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The crowdfunded single-player, party-based role-playing game The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep from inXile Entertainment is due out soon, so they've given an update on what their plans are.

Writing in a Kickstarter update today, they said this:

The game ended up with 350 speaking parts, over 30 distinct locations, and over 100 pieces of music. The Windows version is still on schedule for the 18th and then all hands are on deck to get the Mac and Linux versions out as fast as we can. We are hitting ALL our stretch goals, and have incorporated a tremendous amount of feedback from the beta test. The only slightly bad news is that we will be late on a few items, but they are most assuredly coming in the following weeks after release.

Hopefully this means that if it doesn't make it on the 18th of September, then it will arrive very shortly after. It's good to see them talk about it openly though!

In the same update, they also talked about how long the game is going to be. Originally, they aimed for around 25 hours but after testing and getting feedback it seems to be closer to 35 hours! On top of that, all their backers will be getting the digital version of their Strategy Guide for free.

They also shared some more footage last month with the combat:

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As someone who hasn't followed it closely at all, to the point that I wasn't even fully aware of what type of game it actually was, I'm now pretty excited about the combat. The graphics and animations look really great too!

Two days ago they shared another preview video, this time focusing on the Personalities to be found:

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For the release, it will be on Humble StoreGOG page and Steam. If there is a delay, you can count on us to keep checking up on it.

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DamonLinuxPL 1 Sep, 2018
Worth to add: Wishes https://steamcommunity.com/games/566090/announcements/

If 100k users add Bard's Tale IV to WishList - they add to game Torch from Darkest Dungeons

If 300k users add Bard's Tale IV to WishList - they drop price to 34,99$

If 500k users add Bard's Tale IV to WishList - they drop price to 29,99$ and add Dwarven Duneon of Hearnhold DLC

If 30 000 users from Poland add Bard's Tale IV to WishList - they add to game artifact called "GOLD ONION" allowing you to shop cheaper in the game.
Ardje 1 Sep, 2018
\0/
Now let me look up where those keys are...
Swiftpaw 1 Sep, 2018
QuoteThe Windows version is still on schedule for the 18th and then all hands are on deck to get the Mac and Linux versions out as fast as we can.

Pretty clearly sounds like it won't be a day-1 release to me! So their hands are not on deck now, but will be after the Windows release. Sad we won't be getting it day-1 but oh well, hopefully it'll be a good game!


Last edited by Swiftpaw on 1 September 2018 at 5:33 pm UTC
slaapliedje 1 Sep, 2018
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I backed Bard's Tale IV already, but threw it on my wishlist, if theyre' going to start adding stuff to it, that's just awesome! I posted in another thread that Brian Fargo had marked 5 boxes of the collector's edition that he signed with an X and the lucky people who get those will get all inXile's games for life. I'll have to say he's a pretty awesome guy. If you look at his history of games, there's some seriously huge hits that came from him (like Wasteland/Fallout).
Mountain Man 1 Sep, 2018
Quoting: Swiftpaw
QuoteThe Windows version is still on schedule for the 18th and then all hands are on deck to get the Mac and Linux versions out as fast as we can.

Pretty clearly sounds like it won't be a day-1 release to me! So their hands are not on deck now, but will be after the Windows release. Sad we won't be getting it day-1 but oh well, hopefully it'll be a good game!
I'm too cynical to believe there'll be a Linux version until I see the "Buy" button on Steam. How many times have we heard, "We'll get to the Linux version right after the Windows release!" followed by "We'll get to the Linux version right after we spend the next couple of months releasing critical patches for the Windows version!" followed by "We'll consider looking into the Linux release just as soon as we're done with this DLC for Windows!" followed by "The Linux version is being delayed because we've hit some technical snags!" and then finally, 18-months later, "We're suspending development of the Linux version due to lack of interest. But thanks to everybody who donated to our crowd funding campaigns! Our Windows customers are thrilled with their game!"
Liam Dawe 1 Sep, 2018
Quoting: Swiftpaw
QuoteThe Windows version is still on schedule for the 18th and then all hands are on deck to get the Mac and Linux versions out as fast as we can.

Pretty clearly sounds like it won't be a day-1 release to me! So their hands are not on deck now, but will be after the Windows release. Sad we won't be getting it day-1 but oh well, hopefully it'll be a good game!
You're right, I've made an adjustment to the title to be a bit more clear.
thelimeydragon 1 Sep, 2018
I wish they would fix the bug in "The Bards Tale" that got added to the enhanced version of the game. It's pretty much impossible to play now, as there's a huge bug with arrows/spells where the character gets stuck and you can't do anything except reload a save.
Feist 1 Sep, 2018
Getting more hyped about this! For a while I was more interested in the new "Ultima Underworld" title, but now I feel these two hold equal promise of a pleasant gameplay experience.
eldaking 1 Sep, 2018
QuoteThe Windows version is still on schedule for the 18th and then all hands are on deck to get the Mac and Linux versions out as fast as we can.

This is a very positive way of saying "we failed to develop the game for the platforms we promised, we can't say how long the port will take".
GustyGhost 5 years 1 Sep, 2018
Quoting: eldakingThis is a very positive way of saying "we failed to develop the game for the platforms we promised, we can't say how long the port will take".

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