The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: RPG/Strategy
Developer: InXile
Release Date: Sept. 18, 2018

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'The Bard's Tale IV' Early Kickstarter Backers Get Free Games

by Rainier on June 1, 2015 @ 8:51 a.m. PDT

The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep is a new installment in the classic RPG series, returning players to the place where it all began, Skara Brae.

On the 30th anniversary of the original Bard's Tale, what better time than now to go on an adventure worthy of song? The Bard’s Tale IV will feature challenging maze-like dungeons with devious puzzles and riddles to explore in the first-person dungeon crawler style of the original trilogy. inXile has the full rights to use everything from the original trilogy, so the game will be rich with callbacks and old favorites such as teleporter zones and magic mouths.

Utilizing the Unreal 4 engine, The Bard’s Tale IV will also represent a graphical leap forward in the genre, immersing you in a highly detailed and lush world you'll want to map to is farthest reaches. inXile plans to use photogrammetry to create in-game 3D objects from photos of architecture, taken right in Scotland.

inXile Entertainment will launch a Kickstarter for their cRPG The Bard’s Tale IV, on Tuesday June 2nd at 6 AM PST/13:00 UTC. inXile is looking to raise funds to revive the dungeon crawl, bringing you a single-player, party-based experience, rich with challenging dungeons filled with dynamic phase-based fights as well as devious puzzles and riddles.

If you back The Bard’s Tale IV in the first 24 hours at any reward tier from $20 upwards, you will receive a choice for a FREE copy of Wasteland 2, The Witcher or The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings once your pledge is collected at the end of the Kickstarter.

“This is our way to show our gratitude to those who continue to support us,” says Brian Fargo, inXile CEO. “We’re also very happy to be working with our friends at CD Projekt, who have shown they understand the right way to treat your fans!”

With the Bard leading the way, the game has a strong focus on music and sound design. Inspired by and involving Gaelic musicians, the soundtrack and lyrics of The Bard’s Tale IV take cues from Scottish culture, which will be used to enrich the existing setting from the original games.

Of courses, you'll need to contend with all matter of hostile beasts, monsters and brigands as you explore the world. The Bard’s Tale IV will feature a dynamic phase based combat system, utilizing the complex decision making opportunities of traditional phase based combat,  but with a constantly evolving enemy strategy and a pacing that keeps you on your toes.


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