The Bard’s Tale IV, the next big cRPG project from inXile Entertainment, is launching a Kickstarter campaign on June 2nd in celebration of the series’ 30th anniversary! Players will get a chance to journey back to Skara Brae for a true dungeon-crawling sequel to the iconic The Bard’s Tale trilogy, a series that helped define the cRPG genre. Take a swing at the challenging riddles, devious puzzles, and labyrinthine dungeons, all created in the same first-person dungeon crawler style of the original games. And have no fear, inXile has secured full rights to the content of the original trilogy, meaning that The Bard’s Tale IV will be rife with callbacks and fan favorites, including magic mouths and teleporter zones.
Along the way, match wits and might against a host of vicious brigands, hostile creatures, and horrifying monsters. The challenge just keeps growing, as The Bard’s Tale IV will feature a “dynamic phase based combat system.” What exactly does that mean? Well, it maintains the use of complex decision making opportunities from traditional phase based combat, but combines it with an ever-evolving enemy strategy and aggressive pacing to keep you on your toes. Be ready for a challenge.
With the Bard at the lead, the game will feature a strong emphasis on music and sound design. Both inspired by and featuring Gaelic musicians, The Bard’s Tale IV takes its cues from Scottish culture in the soundtrack and lyrics departments. The goal is for this to enhance the existing setting from the original trilogy, giving new and returning players alike something to appreciate. Although with the power of the Unreal 4 engine behind the development, it won’t just be your ears you use to appreciate this game. inXile even has plans to use photogrammetry to create in-game 3D objects from photos of architecture taken in right in Scotland.
This may sound ambitious for a game that hasn’t even officially launched its Kickstarter campaign, but inXile has reason to be confident. Last year, the studio launched the much-loved Wastelands 2, made out to be a fitting successor to Fallout 1 and 2 by fans. They’re also currently in development for Torment: Tides of Numenera, which has crowdfunded nearly five million dollars thanks to a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign and ongoing contributions. With a history of top-notch quality and droves of crowdfunding support, inXile is sure to deliver another success.
Check out inXile’s official website for more info on their projects, including Wastelands 2 and Torment: Tides of Numenera. Or head over to The Bard’s Tale IV to watch the countdown to Kickstarter. Want to prepare for the new sequel? Then grab the original trilogy over on Steam for less than $10.