The Bard’s Tale IV announced

Bards Tale 4

Bringing the first proper sequel to the RPG series for 27 years

Interplay co-founder and inXile Entertainment CEO Brian Fargo appeared at PAX South over the weekend to give a surprise reveal in the shape of The Bard’s Tale IV, a fourth proper entry in the Bard’s Tale RPG franchise.

As reported by Game Informer, Fargo, who had a hand in all three of the main Bard’s Tale games at Interplay noted that the new game will be a modernised take on the dungeon crawling games of old. “I don’t think, in this day and age, we can make you break out the graph paper,” said Fargo at the PAX panel. “We might have a hardcore mode for that.”

Fargo will be taking to Kickstarter to gain funding for A Bard’s Tale, a place where he’s had previous notable success when in 2012 inXile’s Wasteland 2 attracted $2.9 million.

The last time we saw The Bard’s Tale’s name was back in 2004, when a spoofy spiritual successor, simply called The Bard’s Tale was released. Prior to this the last main (serious) entry in the series was 1988’s The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate, a construction kit version of the game that allowed you to create your own dungeon crawls also came out in 1991.

Following his PAX appearance, Fargo tweeted some clarification that the new Bard’s Tale will be a follow on from Thief of Fate.

“As much as I enjoyed our little Bard’s Tale comedy romp,” said Fargo, ”Bard’s Tale IV is a proper sequel of the trilogy.”.

There’s little more to report about The Bard’s Tale IV for now, we’ll keep you posted.

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