The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep is a dungeon crawler from inXile Entertainment and legendary designer Brian Fargo. Fargo has worked on experiences like Fallout, Wasteland, and Torment: Tides of Numenera in the past. Many older PC gamers will immediately recognize the series. The title features challenging combat that rewards creativity, various puzzles that lead to treasure, and a lot of environmental variety.
According to the developer, after its PC launch, The Bard's Tale IV will makes it way to Xbox One and Playstation 4 later in 2018. No concrete release date was provided, but it seems like the team is targeting the holiday season.
The Bard's Tale IV is set over a hundred years after the events of the last game. The terrible happenings of Skara Brae's violent destruction are nearly forgotten. In the dark ruins below, an evil has waited patiently for its time. Fanatics are gathering control, the famous "Adventurers Guild" has been outlawed, and you must rise up in defiance to become the hero the realm needs.
The highlight of The Bard's Tale IV has to be its various customization options. The game allows you to create your own characters and play as a "Bard", "Fighter", "Practitioner", or "Rogue". What's truly impressive is that each character features around seventy skills and a handful of classes. You can even choose your companions so there are countless combinations. Each playthrough will be unique and your adventure will be vastly different than others.
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So much motion blur in the video itself.
Some of my fondest gaming memories were of The Bards Tale III, I never ended up completing it, I think I got up to the third "World", but it was immensely fun. Also the PS2 spinoff was a decent game too.
Why is this "IV"? Was there a reboot of I to III?
I'm guessing it continues on from Thief of Fate. It does seem kind of odd as I imagine the vast majority of plyers have never touched the original games, but meh. Those games were great.
They sure were! I found them hard but the kind of gameplay they offered was deep and vast. Good to see things like this come back in whatever form.
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