Neverwinter™ Open Beta Dated

                         Neverwinter™ Open Beta Dated

Neverwinter MMORPG Opens to All April 30, 2013; Beta Weekend 4 Added to Thank
Committed Founders

PR Newswire

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 4, 2013

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Perfect World
Entertainment Inc. and Cryptic Studios are pleased to announce that on April
30, 2013, the free-to-play action MMORPG Dungeons & Dragons® Neverwinter is
heading into Open Beta, allowing millions of players unrestricted access to
the game world.

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"The direct response and support from the Neverwinter community during our
Closed Beta Weekends have pushed us to make Neverwinter the best free-to-play
MMORPG anyone has yet seen," said Cryptic Studios Executive Producer and COO,
Craig Zinkievich. "On April 30, we go into Open Beta. That's when the world
we've labored for years to build comes to life -- that's when every gamer can
login and play what we've worked so hard to create. We could not be more

Recent winner of's Most Anticipated Award at PAX East 2013, and
recipient of dozens of other awards and much critical acclaim, Neverwinter is
Cryptic and Perfect World's proof that Western free-to-play games, when built
from the ground up, can compete with even the biggest boxed subscription
titles. On April 30, the companies invite all gamers to put that claim to the
test. There will be no character wipes or restricted access after the start of
Open Beta.

As an added thank you to the committed Founders who have helped make
Neverwinter possible, beginning 12:00 p.m. (PDT) on Friday, April 12, Founders
will get the first opportunity to experience Neverwinter's professions system
as part of a newly added 60-hour Beta Weekend 4. Founding members may
simultaneously pursue four different professions: Leadership, Mailsmithing,
Platesmithing and Leatherworking.

"We've never been in a better place launching a game," said Jack Emmert, CEO,
Cryptic Studios. "While the entire team is focused on launching Neverwinter's
Open Beta on April 30, we still wanted to thank those committed Founders who
stuck with us. Since the beginning of Neverwinter's Beta Weekends, our
Founders have shown us that Neverwinter offers engaging game mechanics, unique
features and a gameplay experience that is parallel to subscription or paid
games. They have become our biggest supporters and we wanted to give them Beta
Weekend 4 as a token of our appreciation."

Players can still become Founders through Neverwinter's Founder's Pack
Program. Benefits include exclusive access to Beta Weekend 4, permanent
in-game items that are unique to Founders, early access to Open Beta, and VIP

To take advantage of these benefits and to gain exclusive access to
Neverwinter's Beta Weekend 4, players may visit:

To download and view the brand new "What is Neverwinter?"  trailer and
screenshots in anticipation of the imminent Open Beta launch on April 30,
please visit:


Perfect World Entertainment is a leading North American online games publisher
specializing in immersive free-to-play MMORPGs. Founded in 2008, Perfect World
Entertainment has published 10 popular titles, including Blacklight
Retribution, Forsaken World, Perfect World International  and Star Trek
Online. The company works closely with its American development teams and
partners such as Cryptic Studios, developer of the highly anticipated MMORPG
Dungeons & Dragons Neverwinter, and Runic Games, developer of the hit
Torchlight series, to provide unparalleled quality of service and game
experiences to its players.A subsidiary of Perfect World Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ:
PWRD), Perfect World Entertainment is headquartered in Silicon Valley,
California. For more information, please visit:


Cryptic Studios, Inc. is a leading developer of online games committed to
delivering the next level of gameplay. Cryptic Studios, Inc. develops AAA
titles for PC and is rapidly diversifying its portfolio of games to expand
beyond the traditional MMORPG genre. In addition to its successfully launched
"Champions Online: Free for All"  and "Star Trek Online", Cryptic Studios,
Inc. is now developing "Dungeons & Dragons: Neverwinter"  and other
unannounced projects. Cryptic Studios, Inc., a subsidiary of Perfect World
Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: PWRD), is located in Los Gatos, CA.

Dungeons & Dragons, Neverwinter, their respective logos, Forgotten Realms, and
all character names are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast LLC in the U.S.A.
and other countries. All rights reserved.

Related Links:
Neverwinter Official Website
Become a Neverwinter Founder Today!

Christine Yeo
Perfect World Entertainment, Inc.
(650) 590-7732

SOURCE Perfect World Entertainment

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