Here are some initial thoughts on what I have read and seen. It seems that in NW the group size will be at 5 players (ok, we can adjust) however there are no plans currently for any raid style of play per the developers. The game in and of itself seems to cater more to the younger crowd with the Diablo or WoW looting system ( I predict a lot of grief here). With limited and more structured classes the character customization we have all become used to is taking a major hit for a D&D themed game.
Now don't get me wrong there are some nice things about NW and the fact that it is solely based in The Forgotten Realms is huge to most D&D fans. Turbine really missed the mark when they decided to go with Eberron.
- For good or ill, many of the Neverwinter community’s biggest pre-beta questions were answered. We know, for instance, that the game will ‘ship’ with only five classes: The Greatsword Fighter, the Guardian Fighter, the Dedicated Cleric, the Trickster Rogue and the Control Wizard.
NW Beta Look (about 57 minutes)