The Bard's Tale IV is good news for RPG fans.

Great news for classic RPG gaming fans. Last night, Kickstarter announced the successful funding of The Bard's Tale IV -- the sequel to the 1985 cult classic. The original game was loosely based on tabletop RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons, and helped usher in the exciting world of fantasy-based video games.

Bard's Tale IV

The original Bard's Tale celebrated its 30th anniversary just last month on June 2, 2015. And on that day, inXile entertainment announced the ambitious Bard's Tale IV Kickstarter project.

Brian Fargo, CEO of inXile, initially hoped to raise $1.25 million on Kickstarter. In addition, Fargo announced that his company would at least double the amount if the project was successfully funded. According to last night's announcement, 33,737 RPG fans pledged over $1.5 million to help bring The Bard's Tale IV to life.

Good News For RPG Fans

According to the original Kickstarter campaign, the game will be “a single-player, party-based dungeon crawl, rich in exploration and combat” and will feature “dynamic phase-based combat, where the pace of battle is animated and fluid, but still gives you time to think and respond to your enemies.” Projects like The Bard's Tale IV go to show that gamers are still hungry for fantasy-based RPGs, and that the role playing genre is alive and well.

More Information

To learn more about The Bard's Tale IV, and to get a first look at the game's amazing graphics engine, please visit the official website here. The game is still in the preliminary stages of production, but inXile is planning an October 2017 release.

July 10, 2015 — Shane Scarbrough

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