inXile Entertainment (The Bard’s Tale, Wasteland 2) has announced that they are celebrating the 30 year anniversary of their most iconic franchise, by commencing a Kickstarter campaign for The Bard’s Tale IV. The campaign will launch on June 2 at 6am PST. While the funding goal, duration, and intended release platforms of the project are not clear, an active Thunderclap drive has already reached more than 140,000 social media users.
Originally The Bard’s Tale was released in 1985 where it grew a strong player following. Subsequent titles and the original game launched the professional career of inXile Entertainment founder, Brian Fargo. Since then, the studio has seen both their projects, Wasteland 2 and Torment: Tides of Numenera, successfully funded on Kickstarter, collecting over $7 million in backer contributions between the two campaigns.
The Bard’s Tale IV will place veteran players of the franchise back in the familiar city of Skara Brae. Fargo and inXile seem determined to deliver a modern game experience that stays true to the classic feel of the original CRPG. The game will feature challenging maze-like caves, lethal puzzles, riddles, and plenty of monsters, all in the first-person dungeon crawler style of the original.
To add the detail and immersing environment that many modern gamers look for, the Unreal 4 engine will be utilized along with a process called photogrammetry to create in-game 3D objects from photos of Scotland’s architecture. An original soundtrack that includes Gaelic musicians, and is also inspired by Scottish culture, will be implemented, in an effort to further enrich the games atmosphere. Stay updated on the latest news and campaign information by visiting the official website, or support the game now by assisting the Thunderclap efforts.