- Journey to the Forgotten Realms- Experience the classic fantasy and adventure of D&D's most imaginative and renowned setting. Arrive in the village of Eveningstar and adventure through the surrounding King's Forest wilderness area where the citizens of the nation of Cormyr must unite to face a new threat to the Realms.
- Brave the caverns of the Underdark- Come face to face with the Underdark Drow and Lolth, their Queen and goddess, as you explore this vast and twisted, subterranean world. Infiltrate the Drow stronghold of Shindylryn - the city of portals - where Lolth's forces work to further her schemes.
- Attain Epic levels to 25! Forge your Epic Destiny and create a unique Epic hero with powerful character customization options as you advance beyond level 20 to epic level 25.
- Play the Druid Class- Play as the all new shape-shifting Druid class! Wield nature's magic or transform into a powerful animal form with this classic D&D class.
It is probably not a coincidence that this expansion comes around the same time (summer 2012) as Wizard's next Forgotten Realms sourcebook Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue (a book, I might add, which has been said to bring Eilistraee back, though that's probably unrelated to the expansion).
It is surprising however. Dungeons & Dragons Online is set in Eberron. Reportedly DDO's next update will begin the story of how the two settings are connected.
I've played a bit of DDO when it was still a subscription game, but decided not to get it. In part the setting isn't much to my liking (or at least what's been presented in the game wasn't), in part because I didn't feel that it was good enough to justify the monthly fee, and in part it just didn't click for me. But since it's gone free-to-play I've heard that it's supposed to be quite good. Being the first major game to switch from subscriptions to a free-to-play model (or to be more precise a model that offers both subscriptions and free-to-play) it's often considered to be a template for how to correctly do a free-to-play game. And yes, it includes drow as a player race, but you will have to buy the race in the store or unlock it ingame with another character.
Perhaps it is time to give Dungeons & Dragons Online another try... if I didn't already have a load of other games (read Star Wars: The Old Republic) to play and with more excellent looking games (read Guild Wars 2) coming.
And perhaps I should really start using the news section more again.
[EDIT] The gaming news site Rock, Paper, Shotgun has a short interview with Fernando Paiz, Executive Producer for DDO and Adam Mersky, Communications Director for Turbine.
P.s. Yes I know that it's "Faerûn" and not "Faerun", but the rss feed didn't like the special character.