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The Bard's Tale IV

2 months ago

The Bard’s Tale IV polished and expanded in new Director’s Cut

Our former John (RPS in peace) declared The Bard's Tale IV to be "a shoddy old mess burying some nice ideas" after it launched in September 2018. Faint praise indeed for InXile Entertainment's revival of the fantasy RPG series. Just under one year later, InXile have relaunched the game as a "Director's Cut" with a big load of bug fixes, tweaks, new places to plunder,…

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3 months ago

The Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut tries to puzzle it out again on August 27th

Whatever your feelings on The Bard's Tale IV: Barrow's Deep (and opinions were all over the place), you can't deny that InXile's puzzle-heavy RPG could have used a couple more months in the oven. Probably for the best, then, that they're relaunching it next month. Due on August 27th (and as a free upgrade to anyone with the original release), the Director's Cut was once…

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11 months ago

The Bard’s Tale IV adds free saving, old-school grid movement, old heroes and more

Whether you appreciated its fresh approach or loathed the concepts behind The Bard's Tale 4, it's hard to deny that the revival of the ancient RPG series needed a few more months in the oven. Today's big ol' patch, which developers inXile are calling the Second Sight Update, smooths over some of the bigger cracks in its pseudo-old-school facade. For the good of everyone, you…

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1 year 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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3 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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4 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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5 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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