Perfect World’s Free-To-Play MMO Neverwinter Introducing “Founder’s Packs”

Perfect World’s Free-To-Play MMO Neverwinter Introducing “Founder’s Packs”

First, the trend was free-to-play with paywalled content and performance modifying microtransactions. For the most part, that didn’t go over so well, so a transition was made to a fully playable game with cosmetic microtransactions. The subscription model of MMOs is disappearing, and with the rise of free-to-play, we have seen new modes of monetization. The most recent method is the Founder’s Pack. A Founder’s Pack offers players a bevy of bonuses, advance content, and exclusive items for a one-time fee, ranging from paltry to substantial. Today, Perfect World has announced a Founder’s Pack program for its upcoming free-to-play MMO, Neverwinter. You may have heard me say a thing or two about Neverwinter in the past…to make a long story short, I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it. I’m about to lose control, and I think I like it.

As you can see in the trailer above, a Founder’s Pack provides you with early beta access and enhanced gameplay. The Founder’s Pack presented is the Hero of the North pack, which is Neverwinter’s top of the line buy-in. Here’s a look at what the three currently offered Founder’s Packs include, and how much you can expect to shell out for them:

  • Neverwinter Starter Kit – $19.99 (valued at $49.00)
    • Adventurer’s Helper Pack – Contains six different types of in-game items
    • Small Bag of Holding – Provides twelve extra inventory slots
    • Amulet of Protection
  • Guardian of Neverwinter – $59.99 (valued at $149.00)
    • Guaranteed entry to all three Beta Weekends
    • Three-day head start access to Open Beta
    • Unique “Gold Moonstone Mask Regalia” head piece
    • Unique “Armored Horse” mount
    • Unique “Direwolf Companion”
    • In-game and forum “Founder” title
    • …and more
  • Hero of the North – $199.99 (valued at $549.00)
    • Guaranteed entry to all three Beta Weekends
    • VIP access to Moonstone Mask Tavern
    • Early access to The Foundry
    • Five-day head start access to Open Beta
    • Beta Weekend friend invite code
    • Exclusive access to “Menzoberranzan Renegade,” a drow playable race
    • Unique “Armored Spider” mount
    • Unique “Panther Companion”
    • In-game and forum “Founder” title
    • VIP game access to skip-the-line and get priority log-in access
    • …and more

Neverwinter has three up-coming beta weekends:

  • February 8-10
  • March 8-10
  • March 22-24

I hope to be able to provide more details on how each of these Founder’s Packs affect the gameplay experience soon, so keep your eyes open!

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