Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: inXile Entertainment

The Bard’s Tale IV reaches $1.25 million Kickstarter funding goal

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After recently announcing that the original trilogy has been added as a tier reward for Bard’s Tale IV’s ongoing Kickstarter campaign, inXile has sent word that they’ve met their funding goal. During the weekend, pledges surpassed the $1.25 million mark. Upcoming stretch goals include an enhanced companion NPC system and two more CNPCs at $1.3 million and an enhanced crafting system at $1.35 million.

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Bard’s Tale IV backers of $20 or more to get Bard’s Tale trilogy

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inXile is adding even more extras to the reward tiers for their ongoing Kickstarter campaign for The Bard’s Tale IV. Now, everyone who pledges at least $20 will receive the original trilogy for free: The Bard’s Tale, The Bard’s Tale II: The Destiny Knight, and The Bard’s Tale III: Thief of Fate. Emulated versions of the games will be sent to backers after the campaign has ended. The studio also announced that they have reached an agreement with Bard’s Tale III programmer Rebecca “Burger” Heineman to update the Apple IIGS versions of each to run on modern Windows and Mac PCs, which will also be free to backers.

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Bard’s Tale IV early backers to get Wasteland 2, Witcher 1 or Witcher 2

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inXile has sweetened the pot for The Bard’s Tale IV’s Kickstarter campaign by tossing in a free game. Backers who put towards the game within the first 24 hours of the campaign’s launch will receive a free copy of Wasteland 2, The Witcher, or The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. The freebie is part of the $20 and up reward tiers, and the game will be available once the campaign ends. Wasteland 2 will be delivered via Steam or GOG.com, while both Witchers will be delivered through GOG.com. The campaign is set to kick off on June 2 at 8 a.m. (CST).

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The Bard’s Tale to celebrate 30 years with Kickstarter for fourth entry

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inXile is looking to bring back The Bard’s Tale. The studio plans on using the series’ 30th anniversary, June 2, to launch a Kickstarter campaign for The Bard’s Tale IV. The fourth entry will once again be a dungeon crawler set in Skara Brae, and unlike the previous reboot, feature the same labyrinthine dungeons, puzzles, and riddles as the original trilogy. The studio also noted that, as they own the rights to the series, the game will be “rich with callbacks and old favorites such as teleporter zones and magic mouths.” The game will be powered by the Unreal 4 engine, include music inspired and played by Gaelic musicians, and utilize a dynamic phased-based combat system. A teaser shot was also released and is viewable below.

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TSI developing multi-game character export/import system Gateway

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TSI is looking to link role-playing games together with a new character import/export system dubbed Gateway. The studio plans on rolling it out with their next title, Seven Dragon Saga, with features that will allow for the importing and exporting of player-created characters between it and games from other developers. The high fantasy, party-based adventure is a digital version of a pen-and-paper game created by SSI veterans Keith Brors and David Shelley. So far, Harebrained Schemes and inXile have announced their support for the initiative. Long-time fans of the genre will recall a similar system used in previous role-playing games, such as Bard’s Tale, Ultima, and Wizardry.

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Wasteland 2 development wraps, final version to launch next month

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The post-apocalyptic role-playing game Wasteland 2 will launch on September 19, according to developer inXile. The crowd-funded title has been available for several months to early backers in test form, but next month marks its final release in both digital and physical formats. The announcement also noted that the studio has used earnings from early sales, as well as some dosh chipped in by CEO Brian Fargo, has allowed the studio to double the title’s budget to over $5 million.

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Wasteland 2 – Digital Deluxe Edition adds Bard’s Tale, now on sale

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inXile has announced that the Early Access version of Wasteland 2 – Digital Deluxe Edition is part of the Steam Summer Sale, and that they have added a copy of the 2004 reimagined Bard’s Tale to the package. Other extras with the Digital Deluxe include beta access to Wasteland 2, a copy of the first Wasteland, a soundtrack, an artbook, and two novellas. The 15% discount currently running on Steam will be good throughout the Summer Sale. Additionally, all of the Kickstarter and late backers now have access to the Wasteland 2 beta through Early Access.

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Wasteland 2 gets first major update, includes 2,000+ fixes, new areas

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inXile has released the first major update for Wasteland 2. The patch, coming two months after the game made its debut on Steam Early Access, includes “over 2000 bug fixes, gameplay features, performance optimizations and balance improvements along with hours of new content.” An entire section has been added as well, a Prison level for those itching for a tough fight, plus several smaller maps. inXile estimates that the new areas push the gameplay past the 30-hour mark.

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Wasteland 2 enters beta for backers, Steam Early Access tomorrow

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inXile’s first Kickstarter-funded project, Wasteland 2, has entered beta. The post-apocalyptic role-playing game, sequel to 1988’s pioneering Wasteland, is now playable for campaign backers and will enter Steam Early Access tomorrow for everyone else. The sequel is set 15 years after the original with players taking control of a party of Desert Rangers who are out to protect the wastes. The beta includes four major areas, along with their side areas, plus the character-creation system, world map travel, and random encounters. Additional areas set to be added as development continues.

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Wasteland 1 – The Original Classic now available on GOG, Steam

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inXile has brought back Wasteland. Not the successful Kickstarter-funded sequel but the 1988 original, courtesy of digital distribution. Released last Friday as a backer reward for its Kickstarter campaign, Wasteland 1 – The Original Classic is now available for all via GOG.com and Steam. The $5.99 download takes players back to 2087, 89 years after a nuclear war has left Earth irradiated and nearly uninhabitable. As the leader of a band of Rangers, players will take to the wilds in order to battle bandits and mutated animals as they track down a new, even more dangerous threat. This latest version has been updated to run on modern systems and includes an expanded save function, new voice-over work, support for higher resolutions (with a choice of classic or smooth visuals), tracks from Wasteland 2, and text from the original pack-in book and manual.

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