(Source) Back in May this year, Perfect World officially began the process of buying over Cryptic Studios (link), developer of titles including Champions Online and City of Heroes/ Villain. The new owners subsequently announced a delay for Neverwinter (link), which was then in development but apparently ready to be shown to the world at E3.
According to a new article by IGN, Neverwinter is now being redeveloped as a “full-fledge” MMO, with the combat system tweaked and almost similar to Nexon’s Vindictus. It seems Perfect World is going all out on the action MMO genre, with the recent release of Rusty Hearts and the upcoming RaiderZ.
And not to forget, Perfect World is headquartered in China, where the action genre is raging since the release of Dragon Nest. The company is definitely having one eye on the Asian market for Neverwinter. Will fans of the Dungeon & Dragons games be pleased about this? The game is scheduled to be released at the end of 2012.