The Bard’s Tale 4, the latest official entry in the old-school RPG series, is launching September 18. However, inXile is showing that they haven’t forgotten their roots with the release of The Bard’s Tale Trilogy, a remaster of the Interplay-produced DOS-era trilogy..
Something old, something new.
The Bard’s Tale Trilogy is a collection and remaster of Interplay’s dungeon crawlers. It will be releasing in parts, with the first game releasing August 14, and the others by year’s end. The story from the first game’s box art reads:
Long ago, when magic still prevailed, the evil wizard Mangar the Dark threatened a small but harmonious country town called Skara Brae. Evil creatures oozed into Skara Brae and joined his shadow domain. Mangar froze the surrounding lands with a spell of Eternal Winter, totally isolating Skara Brae from any possible help. Then, one night the town militiamen all disappeared.
The future of Skara Brae hung in the balance. And who was left to resist? Only a handful of unproven young Warriors, junior Magic Users, a couple of Bards barely old enough to drink, and some out of work Rogues.
You are there. You are the leader of this ragtag group of freedom fighters. Luckily you have a Bard with you to sing your glories, if you survive. For this is the stuff of legends. And so the story begins…
The games will play mostly the same, but inXile is taking advantage of modern design and technology. The game has been redrawn, re-animated, and given a new more modern, high resolution UI. The games will all allow automapping, the ability to choose your characters’ sex, and easier save file transferring. You can also play in ‘Legacy Mode’, which makes the game play more like the originals, for those who want a challenge. An interesting fact about the games is that no original source code exists. The creators had to reverse-engineer multiple versions to make these games!
The Bard’s Tale Trilogy will release the first game August 14. The second and third game, which will be include with the first game, will release sometime in Autumn and Winter respectively.