Developer inXile has revealed that Scottish-scented dungeon crawler The Bard’s Tale 4 will launch for PC on September 18.
This also happens to be a whopping 30 years after the release of Interplay’s The Bard’s Tale 3: Thief of Fate, which came out on the Apple II and Commodore 64 in 1988. Blimey, that’s almost as old as me.
inXile also developed The Bard’s Tale for PC back in 2004, although that wasn’t related to the original 1985 Tales of the Unknown, Volume I: The Bard’s Tale.
The Bard’s Tale 4 got off the ground thanks to a Kickstarter initiative, which generated a massive $1.5 million from over 33,000 backers. Set in a fantasy realm inspired by ancient Scotland, the sequel features a story penned by Wasteland 2’s Nathan Long, plus over 30 hours of Gaelic music composed by Ged Grimes of Scottish rock legends Simple Minds.
Ged is a brilliantly underrated bass player, and the Minds are a lot like U2, only better and nowhere near as annoying. Their new album Walk Between Worlds is awesome; Jim Kerr has still got some mighty pipes.
Finally, inXile also confirmed that The Bard’s Tale 4 will launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year, though an exact release date has yet to be confirmed.