On the 24th of January, GOG finally made it possible again for people to buy Neverwinter Nights 2
without having to also buy other games. A short time after the lawsuit between Hasbro/Wizards of the Coast and Atari over their handling of the D&D license, Atari lost the rights to publish D&D-based games, and all online stores removed Neverwinter Nights 2 from their catalogues.
In the months that followed, NWN2 eventually showed up again, but only in bundles, such as D&D Neverwinter Nights Complete
, which bundles both NWN1 and NWN2 together with their expansions, or the D&D Ultimate Pack
, which bundles both of those, but also all of the Infinity Engine games and the Temple of Elemental Evil. For those who may already have those other games, or may not want to buy them, it wasn't the best situation.
GOG's new Neverwinter Nights 2: Complete
includes the original game, plus Mask of the Betrayer, Storm of Zehir, and the formerly elusive Mysteries of Westgate -- the latter of which was the victim of a year and a half's worth of delays and red tape on the publishing end, which ensured the end of official expansions and adventure packs for this game. That sad story with all of its sordid details can be found elsewhere.
GOG's release is good news for fans of the game, and for modders and persistent worlds, as it ensures new players can continue to discover and enjoy their work with a minimal investment.