Neverwinter is an upcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing game in development by Cryptic Studios for the Microsoft Windows platform and is currently scheduled for a "late" 2012 release. Based in the fictional Dungeons & Dragons city of Neverwinter, the game was originally scheduled to be released as a crossmedia event coinciding with the release of an upcoming trilogy of books by fantasy author R.A. Salvatore as well as an upcoming tabletop game from Wizards of the Coast. Neverwinter was announced on August 23, 2010. Neverwinter is a standalone game and not part of the previous Neverwinter Nights series. Turbine, the developers of Dungeons & Dragons Online sued Atari for not promoting the online game's free-to-play launch. The reason was that Turbine believed that Atari was under-promoting the game in order to promote their own internally developed Dungeons & Dragons MMO therefore they wanted the publishing rights to themselves in order to promote it.
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