Warner Bros. Interactive and Wizards of the Coast have announced the first major expansion to the free-to-play MMO Dungeons & Dragons Online Unlimited. The new expansion, Menace of the Underdark, finally brings the popular Forgotten Realms setting to the MMO, as well adding the Druid class and raising the level cap to 25. The expansion also has players facing off against the evil Drow in the caverns of the Underdark.
“2011 was a year of growth for Dungeons & Dragons Online as we celebrated our fifth anniversary and completed a successful launch of the game in Europe,” Dungeons & Dragons Online executive producer Fernando Paiz stated. “2012 is going to be our biggest year yet with a wealth of new content throughout the year including the launch of our first expansion pack. We are very excited to expand into the Forgotten Realms setting with a whole new storyline, level cap increase and the new Druid class!”
The bullet-point feature list for the major expansion includes:
* Journey to the Forgotten Realms- Experience the classic fantasy and adventure of D&D’s most imaginative and renowned setting. Arrive in the village of Eveningstar and adventure through the surrounding King’s Forest wilderness area where the citizens of the nation of Cormyr must unite to face a new threat to the Realms.
* Brave the caverns of the Underdark- Come face to face with the Underdark Drow and Lolth, their Queen and goddess, as you explore this vast and twisted, subterranean world. Infiltrate the Drow stronghold of Shindylryn – the city of portals – where Lolth’s forces work to further her schemes.
* Attain Epic levels to 25! Forge your Epic Destiny and create a unique Epic hero with powerful character customization options as you advance beyond level 20 to epic level 25.
* Play the Druid Class- Play as the all new shape-shifting Druid class! Wield nature’s magic or transform into a powerful animal form with this classic D&D class.
Dungeons & Dragons Online launched in the 28th February, 2006 before going free-to-play on the 9th September, 2009.