inXile Entertainment has announced The Mage’s Tale for Oculus Rift and Touch will launch June 20, 2017. For fans of The Bard’s Tale series, The Mage’s Tale is an exciting opportunity. Set between the events of The Bard’s Tale III: Thief of Fate and the upcoming The Bard’s Tale IV, The Mage’s Tale for Oculus offers players a unique chance to revisit – and step inside – the world.
inXile Entertainment is the developer behind some of today’s most revered RPGs, such as 2014 Game of the Year Wasteland 2 and Torment: Tides of Numenera, a 2017 Develop Awards nominee. They are currently developing both The Bard’s Tale IV and Wasteland 3.
“Our goal was to use the old school tried and true methods of game design and integrate that with everything that Virtual Reality offers. We wanted to get away from the VR “experience” and create the kind of meaty and full-scale game that gamers appreciate,” said Brian Fargo, dungeon crawler expert and CEO of inXile Entertainment.
The Mage’s Tale is a 10+ hour dungeon crawler RPG set in the dungeons below Skara Brae. The Mage’s Tale for Oculus offers players the ability to craft hundreds of spells, explore dungeons, solve puzzles,and fight creatures. The Mage’s Tale score was produced and composed by Ged Grimes of Simple Minds and features some of the top Gaelic singers in the world such as the Elidh Mackenzie, Fiona Mackenzie, Kathleen MacInnes, and Peigi Barker (voice of Merida in the film Brave).
Welcome, oh apprentice of the mystic arts! The corrupt wizard Gaufroi has kidnapped your master, Mage Alguin, and only you have any hope of saving him. To win the day, you will need to explore ten deadly dungeons – including the maze-like sewers of Skara Brae and the horrific living tombs of the bloodthirsty Charn – decipher mind-bending puzzles, avoid terrifying traps, and vanquish hordes of vicious monsters.
But worry not! You wield raw elemental power in the palm of your hand, allowing you to sling gouts of flame, javelins of ice, arcs of lightning, and swirling tempests, which can finish off any fiend that stands in your way – from the snarkiest goblin to the burliest giant. Additionally, as you delve deeper into the depths, you will discover and master forgotten secrets, ancient lore, and powerful spell reagents with which you can craft increasingly exotic spells to defeat even greater foes. You may be an apprentice now, but to save your master, this must become your Mage’s Tale.
Definitely exciting news for Bard’s Tale fans, to see the tale coming to the VR world. The Mage’s Tale for Oculus Rift and Touch should be a great way to fill the void as players await Bard’s Tale IV. Additionally, fans can pre-order The Mage’s Tale on the Oculus Store now and receive a 10% discount off the $39.99 launch price.
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