16 years later: The Bard’s Tale IV announced
Probably the biggest news of last week was the announcement that came on Saturday from inXile‘s CEO Brian Fargo. Ladies and gentlemen, the development of a new Bard’s Tale game is now a fact! Although information on the game so far is rather vague, Fargo confirmed that a Kickstarter campaign would launch soon to allow people to back the project, as happened with inXile’s Wasteland 2 and Torment: Tides of Numenara. In terms of gameplay, the new Bard’s Tale will be a continuation of the original series (which their mediocre 2004 multi-format/mobile effort was not part of), following on from 1998’s Bard’s Tale III: Thief of Fate. Some of the new tricks this old pony will be performing were described by IGN’s Mike Mahardy:
“Traditional turn-based combat,” as Fargo calls it, bases turns on varying factors, creating battles in which different characters attacked at different times, often alternating between opposing sides. But in The Bard’s Tale IV, teams attack all at once. This increases the pace of the combat, and allows for a different set of tactics than the traditional system might allow.
Mike Mahardy, IGN.com
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Exclusively yours: Fable Legends for Windows 10 and Xbone
It’s always nice to see a PC game being planned for launch with a new hardware or software platform! Last week, Microsoftannounced that the new Fable Legends game from Lionhead Studios will arrive on both Xbox One and PC and will offer cross-platform playability. Pay attention, though, and mark this in your notebooks as the game will be a Windows 10-only exclusive for the PC. Sorry Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 owners – you won’t be able to play Fable Legends unless you make the free upgrade to Windows 10 when it comes out later this year (scroll down for a bit more about this). Want to know more? Give this FAQ article a careful read.
What a surprise: TESO to go B2P in March
Along with most of the rest of the internet, we already indicated this as a probability for the game, but we never would have expected Bethesda to be up for it so soon. What was once rumour has now been confirmed as truth, though, and The Elder Scrolls Online will transmogrify itself into a Buy to Play title on March 17th, with its PS4 and Xbone release (yup!) following in June. Like most other sub-less MMORPGs these days, ESO: Tamriel Unlimited (the official name of the new B2P version) will also offer an optional monthly premium subscription giving free access to all forthcoming extra content (they call it DLC, but that seems a little incongruous for an MMORPG if you ask me), as well as an allotment of ‘Crowns’, the new in-game currency, to spend in the in-game store. You can read more about the ‘ESO Plus’ paid service here.
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