The Bard’s Tale Trilogy and Wasteland 30th Anniversary Edition are both heading to PC and Xbox One this year. The Bard’s Tale Trilogy will hit Origin, Steam, GOG, and Xbox Game Pass for Xbox One and PC on August 13th, and the Wasteland 30th Anniversary Edition drops in Q4 2019.
“It’s pretty special to be able to bring back the classic Bard’s Tale games and original Wasteland, which helped to inspire the Fallout series. This was an opportunity that came about thanks to our new partnership with Microsoft, and it’ll be wonderful nostalgia for the people who grew up with these games, and a peek into the history of the early RPG genre for a brand new audience,” said Brian Fargo, founder, inXile entertainment.
The Bard’s Tale Trilogy will have all three original games (Tales of the Unknown, The Destiny Knight, and Thief of Fate). Each game is remastered with updated graphics and audio. The Bard’s Tale series pioneered the ability to transfer your characters from the first game to the next, and that’s been recreated in this remastered Trilogy, allowing RPGers to form a party in the first title and take them on a heroic journey across all three games. A host of Quality-of-life improvements were added, such as automapping (which may be the best out of all of them), an in-game manual/bestiary, and the ability to save at any time. All three games will feature Legacy Mode, which is a series of options to experience the game at its original difficulty, and without any of those changes.
In Wasteland, a nuclear holocaust laid the American Southwest barren, and only the Desert Rangers stand in the way of lawlessness. But something more secretive and sinister than the usual roving bands of mutants and raiders is menacing humanity, and they must investigate. It’s up to the player to roam this lawless wasteland and set things right. You can do this again, in Spring 2020.