Neverwinter's next expansion returns to some of its first zones

Free-to-play MMO Neverwinter, which is set in the popular Dungeons & Dragons campaign world of the Forgotten Realms just like Baldur's Gate, is about to get a three-part expansion. It's called Sharandar, and it'll take players back to elfy woodland areas introduced in the original Neverwinter expansion, Fury of the Feywild, only "revamped and re-visualized".

Apparently Neverwinter Wood is being threatened, as "an unsettling darkness creeps across the Feywild and the age-old elven stronghold of Sharandar." From the trailer it like there's a hag up to no good, and various minions of Malabog the Fomorian King from Fury of the Feywild are still around.

The first part of the expansion is called The Iron Tooth, and it involves a quest to the Ruins of Malabog zone in search of a lost elven dignitary, and adds the New Sharandar social hub and Vault of Stars dungeon as well as some "epic rewards". It'll be out on February 9, with subsequent episodes The Soul Keeper and The Odious Court following at "a later date" and adding new features of their own.

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Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.