As foretold by the mystics (or teased by inXile) for quite some time, The Bard’s Tale IV is now up on Kickstarter and accepting all pledges.
It’s only been there a few hours and it already has $350,000 out of an intended goal of $1.25 million, so it appears to be continuing inXile’s handy Kickstarter record. The studio has previously run Kickstarters for Wasteland 2 (released last year) and Torment: Tides of Numenera (an ongoing development.)
If you want to know more about that game, you can read an interview with the project director and creative lead of Numenera on this very site today.
Back to The Bard’s Tale IV though. This single player RPG will aim to continue the Bard’s Tale trilogy, complete with dungeon crawling, puzzling and “phase-based combat.” The title will be created using Unreal Engine 4, and ultimately available through Steam and GOG.
As a bit of a sweetener to potential pledge-ees, anybody committing some funds within the first 24 hours of the Kickstarter going live (so until about 6-7am Pacific Time on 3 June, I think) will get a free game: either Wasteland 2, or one of the first two Witcher titles.
The whole backstory to why inXile now fancy taking on The Bard’s Tale IV can be read on the main Kickstarter page, or you can watch the pitch video below for a nice summary.