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From the creators of Wasteland 2 and Torment comes the long awaited sequel to the Bard's Tale trilogy. Thank you for making this game a reality. The bard is back!
From the creators of Wasteland 2 and Torment comes the long awaited sequel to the Bard's Tale trilogy. Thank you for making this game a reality. The bard is back!
33,741 backers pledged $1,519,680 to help bring this project to life.

The Original Trilogy Coming FREE, Deluxe Double Album Soundtrack Upgrade

Posted by inXile entertainment (Creator)

Exciting news today: every backer of The Bard’s Tale IV ($20 or more) will get free digital copies of the original The Bard’s Tale, The Bard’s Tale II: The Destiny Knight and The Bard’s Tale III: Thief of Fate!

The originals! We can’t get you these boxes but don’t forget The Bard’s Tale IV comes in this style album box in the $65 tier. Photo credit @joefielderIII
The originals! We can’t get you these boxes but don’t forget The Bard’s Tale IV comes in this style album box in the $65 tier. Photo credit @joefielderIII

Even before we launched the Kickstarter, we were constantly asked "can you do a re-release of the original The Bard’s Tale trilogy" and we heard you. We have been hard at work behind the scenes looking at ways to make it happen! The first step was getting Electronic Arts to sign on as they own the publishing rights to the old games, having originally brought them to the market in the mid-80s. EA very graciously had no objections at all, a big thanks to them for their help in making this giveaway happen.

The emulated versions of the classic games will be released for free at the end of the campaign for every backer at $20 or higher, and distributed through our backer web site. This is our way of giving our thanks back to you for all your support and helping us bring back The Bard's Tale.

Some of you may know that the emulated versions of these games work on most modern machines, but are a little rough around the edges. Thus, we have an agreement with the original The Bard’s Tale III programmer Rebecca "Burger" Heineman and her company Olde Sküül to update the games for modern machines! She will be working to make the games run natively, without needing emulators, on PC or Mac. This re-releases will be primarily based on the Apple IIGS versions of the games, along with updated art.

We’ll get you the emulated versions of the trilogy as soon as the Kickstarter ends and our backer site is up. Meanwhile, Rebecca will be working on the updated versions of the games and if that goes well we’ll get you those as soon as she delivers them to us, also for free! As we’re not working on these versions ourselves we cannot give an ETA or guarantee on their release, we’ll all be waiting for Rebecca to deliver us an upgraded version worthy of the name!

Of course, playing the originals will not be necessary to follow the story of The Bard’s Tale IV, but we hope you’ll jump on the opportunity to experience them as thousands of fans did back in the day!

Deluxe Double Album Soundtrack and Add-Ons!

We've been looking at our plans for the soundtrack and realized that with multiple musicians working on this (including the very talented Julie Fowlis who you heard in the in-engine video) we're simply going to have too many songs to put on one CD. So we're expanding the soundtrack to a Deluxe Double Album!

If your tier already contains the soundtrack (that is tiers $50, $70 and $95 and up), whether digital or physical, you are now upgraded to the Deluxe Double Album! Physical tiers receive two CDs and digital tiers receive both albums digitally.

The soundtrack has also been one of our most-requested add-ons, so we're now making these digital add-ons available:

$8 - Digital The Bard's Tale IV Base Soundtrack

$15 - Digital The Bard's Tale Iv Deluxe Double Album

New Tiers

We have rolled out new reward tiers for you guys to choose from. First up, we have the $33 Guide to Skara Brae tier that includes the Digital Guidebook and Digital Artbook, and by popular demand, we have brought back the Supreme Box Collector tier at $675 for those who want to fill out their shelves!

If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the full reward matrix on our Tumblr for easy reference for what each reward tier contains.

Brian Fargo Leader in Exile


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    1. cimerians on

      Great! Would be nice to get some music added to the original games too. Like while you walk around or something. Always used to envy Ultima's excellent wandering tunes but when playing Bards Tale was just a little too much like a silent movie. :)

    2. Chris Liptau

      This is awesome. Thank you! Can you give some more details about the differences between the two soundtrack versions? Is the deluxe version the same as the basic soundtrack or is it also in FLAC?

