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Bard's Tale IV Kickstarter Update #3: Here comes the eye candy!

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Bard's Tale IV Kickstarter Update #3: Here comes the eye candy!

Preview - posted by Infinitron on Thu 4 June 2015, 15:47:52

Tags: Bard's Tale IV; Brian Fargo; InXile Entertainment

Yesterday, inXile announced that they would be releasing some Bard's Tale IV in-engine footage this week. Soon afterwards, Brian Fargo revealed on Twitter that it would be coming out today. Well, here it is:

We finally put the finishing touches on the video for The Bard’s Tale IV In-Engine Video. The biggest question we get is how we plan to bring the genre forward, and this video should answer the question. Exploring in the world is a major part of the experience and we wanted to make use of the full screen and all that Unreal has to offer to make it as compelling as possible. Once combat starts, the combat shifts out of the first person mode. We are still debating the best ways to present combat as that is ultimately dictated by the final budget, but rest assured it will be party and turn/phase based.



The song you’re hearing was written and performed by multi-award winning Gaelic singer and multi-instrumentalist Julie Fowlis, who you may know from the two songs she contributed to Disney Pixar’s major motion picture, Brave. You may also know her from her own albums, too. Julie Fowlis grew up in a Gaelic-speaking community immersed in Scottish culture, and the songs she will contribute to The Bard’s Tale IV’s soundtrack will make the setting that much richer.

From Julie herself: "Éamon and I are delighted to have contributed music for the iconic game The Bard's Tale. For us, it has been a fascinating journey exploring and creating music, drawing from the depths of our ancient Scottish Gaelic tradition, and marrying it with the fantasy world of a renowned computer game, now 30 years old." We hope you enjoyed this first look at The Bard’s Tale IV!​

Wow. It looks like a pre-rendered cinematic, but apparently it isn't. It's got lovely Gaelic music, and a magic mouth uttering cryptic poetry. There's some bardic magic, and a little bit of puzzle solving. And at the end, there's a combat encounter with some bizarre cackling gremlin-like creatures, where the camera pulls out to a JRPG-like presentation. All in all, it certainly looks a lot more impressive than a certain other trailer we've seen recently. I guess that's the power of Unreal 4! (in before downgrade)

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