REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Perfect World Entertainment, Inc. and Cryptic Studios are pleased to announce that the widely-praised free-to-play action MMORPG Neverwinter, set in the Dungeons & Dragons® Forgotten Realms® universe from Wizards of the Coast, will launch Shadowmantle, its second expansion, on December 5, 2013. This free content update introduces the Hunter Ranger as a new character class, and an entirely new zone, The Dread Ring, buried deep in Neverwinter Wood. "We're incredibly excited to share the release date of Shadowmantle - our second free expansion," said Cryptic Studios Executive Producer and COO, Craig Zinkievich. "With Neverwinter, our plan has always been to release massive regular updates that provide new unique online experiences with exciting new content for players to explore." " Shadowmantle continues to fuel excitement and great adventures for D&D fans. Supporting great storytelling through our digital partners continues to be a priority for the brand and this latest module delivers on that promise," said Nathan Stewart, Brand Director for D&D at Wizards of the Coast. Shadowmantle, the second Module for Neverwinter, is a free content expansion in which players tackle the Dread Ring campaign. Deep within the Neverwinter Wood lays the Dread Ring, a massive structure built for ritual magic. Players explore this broken but still powerful region and fight Valindra Shadowmantle's army, including an epic battle with the lich herself. In addition to the Hunter Ranger class and new playable content, Shadowmantle features new collections, artifacts, and Paragon Paths for the original classes. Neverwinter is an action MMORPG that features fast-paced combat and epic dungeons. Players explore the vast city of Neverwinter and its surrounding countryside, learning the vivid history of the iconic city and battling its many enemies. In Neverwinter, players can create their own quests and campaigns with the Foundry, a powerful content creation tool that allows players to seamlessly integrate their adventures in to the live game world. For more information about Neverwinter Shadowmantle, and to begin playing now for free, please visit the official website: http://www.PlayNeverwinter.com Also check out the latest Neverwinter video, "Neverwinter Cosplay – From Beauty to Beast": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvzdZ-wEW8oABOUT PERFECT WORLD ENTERTAINMENT INC.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 a number of popular titles, including Blacklight Retribution, Forsaken World, Perfect World Internationaland Star Trek Online. The company works closely with its American development teams and partners such as Cryptic Studios, developer of the highly acclaimed MMORPG Dungeons & DragonsNeverwinter, 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: www.perfectworld.comABOUT CRYPTIC STUDIOS, INC.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. Its successfully launched titles include "Champions Online: Free for All," "Star Trek Online" and "Dungeons & Dragons: Neverwinter." Cryptic Studios, Inc., a subsidiary of Perfect World Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: PWRD), is located in Los Gatos, CA.ABOUT WIZARDS OF THE COASTWizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), is the leader in entertaining the lifestyle gamer. Wizards' players and fans are members of a global community bound together by their love of both digital gaming and in-person play. The company brings to market a range of gaming experiences under powerful brand names such as MAGIC: THE GATHERING, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, and KAIJUDO. Wizards is also a publisher of fantasy series fiction with numerous New York Times best-sellers. For more information about our world renowned brands, visit the Wizards of the Coast Web site at www.wizards.com. Dungeons & Dragons, Neverwinter, their respective logos, Forgotten Realms, Fury of the Feywild, Magic: The Gathering, and all character names are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast LLC in the U.S.A. and other countries. All rights reserved. Kaijudo is a trademark of Wizards of the Coast/Shogakukan/Mitsui-Kids. CONTACT:Derick ThomasPerfect World Entertainment, Inc.(925) 487-3796 firstname.lastname@example.org SOURCE Perfect World Entertainment Inc.