    3. Thad Mixson on

      I'm quite glad to hear this! I assume they will come with some way to duplicate the results from the word wheel needed in 3?

    4. Christian Dannie Storgaard

      Will the original trilogy also come to Linux?

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      Michael Miguel-Sanchez on

      After backing this I decided to try out the originals again, with them being included in The Bard's Tale. The graphics were the same as I remember from C64, however whenever I tried to leave the camp for the first time (BT3) it came up with a copy protection error. Hopefully this version will be more reliable. That being said, the originals on iPad look awesome, I just don't have a keyboard on that and playing with onscreen keyboard is a pain.

    6. Sir Chaox on

      So the updated version of the games by Rebecca and her team... What does this entail exactly? New graphics?

      Thanks for doing this, I can't wait to try them out! :D

    7. shibby191 on

      So what is this new digital guidebook? And YES on the remastered BT1-3, can't wait to relive my childhood!

    8. Stephen Shulusky on

      The IIgs version of the game was amazing in comparison to the II version. I had a friend who had it back in the day and the music and graphics were completely retooled from the original.

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      draelix on

      Hope the Apple IIgs BT3 version look more like the MS-DOS/Amiga version than the Apple II version...the latter is pretty ugly.

    10. Peter Kelly

      Will the Bards Tale originals be playable on Linux?

    11. Ronny Bangsund on

      Bloody great news! Sooo…Bard's Tale Construction Set being ported too? ;)

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      SXF on

      Outstanding news. Can't wait to see the upgraded versions.

    13. Luke Keppler

      Does the agreement with EA allow putting the original trilogy on the physical disc as a bonus? I would infinitely prefer them physically.

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      Darin McBride on

      I'm hoping that by "PC" you mean to include "Linux" :) Then again, beggars and choosers and all that. (Even if it works under wine, that'd be awesome.)

    15. Steven Harbron on

      Thanks for the confirmation.
      EB up for grabs in about 1 minute.

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      Aninja Helene Grøn on

      Oh, this is wonderful! I'll join the choir in thanking you for the original games, especially the new versions, but perhaps mostly for expanding the soundtrack. Old game music keeps my favorite games alive to me for years after. I still listen regularly (often daily) to the music from Torment, The Longest Journey and others.

    17. inXile entertainment 3-time creator on

      @Steven Harbron Just to confirm, upgrading your pledge does NOT affect your free bonus game!

    18. Steven Harbron on

      Thank you for BT 1-3, I would have taken them in a heart beat, if they were offered as an add on.
      If I increase my pledge will it affect my backer number, as I am an early bird for the WL2 bonus.

    19. Scott - Ascendant Bard of the Unknown on

      InXile: "We're starting a new campaign"
      Me: "Here is all the money. What is it?"
      InXile: "It's what you've always wanted"
      Me: "Wow, yes! The money is still sitting there. Still yours!"
      InXile: "We've decided to give you a bunch of indescribably awesome stuff along with your already purchased awesomeness"
      Me: "I don't . . . what to say . . . **shoves money in their pockets** TAKE IT! TAKE IT!"

    20. Darren Wade on

      @tarasis, From what I remember, the IIGS versions music wasn't as cool as the Amiga versions, but I don't remember the graphical differences. If they are updating and cleaning up the art to Amiga level, that will be awesome. I know that the Amiga version at my friend's house was very pretty compared to the PC games I played at home.

    21. Jeremie Lariviere

      Exciting news!

    22. tarasis on

      Great to hear @Olde Sküül, really looking forward to seeing what you produce. (I don't know how the IIGS Versions stack up to the Amiga versions)

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      Kenneth Leider

      Thank you so much for giving away the original games (I would have bought them if available).

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      Shmerl on

      About soundtrack - can you please clarify if it will include FLAC option in the digital version?

