Our former John (RPS in peace) declared The Bard’s Tale IV to be “a shoddy old mess burying some good ideas” right after it launched in September 2018. Faint praise certainly for InXile Entertainment’s revival of the fantasy RPG series. Just below 1 year later, InXile have relaunched the game as a “Director’s Cut” with a huge load of bug fixes, tweaks, new areas to plunder, new baddies to bash, efficiency improvements, and extra. May well this clear some off the muck off the game’s superior components and let them shine extra? If you purchased it the 1st time about you can see for free of charge, as original owners automatically get the Director’s Reduce as well.
The Director’s Reduce brings a new dungeon, new bosses, new weapons, new armour, a huge ol’ rebalancing of products and the economy, tweaks to the difficulty curve, interface alterations, updated localisations for other languages, bug fixes, efficiency improvements, and a entire lot of other items detailed in the launch announcement.
Eagled-eyed players noticed the new version is seeking a small diverse, and some have griped about a “downgrade.” Enter InXile communications director Micah “whippleshuffle” Whipple to clarify why that is.
A single instant situation is that the dynamic lighting is not operating on characters, when it need to be – and is in their personal internal builds. “We think it need to be a pretty straightforward repair, but it is a genuine bug,” he says.
Beyond that, inXile have intentionally altered the appear. Following several complaints about the original version’s poor efficiency, Whipple says they produced “a visual trade-off” by switching some shadows from dynamic to baked. That could possibly not appear as fancy, but Micah says InXile believe the alter “leads to an all round enhanced practical experience.” They’ve also, he says, “made some stylistic alterations in the Director’s Reduce to particular regions of the game to alter the coloration, lighting, atmospheric effects, and so forth. to address some complaints from the original release and produce a extra constant stylised appear.”
So yes, it appears diverse: partially owing to a bug partially to strengthen efficiency and partially to straight-up appear diverse.
Anyway! The Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Reduce is out now on Steam and GOG for £25/€35/$35. They’re beginning fresh with new shop pages, which I guess clears out the preceding middling critiques. Folks who get it by 5pm on September 3rd will get the original Bard’s Tale trilogy thrown in. People who backed the Kickstarter to get the game will get the Deluxe Edition of the Director’s Reduce (which contains that trilogy), coming automatically on Steam or with an upgrade essential on GOG.