Publisher Wizards of the Coast and developer Tuque Games recently confirmed the release date for Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance, and with it a few tidbits have come out for the game – like how it won’t include local co-op at launch.
Creative director Jeff Hattem confirmed (via Polygon) that they got ahead of themselves, and as such local cooperative play couldn’t make the cut before launch.
“All the environments are very unique looking, and we wanted to bring the Forgotten Realms to life,” Jeff Hattem said. “Icewind Dale, particularly, is a very harsh environment. We wanted to bring that to life, and that’s partially why we got ahead of ourselves and why local co-op is not in the build at launch.”
He added, “We had to make a choice at some point. Do we fully realize these environments, these monsters, and make it as immersive as possible? We put the foot on the gas on that front.”
Here’s a rundown on the game, via its Steam page:
Dark Alliance brings to life the world of Dungeons & Dragons in an explosive action RPG filled with real-time combat and dynamic co-op.
Frost giants and vengeful dragons roam unchecked through Icewind Dale as invading armies of evil grow stronger every day. Now four heroes must beat back the onslaught of creatures and defend against the dark.
Choose your hero and join up to four friends to battle legendary monsters. Explore the frigid world of Icewind Dale as you vanquish unstoppable bosses, earn powerful gear, and unlock new abilities to take on even bigger challenges.
- Conquer Unstoppable Monsters – Dark Alliance pits players against some of the most legendary monsters from the world of Dungeons & Dragons. Frost giants, Beholders, White Dragons—muster the strength to defeat them all against insurmountable odds.
- Fight Alongside Your Friends – Join up to four friends and fight together in a dynamic co-op experience with explosive real-time combat. Unleash devastating combos as you topple unstoppable monsters too powerful to go it alone.
- Choose Your Hero – Play as one of four distinct heroes, each with their own unique playstyle and customizable abilities. Complete missions and vanquish bosses to unlock new skills and earn powerful gear, allowing players to take on even bigger challenges.
- Brave the Frozen Landscape – Dark Alliance brings to life the world of Dungeons & Dragons like never before. Explore the frigid and dangerous world of Icewind Dale as you defend your homeland from armies of abominable monsters.
Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance is launching across Windows PC (via Steam), Xbox Series X+S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, and PlayStation 4.