Bard’s Tale IV Turns Up the Heat For Final Week of Kickstarter Funding

Sitting comfortably at a little over 1.4 million, inXile’s Bard’s Tale reboot doesn’t have to worry about lack of funds during its ongoing development, but it does have to worry about hitting those deep stretch goals. With only three days to go, Brian Fargo and company have decided to turn up the heat a bit and see if they can give the game a boost before the official funding period ends. To accomplish this, inXile has added some tier upgrades, stretch goal additions and some free games to create some incentives for would-be donors.

First are the tier changes, with the $400 tier now getting the collector’s album box and the “puzzle master” tier being cut 50%, making it a relatively more reasonable $750.

Next up is the idea of creating community hangouts where donors can ask questions directly to the developers. Such a conversation is slated to occur on Facebook tomorrow at 1pm Eastern time.

The real meat of the deal would be the free games, and the Kickstarter update goes into detail about what exactly you’ll be receiving and at what tier:

    We kicked off our campaign with a huge bang, with anyone who backed in the first 48 hours (for $20 or more) getting a FREE copy of Wasteland 2, The Witcher or The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings! The game of your choice will be delivered to you once we set up our backer portal after this Kickstarter ends. Of course upgrading your pledge afterwards does not affect any free goodies you’re due! We know exactly who backed in the first 48 hours and will have your games ready for you shortly after the campaign.
    But that’s not all! If you backed Wasteland 2 or Torment: Tides of Numenera, and backed The Bard’s Tale IV before June 26th, 12am PST, you get a FREE bonus reward consisting of your choice of digital goodies from Wasteland 2, Torment or The Bard’s Tale IV! Plus thanks to our friends from OtherSide Entertainment, if you backed us previously and your Bard’s Tale IV pledge from before June 26th is $33 or more, you get FREE copies of Ultima Underworld 1 & 2. We were happy to see the strong response to our loyalty rewards, and we think it’ll be a fun thing to try again down the line to reward our loyal backers.
    But we never tire of giving you stuff. We’re also giving all backers $20 FREE copies of the original The Bard’s Tale, The Bard’s Tale II: The Destiny Knight and The Bard’s Tale III: Thief of Fate! You will getting the existing emulator versions of the three games, but we also have an agreement with the original The Bard’s Tale III programmer Rebecca “Burger” Heineman who is working to update these games to run emulator-free on modern machines!
    Also in that update, we announced that we’re expanding the soundtrack of the game to a Deluxe Double Album, this upgrade being FREE for any tiers that contain the soundtrack ($50, $70 and $95 and up)!

With around 5 million to go until hitting the coveted Chris Avellone stretch goal, they’ll certainly need all the help they can get. There’s still a chance, of course, so we’ll have to wait and see if this is all enough to push them over the top.

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Carl is both a JRPG fan and a CRPG'er who especially loves European PC games. Even with more than three decades of gaming under his belt, he feels the best of the hobby is yet to come.

1 comment
  1. JackDandy
    July 7, 2015 at 8:28 am

    This is all super neat.
    I haven’t backed this one, but only due to lack of funds. I was damn happy with how Wasteland 2 turned out.