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Neverwinter leaves open beta, conjures launch trailer, teases future updates

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In the past, a launch was a pretty big deal - marking the moment you could finally play a game. Now, they're kind of arbitrary. Free to play MMORPG Neverwinter has been in open beta since the end of April, giving you a couple of months to try the game. Really, this 'launch' is more notable as a big patch, adding a selection of new features to something already released. That, and it's an excuse for a trailer.

The launch patch brings the expected balance changes, but also some more significant content additions. The new Alchemy profession lets you brew potions and elixers, while the introduction of “Gauntlgrym” brings end-game PvP and PvE. Oh look, there's a trailer for that too.

Beyond the launch, Cryptic aren't being... well, cryptic about future update plans. This “Summer” will see the release of Fury of the Feywild ; the game's first free “module”. It will add a new zone and dungeon, along with two professions, a “companion upgrade”, and “meta-quest”. This time, there is no trailer. Yet.

To see the full patch notes for Neverwinter's release head here .

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.