As The Bard’s Tale IV‘s Kickstarter rumbles towards its close, inXile have released a pair of videos in the hopes of attracting some last-minute backers.
First up is a behind-the-scenes video focusing on the art direction, and how they’re using photogrammetry to put real-world objects directly into the game. It’s interesting, albeit a little dry.
On the complete opposite end of the scale is the other video, which is an infomercial-style advert describing the game and how your life would be forever enriched if you’d back it before the Kickstarter ends. It makes a pretty good case, but whether you find it endearing or annoying is really a bit of a crapshoot.
The Bard’s Tale IV is inXile’s attempt to create a modern-day sequel to one of the great-grandfathers of the first-person dungeon crawl genre. It’ll look lovely courtesy of the Unreal 4 engine, but it’ll also have all of the puzzles, riddles, traps, and tactical combat you’d hope for from a game with this sort of lineage.
The Bard’s Tale IV‘s Kickstarter ends in 63 hours, at the time of writing. It’s currently sat just under $1.44 million, which is a little way above its original goal of $1.25 million. Plenty of stretch goals still to go, though.
You can see both videos below.
Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he’s willing to admit. He’s written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion – in all its various incarnations – for over a decade. When not writing about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He’s also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man’s only professional games journalist.