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The Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut to be launched August 27

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The dungeon crawler by Brian Fargo and inXile is set to finally launch on Linux soon. The new director’s cut will bring more than just a new coat of paint.

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It’s taken some time for the Bard’s Tale IV [Official Site] to make its way onto Linux. The continuation of the classic RPG series was originally crowdfunded several years ago with Linux support promised but eventually delayed at launch. A recent Kickstarter post confirms that the long wait will soon be over. The new Director’s Cut update will be free for all existing owners and will also introduce support for our platform of choice.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Bard’s Tale series, then you can expect to explore dungeons, build up a specialized party, fight all sorts of monsters and solve puzzles to get through the game. There’s a lot of different ways to customize characters and approach the turn-based combat. There’s a fair amount of content to explore and you can expect to spent several dozen hours to beat the game.

This new updated version of the game seems like a step up from the original launch version. Judging from the first look reveal, there’s a fair amount of new content. Some of it falls into the quality-of-life type and balance improvements categories but there will also be a new area to explore and other high level content. There are also engine updates and graphical improvements that have been made, the end result of which is that most of the game has been reworked in some way.

I’m excited to finally be able to play soon, as I’ve had the game on my radar for a while. If you want to place the new director’s cut in your wishlist so you don’t forget when it launches, you can do so on GOG or Steam.

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Dunc 11 July 2019 at 3:28 pm UTC
So in the last few years, we've had Duke Nukem Forever (the less said about that the better but still, it finally came out), the Doom reboot, Elite Dangerous, Chaos Reborn, Phoenix Point (which is really X-Com), System Shock, and now another Bard's Tale. What old game is next for resurrection?

If anyone round here has the ear of Pete Cooke, a new Tau Ceti would be nice.
Eike 11 July 2019 at 3:45 pm UTC
DuncSo in the last few years, we've had Duke Nukem Forever (the less said about that the better but still, it finally came out), the Doom reboot, Elite Dangerous, Chaos Reborn, Phoenix Point (which is really X-Com), System Shock, and now another Bard's Tale. What old game is next for resurrection?

If anyone round here has the ear of Pete Cooke, a new Tau Ceti would be nice.

Add Wasteland II, plus many "spiritual successors" of original developers who lacked the rights to name their new games like the old ones...

We're in a time were older *sigh* people remember the good old times and often have the money to make a little part of them come back...


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madpinger 11 July 2019 at 3:47 pm UTC
I was wondering if it was going to happen or what. We'll have to take a look at it again, been a bit.
shawnsterp 11 July 2019 at 4:17 pm UTC
DuncSo in the last few years, we've had ... Phoenix Point (which is really X-Com), System Shock....

Wait, I was unaware that we have either one of these games. What am I missing? Heck, I'm still "waiting" for Into The Breach!


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eldaking 11 July 2019 at 5:12 pm UTC
Hmm, the message was a bit unclear. Do I need to redeem my key before it is released in order to get the update? I was waiting until they actually released something that worked on Linux before getting it.

I guess I'll do it anyway, not much point in waiting now that we have a set date.

And by this point, my expectations for inXile are low enough that even this exceeds them.
Avehicle7887 11 July 2019 at 6:27 pm UTC
Exciting release and release date is not too far either. Hopefully no launch issues.
Nezchan 11 July 2019 at 9:15 pm UTC
DuncWhat old game is next for resurrection?

Dungeons of Daggorath
Dunc 12 July 2019 at 1:07 am UTC
shawnsterp
DuncSo in the last few years, we've had ... Phoenix Point (which is really X-Com), System Shock....

Wait, I was unaware that we have either one of these games. What am I missing? Heck, I'm still "waiting" for Into The Breach!
Well, okay, they haven't actually been released. But you know what I mean. Remakes and long-delayed sequels seem to be all the rage.
slaapliedje 12 July 2019 at 4:04 am UTC
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shawnsterp
DuncSo in the last few years, we've had ... Phoenix Point (which is really X-Com), System Shock....

Wait, I was unaware that we have either one of these games. What am I missing? Heck, I'm still "waiting" for Into The Breach!
Well, okay, they haven't actually been released. But you know what I mean. Remakes and long-delayed sequels seem to be all the rage.
You missed Descent, Ultima Underworld (Would love to see the whole Ultima series redone, a lot of them have in Neverwinter Nights). Oh, and Baldur's Gate III is being made as well.
theghost 12 July 2019 at 4:46 am UTC
DuncSo in the last few years, we've had Duke Nukem Forever (the less said about that the better but still, it finally came out), the Doom reboot, Elite Dangerous, Chaos Reborn, Phoenix Point (which is really X-Com), System Shock, and now another Bard's Tale. What old game is next for resurrection?

If anyone round here has the ear of Pete Cooke, a new Tau Ceti would be nice.

Also add Parkitect and War for the Overworld as resurrected old game.
You guys know what we really need now: Jagged Alliance 2 and Thief 1 /2.
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