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The Bard's Tale IV

1 week ago

Return to some well-worn dungeons in The Bard’s Tale Trilogy next week

As exciting as inXile's upcoming The Bard's Tale 4 looks, it's heartening to see that the studio hasn't forgotten the roots of the series. Preempting the release of their modern sequel, they're rolling out remastered versions of Interplay's original three DOS-era dungeon crawlers. Redrawn, re-animated and given more room to breathe in a slightly more modern, high-resolution UI, the remastered The Bard's Tale Trilogy will…

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1 month ago

Feature: Hands on with the backer beta

The Bard’s Tale IV is a rough but compelling take on first-person puzzle-dungeons

I'll be frank: The Bard's Tale IV looks like what I'd expect to see if I found a DVD-ROM from 2005 with 'Legend of Fantasy: Mages & Goblins' scrawled on it. My every instinct, after the first few minutes with it, was to run screaming from its Bratz doll faces and onslaught of fol-de-rol. Books, covers and all that, though: underneath its soupy presentation, the first few hours…

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2 years ago

inXile show off combat in The Bard’s Tale 4

Torment: Tides of Numenera is almost upon us (February 28th) but let's not forget the crowdfunded retromancers at inXile Entertainment have another game on the go. A new video shows progress on The Bard's Tale 4, inXile's revival of the old fantasy RPG series, including a bit of wandering and a first peek at its combat in action. Point your peepers this-a-way:

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Feature: It's gonna be a good year

The PC games of 2017 mega-preview

As Old Father Time grabs his sickle and prepares to take ailing 2016 around the back of the barn for a big sleep, we're looking to the future. The mewling pup that goes by the name 2017 will come into the world soon and we must prepare ourselves for its arrival. Here at RPS, our preparations come in the form of this enormous preview feature,…

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Feature: What to look forward to next year

The RPGs of 2017

So... 2016. (FX: 'Urrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh....') It's not been the greatest of years, from just about every celebrity you might have loved deciding to peg it, to America electing the Curious Orange. As far as RPGs go, it's also been fairly quiet, thanks to lots of stuff deciding to stay in the oven for a few more months. That's not to say we've had nothing, not least…

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Feature: "It was like a referendum on my history"

Interview: Brian Fargo On Torment, Crowdfunding, The Future Of InXile And The Emotional Appeal Of RPGs

At Gamescom, after a whirlwind tour of just a few of Torment: Tides of Numenera's [official site] many worlds, I sat down with inXile CEO Brian Fargo to talk about the past, present and future of his company, and of RPGs. As well as discussing Torment, I wanted to talk about Fargo's career as a whole, which spans 34 years, and covers the creation of…

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3 years ago

Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites: The Bard’s Tale IV Trailer

inXile Entertainment are seemingly transitioning to being a crowdfunding-only studio, freeing themselves of publishers by leaning on fans and admirers. They've picked a trick or two up from their years with publishers, though. Such as: never release a trailer alongside your big announcement; save it for a few days later to score a second surge of interest. So here's the first "in engine" trailer for…

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Singing For A Third Supper: Bard’s Tale IV Halfway Funded

I don't know. Iiiiiiiiiiii ddddddddddon't kkkkkkkkkknow. A Wasteland sequel seemed like a fantastic idea, given the divisive actiony direction Bethesda took Fallout in. A Planescape: Torment follow-up was absolutely giving literate roleplayers what they wanted (hopefully, anyway - that one's not out yet). Bard's Tale, though? I know it's a landmark cRPG, but it's not one I've heard many people crying out for a new…

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Feature: Tales of the Known

Epic Lute: Brian Fargo On Bringing Back The Bard’s Tale

Having successfully brought Wasteland back to life with the help of 61,920 of its closest friends, Brian Fargo and inXile Entertainment are turning their attentions to another classic RPG - The Bard's Tale [official site]. Forget the appalling comedy vacuum from a few years ago, this is The Actual Bard's Tale IV, both a return to and modernisation of dungeon crawling with a few new…

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4 years ago

Brian Fargo’s Eighties Disco: The Bard’s Tale IV

Brian Fargo and the inXile team's next project will be another revival of an Interplay oldie. Following the success of Wasteland 2, the studio is now turning its attention to The Bard's Tale, the fantasy dungeon crawling series last seen in 1988 (inXile's own exhaustingly unfunny parody is an official Bard's Tale game so let's ignore it). Fargo announced the game at PAX South, where…

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