Cult classic 'The Bard's Tale Trilogy' launches on Xbox One soon says Microsoft

What you need to know

  • The Bard's Tale is an acclaimed franchise that is regarded as one of the godfathers of the role-playing genre.
  • The Bard's Tale Trilogy is a remastered collection of the original three games.
  • According to Microsoft, the package is coming to Xbox One in August as part of Xbox Game Pass.
  • You can purchase three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $45 on Amazon (opens in new tab).

The role-playing genre in video games as we know it started around 1985 when games like The Bard's Tale broke onto the scene. The title offered gamers plenty of choices. Not only are The Bard's Tale: Tales of the Unknown, The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight, and The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate considered cult classics, but they also helped to formulate a genre we love.

In 2018, inXile Entertainment — now owned by Microsoft — worked with Krome Studios to release The Bard's Tale Trilogy. The Bard's Tale Trilogy contains all three games, but they've been remastered. While the gameplay is still the same, the text looks crisper and the graphics look clearer. According to the teams, The Bard's Tale Trilogy "is a chance for old fans to be young once again and for a new generation of roleplaying and dungeon crawler fans to discover why these games matter so much all these years later."

The Bard's Tale Trilogy requires you to rescue a city trapped by a wizard. You must reforge the legendary Destiny Wand and travel across time and space to confront the Mad God. For the first time, you can play as a male or female across all three games. Other quality-of-life changes such as automapping, spell access, and updated inventory management make the experience better.

Today, Microsoft revealed the list of games coming to Xbox Game Pass for Xbox One and PC in August. While everyone knew that The Bard's Tale IV: Director's Cut was being added to the catalog, no one expected to find The Bard's Tale Trilogy there. It's unclear how much it's going to launch for, but hopefully, it'll support the same $15 as it does on Steam. Luckily, the game is coming to Xbox Game Pass so the price doesn't matter.

Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service which costs $10 a month. You gain immediate access to over 200 games. Instead of streaming the titles, you can download them to your console and play natively. Xbox Game Pass is available as separate subscriptions on Xbox One and PC, but the game will be accessible on both platforms.

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Asher Madan

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

4 Comments
  • Probably just 1,000 given how long they are. But you never know!
  • I'm really excited for this, outside of the Ultima series, The Bard's Tale was my next favourite RPG series growing up.
  • These sorts of games are great for nostalgia and good additions to game pass. However, not sure I'll play as my backlog is already bursting with current gen games. I remember these old games from yesteryear when I had c64, spectrum, amiga etc. Sone things may prove to be better left in the past!
  • All in all, time is the big factor in my case; I used to love these old RPG games, but they were just so long - it took forever to play them. Nowadays, with a job, kids, a house etc., I just wouldn't be able to fit it in anywhere...