inXile Entertainment's 'The Bard's Tale IV' for Xbox One goes up for preorder

What you need to know

  • The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep is a role-playing game with numerous choices.
  • It was supposed to launch in 2018, but was delayed.
  • According to Amazon the game is coming to Xbox One in 2019.
  • You can preorder The Bard's Tale IV for $40 through Amazon (opens in new tab).

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.

Last August, the developer said that The Bard's Tale IV was coming to Xbox One and Playstation 4 in 2018. It's already available on PC. No concrete release date was provided, but it seemed like the team was targeting the holiday season. Well, we're half way through 2019 and it looks like the game may finally launch soon. Today, the title went up for preorder for $40 on Amazon. Again, no release date has been provided, but the listing mentions that it's coming in 2019. It's unclear if the game will be joining Xbox Game Pass even though Microsoft now owns inXile, or if it's even Xbox One X Enhanced.

Amazon doesn't charge customers until an item has shipped, so you can preorder even though we don't know when it's supposed to launch. The fact that it's available for preorder with proper box art is a good sign nonetheless.

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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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.