The developer behind the next installment in The Bards Tale, inXile Entertainment, has just released the first glimpse of in-engine gameplay for the much-anticipated action RPG The Bards Tale IV.
The Bards Tale IV in-engine teaser looks just fantastic, showing the power of Unreal Engine 4 and the potential it has for this genre.
The folks at inXile Entertainment wanted to show us the progress they've been making and showcase some of the finer elements of dungeon crawling in Unreal Engine 4, and have done so in a rather great looking in-engine demo. Now remember, this is just the beginning of development so the art, textures and general look might not be complete. The fact remains, though, that Unreal Engine 4 is incredibly versatile and capable. Also, the song in the trailer is an Original Bards Tale poem that has been translated into Gaelic and is being sung by the very talented Scottish singer Julie Fowlis. She's also going to be contributing many songs to the soundtrack of The Bards Tale IV.
Exploring in the world is a major part of the experience and we wanted to make use of the full screen and all that Unreal has to offer to make it as compelling as possible.
The Bards Tale IV is going to be a true sequel to The Bards Tale in every way, with near infinite ways to progress and develop your own party with all the classic hallmarks of action RPG's we love. You won't simply be leveling up your character, but instead evolving them in novel ways. Move from a more benign magician to a much more powerful sorcerer, chronomancer, geomancer or even an archmage. inXile Entertainment also assures us that there is plenty of player involvement on the world landscape. Your choices have real and permanent consequences in-game, and the Skara Brae reacts to those decisions in sometimes unpredictable ways.
If you haven't yet, check out their Kickstarter page and take a look at what The Bards Tale IV has the potential to be, which is one of the greatest RPG's of our time, reviving a classic series once more. They are currently 75.09% of the way to their goal of $1.25 million with 36 days to go.