'Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition' for Nintendo Switch Includes Crossplay and PC Dungeon Masters

The Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition coming to Nintendo Switch will enable players to join a Dungeons & Dragons campaign with Xbox, mobile and PC players.

Originally released in 2002, Neverwinter Nights is based on the Dungeons & Dragons third edition rules, which introduced the d20 system of 20-sided dice rolls and modifiers that has become widely associated with the tabletop roleplaying series. While Neverwinter Nights includes a 60-hour campaign, in which you'll defeat a powerful cult and repel an attack on the city of Neverwinter, the game was also designed to be an expansive toolkit for creating custom D&D adventures, or modules.

The flourishing module scene for Neverwinter Nights included combat-focused arenas, online hangouts where adventurers could gather, custom campaigns and even D&D sex dungeons. The Enhanced Edition coming to the Nintendo Switch will include expansion packs and premium modules, including Shadows of Undrentide, Hordes of the Undark and Kingmaker.

"Neverwinter Nights" beat the Night King to ice dragons. Beamdog / BioWare

The Nintendo Switch edition of Neverwinter Nights looks to preserve many of the game's defining multiplayer features. "Players will be able to play multiplayer with any module and we plan to offer access to most persistent world servers," a representative for publisher Skybound Games confirmed to Newsweek. "Curated mods will be available to download and install as well. PCs will also be able to host Xbox, Switch, and mobile using DM tools."

It sounds as if Switch players will have access to select mods created by the PC community, but not the complex customization tools used to build their own. While crossplay between PC and Switch players will be included, only the PC side will have access to the Dungeon Master Client, which allows a single host to guide players through a module, control the world and hop into NPCs, similar to how a Dungeon Master operates in a tabletop D&D session.

While the Nintendo Switch edition of Neverwinter Nights may not be the best choice for prospective DMs, the console's portability could make it the perfect edition for player characters. With a Dungeon Master on PC and an assembled party on Switch handhelds, it's easy to see how the Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition could be used to recreate a reasonable facsimile of the D&D tabletop experience.

Classic "Dungeons & Dragons" RPGs are comng to the Nintendo Switch in three different bundles. Skybound Games

More information on the Neverwinter Nights multiplayer options for Switch will be announced closer to the game's release date. The Nintendo Switch edition of Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition will be out December 3, with multiplayer support at launch.