf worth to you?