The Bard's Tale 4 launching on Kickstarter on June 2nd

InXile Entertainment has announced The Bard's Tale 4 will be heading to Kickstarter on June 2.

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The Bard’s Tale 4 will be heading to Kickstarter on Monday, June 2nd, inXile Entertainment has announced this morning, which just so happens to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the original Bard’s Tale.

The Bard’s Tale 4 will feature challenging dungeons filled with puzzles and riddles to explore, all within the first-person dungeon crawler style from the original trilogy. The Unreal 4 engine will allow the new Bard’s Tale to make a large graphical leap forward as players will be immersed in a highly-detailed world as InXile plans to use photogrammetry to help create in-game 3D objects straight from photos of architecture taken directly from Scotland.

The Bard’s Tale 4 will use a dynamic phase-based combat system that will utilize the complex decision-making opportunities of traditional phase-based combat systems, but will have enemies evolving their strategy. Music and sound design will have a strong focus and will be inspired by Gaelic musicians.

Those interested in keeping tabs on The Bard’s Tale IV can do so by visiting its official website.

InXile Entertainment has some big ideas for The Bard's Tale 4, but at the same time, they have yet to release any demo or anything showing the game aside from the screenshot released above. Sure - it's a nice screenshot, but it's going to take more than a pretty picture to get any money out of our pockets.

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    May 18, 2015 7:25 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, The Bard's Tale 4 launching on Kickstarter on June 2nd

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      May 18, 2015 7:27 AM

      Not sure if I'll back this time.

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      May 18, 2015 8:44 AM

      It's going to have a hell of a pitch video. I'm still thinking I should have backed Underworld after all my concerns and red flags. But, I wanted to see if they could actually do it.

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      May 18, 2015 9:44 AM

      here's a detailed interview about it: http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2015/05/18/bards-tale-4/ i like the idea of combat kind of like Hearthstone. They are asking for 1.25 million though. I don't think they will get that much. I loved the bard's tale games, but i'm just not sure a game like that will work these days

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      May 18, 2015 10:02 AM

      Well, nostalgia compels me to say the original three were amazing. They were what got me into RPG gaming as a kid back in 1984. When that abomination was released in 2000ish I was so happy, until I played it. MoO3 levels of disappointment.

      All that being said this looks like it could be really good. I like what they said about going back to the origins of the series and I like the idea of combat being adaptive. I'll probably back this.

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      May 18, 2015 10:27 AM

      SOLD!

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      May 18, 2015 6:17 PM

      The Bard's Tale of my dreams -- my 13-year-old, 1985 self -- cannot be made for $1.25 million (probably couldn't be made for $5.21 million) but I am thrilled that they finally got the rights to do a proper sequel.

      Sad that Rebecca "Burger" Heineman is not involved (nor Michael Cranford) as the original 3 games are as much theirs as anyone's IMO but Brian Fargo will get my $$$$ if I have to only eat grilled cheeses ever day in June.

      The chance that my lowly PC will be able to play the new game is not good. I wonder if they will offer a console version in the Kickstarter as Wasteland 2 is headed there (I realize it's a completely different game engine but I'm crossing my fingers).

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      May 18, 2015 6:39 PM

      2 points.
      1> Didn't they just make a rack of money off Wasteland 2 and Torment?
      2> Wasn't the last Bard's Tale not even close to being a Bard's Tale game and the death knell for the 'revival' of the series? I mean, I suppose InXile will have a better idea on how to do it, but does anyone care?

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        May 18, 2015 7:17 PM

        1. They did fine but why not get part of the budget from Kickstarter? They said they were adding 1.25 million in addition to whatever they get from Kickstarter. They just want to make the game completely independent of publishers.

        2. That was because they only had rights to the name at the time so they did that weird fantasy parody thing instead. Now they have the rights to everything so they're making an actual sequel. The early 2000s game is independent of everything else in the series.