The Bard’s Tale, the legendary fantasy cRPG from thirty years ago, is being reimagined in an exciting sequel from Brian Fargo, the game’s original creator, and inXile Entertainment. The Bard’s Tale IV will feature maze-like, puzzle-filled dungeons and plenty of phase-based combat. Want to learn more? Gamepedia is proud to present the Official The Bard’s Tale Wiki, a growing resource for learning more about the upcoming game.
Known for their phenomenal Kickstarter campaigns, inXile Entertainment successfully raised over $1.5m for The Bard’s Tale IV in June, promising fans of the classic trilogy a long-waited return to Skara Brae. These funds, in addition to the $1.25m from inXile, will help create a game filled with Gaelic music, rich exploration, and dangerous dungeon encounters. The Bard’s Tale IV is being built using Unreal Engine 4 and will be available for PC, Mac, and Linux users. Additional features include:
- Dynamic, phase-based combat - While commanding up to six adventurers, you'll select active party members in any order to fill up available grid slots on the combat field. A major goal of the game is to ensure that larger battles require you to constantly evolve and react to the fight around you. The combat will be quick, and the enemies will be unpredictable.
- Ever-changing game narrative – Your party’s make-up impacts the game’s quest structure and how the world’s citizens respond to you. You can customize your party to suit your unique playing style.
- Non-linear levels – The Bard’s Tale IV isn’t a one-way street. You’ll find yourself turning around, developing new skills, and returning to obstacles you were previously unable to conquer.
- Discovery beyond the environment – The world around you is full of secrets, but the mysteries also span to items you encounter. For instance, having a closer look at a dagger you’ve acquired might reveal a hidden compartment with dangerous poison, granting you extra damage with each attack.
Excited to see more? You can watch in-engine footage of the game on inXile's YouTube Channel. Below, learn about some of the inspiration behind The Bard's Tale IV and take a glance at some of the art that's been created for the upcoming title.
If you’d like to be a part of the game’s creation, there’s still a chance to pledge money on the official website. You can also follow The Bard’s Tale IV on Facebook and Twitter to receive the latest game news and updates.
To learn more about the upcoming sequel or to share your own Bard’s Tale knowledge, head on over to the Official The Bard’s Tale Wiki. Wikis are community-driven projects, so it’s dedicated fans and gamers that will help to expand this new resource.