E3 2011: D&D Neverwinter Launches Site, First Trailer, New Screenshots

One of the most nostalgic cities from Dungeons and Dragons of years past will come alive again soon with the release of Neverwinter later this year. Today, the game’s official website launched alongside a teaser trailer with the first look at the game.

Fans who have been following this game should be undoubtedly relieved to see plans continuing forward. The co-op RPG was developed by Cryptic Studios — but the future of that company was unshaky over the past few weeks when they were labeled as “discontinued” by backers at Atari. As of last week, Perfect World Company acquired Cryptic, along with all its properties, including Neverwinter. And it seems that under this new footing, Cryptic is plowing forward with the continued development and marketing of the game.

Here’s a little bit about the game from the official site:

One hundred years have passed since the Spellplague forever changed the magical and mysterious lands of Faerûn. Mighty empires fell and great cities toppled, leaving only monster-haunted ruins and survivors struggling to rebuild.

The city of Neverwinter, the Jewel of the North, seemed blessed by the gods. While the rest of the Sword Coast was devastated by the event, Neverwinter survived largely intact. But this was only a temporary reprieve from its inevitable doom. Nearly 75 years later, a volcanic eruption rained fire, ash and molten fury upon the city, annihilating everything in its wake.

Today, Neverwinter has restored much of its former glory. The survivors are rebuilding their fallen city and reclaiming their heritage. Humans, dwarves and elves work together to create a new Neverwinter. But evil forces conspire in the dark places of the world, seeking to undermine all…

Sounds promising, now lets see if they can awe us with their first teaser trailer. Click through to watch, and also make sure to check out the official site for a gallery of the first screenshots from the game.