While it still has about 0.5 million to go until it hits that exciting Chris Avellone stretch goal, Bard’s Tale IV’s Kickstarter is still playing host to some juicy updates. The latest of which is one that gives us all the dirty details concerning the resurrected sequel and its gameplay systems.
The first big reveal is that after listening to fan feedback, InXile has decided to increase the party size to 6. Though one of those will be a companion NPC that I’m assuming you have to recruit, it does keep it a bit more in line with the previous games, which had a standard party of 6. You’ll also be able to summon creatures that add to your adventuring group, but they won’t count against that cap and can fill up as many spaces as there are left to populate.
They also talk about their expansion of the game’s race and class roles, with Bard’s Tale IV now sporting a rather robust roster of 10 classes and 7 races. It’s stressed that the ability for creating a unique character are very high on the developer’s priority list, so those wanting a lot of replayability shouldn’t be disappointed. A quick run down of the features planned so far prove that:
- Over thirty beautiful levels to explore.
- Locations including Skara Brae and the catacombs beneath it, towns such as Torr Fion and Fettercairn, wildernesses, castles, ruined temples and lost cities, as well as the legendary realms of the Elves, Dwarves and Trow.
- Over a hundred different enemy types, including dozens from the original trilogy, as well as dozens of new creatures based on ancient Scottish, Orcadian, and Pict mythology. All-new enemy factions will oppose you: the Fecti, the Einaar, the Lestradae, and the Fatherites. We’ll speak more on this lore in future updates!
- Hundreds of usable items, many of which can be used in our crafting system to create consumables and special items.
- Hundreds of unique weapons and armor to find; most can be enhanced through crafting, and many will be physically manipulated as a 3D model/puzzle to become more powerful.
- Dozens of powerful magic spells, including some that allow the user to summon creatures to fight by their side.
There’s also a blurb about Xounts, a new type of speaker up on Kickstarter that Brian Fargo mentions has made a special Bard’s Tale IV themed variant for fans of the game. Though it’s already part of a higher tier reward, the company is offering a limited run of 99 of these speakers for others that may went a pulsating obelisk in their game cave.