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Neverwinter

Developer Blog: The Maze Engine Campaign

By Andy (StrumSlinger)
Fri 12 Feb 2016 10:27:00 AM PST

Hi everyone! Sean "Commander Ander" McCann here to talk to you about the Maze Engine campaign, featured in Neverwinter: The Maze Engine. Adventurers can begin the campaign at level 60, and its difficulty and rewards will scale up to level 70. The Maze Engine campaign has a mix of directed story quests and repeatable quests that all help to tell the story of the expansion.

The creation of the Maze Engine story started with a "what if?" brainstorm session. D&D has many memorable characters that have their own separate stories, rarely crossing paths with one another. What if we could bring some of those characters together into one story? How would Drizzt react to Minsc still being alive? Linu La'neral to Celeste? Guenhwyvar to Boo?

From there, our next goal was to iterate on the experience with R.A. Salvatore's quest series featured in Neverwinter: Underdark. We wanted to create a campaign that would help players track their overall progress in the story, while also acting as an easy way to view some of the rewards that would be available throughout the storyline.

In the Maze Engine campaign, we want to make players feel like they're a part of the larger world by interacting with signature characters from Neverwinter and the D&D universe itself. Players will fight side by side with iconic characters in our directed story quests and will be aided by one of several allies in the repeatable quests. Sergeant Knox may show up to help you with issues in Neverwinter one day, and the next it may be Makos or Celeste.

 The campaign will offer new boons for players to earn, and the experience rewarded will help players with the experience of leveling from 60 to 70. There are many more rewards that will be given out, but we'll let you all see them when they're live!

We're all very excited for adventurers to get in and experience the story of the Maze Engine campaign. The opportunity to feature several notable D&D characters within one signature story was a ton of fun for us to make, and we're sure it will be a lot of fun to play. Keep an eye out for more achievements in the Maze Engine campaign - there will be plenty of them!

Stay tuned for more news on Neverwinter: The Maze Engine and keep an eye out for when we'll be releasing it to our Preview shard!

Sean “Commander Ander” McCann

Staff Content Designer

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