Cryptic Studios yesterday announced the bard class that’s coming in Neverwinter‘s next update, which arrives on PC June 8 and on consoles July 6. There wasn’t much information beyond a brief video and paragraph’s description, but today we got more info on the new class and the content that players will be enjoying starting next week.
Bards can specialize into one of two Paragon paths, songblade or minstrel, and their versatility gives them “one of the largest selection of spells and playstyles Neverwinter has to offer.” Songblades are masterful duelists and damage-dealers, while minstrels fill the typical bard-like role, buffing and healing the party and using “psychic attack spells and illusions” in battle. You can learn more about the bard class in the dev diary on the Neverwinter site.
The update as a whole is called Episode 3: The Odious Court, and it’s the final chapter in the Sharandar storyline. Adventurers will travel to the Dark Fey Mire to confront the hag Velma the Bonegrinder and her sisters. The update also includes an “epic battle against a coven of menacing hags,” as well as new bounties and new heroic encounters.
Another notable change that’s coming to the game is a revision of character levels. The max level in the game will be “squished” down to 20, which will help the game “to connect better with D&D” and put more emphasis on item level than on character level. If you were in the process of leveling, you’ll be set to 20 and receive a gear pack to set you up for endgame content. More details on this shift can be found in a blog on the Neverwinter site.