inXile Entertainment’s ‘The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep’ Out Now
inXile Entertainment, the studio led by Interplay founder and industry icon Brian Fargo, has launched The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep. This newest entry in the series that helped define computer RPGs and dungeon crawlers is available today on Windows PC via Steam, GOG.com, and Humble for $34.99.
“It’s such an incredible joy to welcome back a magical world beloved by gamers for decades,” said inXile Entertainment CEO Brian Fargo. “The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep is both a call back to and huge step forward for one of gaming’s most pivotal series, capturing the classic charm and wonder of the originals while delivering a totally new adventure rich in modern design and beauty.”
A return to the series’ roots, The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep takes players back to the fantastical realm of Caith for a classic, single-player, first-person role-playing adventure rich in exploration, devious puzzles, and challenging combat. Recruit and level up a party of six renegade heroes and rise up against the dark powers that have corrupted the realm. Dive deep into dangerous, maze-like dungeons, solve challenging riddles and quests, and defeat magical beasts, creatures, and more in dynamic phase-based battles.
The vibrant, interactive world of The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep is powered by Unreal Engine 4 and 3D photogrammetry, designed to capture the atmosphere and detail of Scottish architecture and geography. Players will discover an engaging storyline from acclaimed writer Nathan Long (Wasteland 2), as well as a stirring Celtic soundtrack from Ged Grimes (Simple Minds) and some of the world’s top Gaelic folk singers and musicians.
Players will also receive a free in-game version of the iconic torch from Red Hook Studios’ Darkest Dungeon for reaching over 100K wishlisters as part of The Bard’s Tale IV Wishlist Initiative, which rewarded players for wishlisting the game on either Steam, GOG.com or Humble.
This newest chapter in the legendary The Bard’s Tale franchise, which first premiered in 1985, arrives in time for the 30th anniversary of The Bard’s Tale III: Thief of Fate, the last game in the series. inXile recently released the first volume of The Bard’s Tale Trilogy remaster, featuring improved graphics and gameplay, on Windows PC via Steam, GOG.com, Green Man Gaming, and Humble for $14.99. Proving that good gameplay is timeless, The Bard’s Tale Trilogy currently enjoys a 96% user approval rating on Steam and 4.5/5 rating on GOG.com over a month after launch.
The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep is expected to arrive in the future on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, Mac, and Linux. For more information, visit www.bardstale.com, and follow the series and inXile on Facebook and Twitter.