Storm of Zehir, the second expansion to Neverwinter Nights 2, isn't in stores yet but that doesn't keep Obsidian Entertainment from looking to the horizon. In a recent interview, SoZ lead designer Tony Evans explained what form Neverwinter Nights 3 might take.

At the end of an interview with Gamespot, Evans was asked about Obsidian's plans for a third installment. "We're particularly eager to delve into the new 4.0 rules for Dungeons and Dragons, which includes a lot of exciting changes for the Forgotten Realms," Evans said. "As people may have read in the 4.0 Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide, Neverwinter was destroyed in the Spellplague. I think a Neverwinter Nights 3 where you explore the ruins of the city, or help to rebuild it, could be an awesome sandbox to play in."

Reconstructing Neverwinter would be pretty awesome, yeah. The highlight of Neverwinter Nights 2 was attaining a keep and serving as a Lord. While the Neverwinter Nights, Baldur's Gate, and Icewind Dale games eventually gave players a chance to wield epic spells and weapons, there haven't been many instances where characters earned actual leadership positions or political power. Obsidian is exploring the possibilities of player leadership in Zehir by letting players manage their own trading company.

Of course, any simulation or strategy feature in these games would be subordinated to dungeon-crawling and adventuring - that's the heart of D&D, after all. Still, overseeing the reconstruction of an entire city could add some interesting new gameplay dimensions to the usual formula. It's reason enough to look forward to Neverwinter Nights 3 or whatever Obsidian names their next D&D game.

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