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      Shmerl on

      @otosnede: Yes, that's how add-ons work. Up your pledge by that amount, and later there should be surveys how to allocate that.

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      BladeRnr on

      @otosnede You have to keep your chosen reward the same, but manually enter the amount you wish to pledge (X + 8$) in the box at the top of the page. As far as I'm aware, you have to access the full page for this to work, as it doesn't work either on the mobile page or on the Kickstarter app.

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      Shmerl on

      > @Olde Sküül: One tidbit of the update, they are being made from the
      > ORIGINAL SOURCE CODE, this is not emulation.

      That's cool!

      How hard would it be for you to make a Linux release too? If you plan to use something like SDL2 it can be easier.

    28. Sir Eyeball on

      YAY The original reworked for new computers is the best new. I thought it would be a Stretch goal but right of the bat is just generous. Thank you.

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      JediaKyrol on

      The games will be free...but the code wheels will cost you your first-born child!

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      negatus on

      Considering Rebecca Heineman is diligently working on her Dragon Wars 2 project, I'm kinda surprised she has time to spruce up The Bard's Tale 1-3. Still this is good news since the versions included with the 2004 Bard's Tale is super crashtastic.

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      BladeRnr on

      Awesome update! It convinced me to upgrade my pledge to the collector's edition. Ever since the fall from grace of Bioware, there hasn't been company that guaranteed auto-buys from me. Looks like inXile is ready to take its place! Plus I want to try to support your move to a Kickstarter-based model. "By gamers, for gamers!"

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      Mawthra on

      I want the Digital Deluxe Double Soundtrack... will that be available as an add-on AFTER the Kickstarter? Or do I just go ahead and up my pledge NOW by $15? I see the graphic showing the add-on's, but I don't see where to add it.


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      Troy Lee on

      Wow, never knew there was an un-released IIgs version of BT3. The things you learn from Kickstarter.

    34. Olde Sküül on

      One tidbit of the update, they are being made from the ORIGINAL SOURCE CODE, this is not emulation. All the game logic will be based on the IIgs versions (Including the unreleased IIgs version of Bard's Tale III).

    35. JoelofDeath on

      Classy move, inXile. Great to see Becky getting on board too. She is a gun and probably knows the BT 1-3 code better than anyone.

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      Shmerl on

      Thanks! Please consider making a Linux version of remastered original trilogy too!

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      Troy Lee on

      Just one note please, for both the emulated and re-mastered versions of Bard's Tale III, can you please ensure these versions have the correct drop rate for harmonic gems and encounter rate?

      I've always heard that the Amiga and DOS versions drop-rate for gems was practically 0 making the game impossible to play (have to return to the surface and wait around for 30+ minutes for SP to regen. And this was apparently not an issue for the original C64 and Apple II releases.

      Oh and I guess I don't need to mention the code-wheel issue from back in the day with the Ultimate RPG archives, but just bringing it up because I care!

      At any rate, THANK YOU SO MUCH for the re-releases. Both emulated and re-mastered. You are the MAN!

    38. MiniatureAddict (needs to paint) on

      thank you! I'm one of those who asked for BT1-3, so thanks for rereleasing it.

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      Bansheedragon on

      Woha, hold the press here.
      EA had no objections?
      They didn't charge an arm and a leg for it?

      I honestly have to say I'm a bit surprised that EA was willing to agree to this so readily.
      My impression of them isn't exactly of someone being as forthcoming as this.

      But regardless of that I have to say this is amazing.
      I never played the original games, to be honest I never even heard of them before this KS run for a fourth was announced.
      Being able to play the originals should make this latest one even more enjoyable, as it gives me some background for it.

    40. Brian Fargo - Chief Tormentor

      @truls.. Oh don't think I forgot about your kidney donation!

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      Daz Moore on

      I think it I bought my first copy of Bard's tale on my C64. OMG I now feel old

    42. Stewart Downie on

      Wait! The Julie Fowlis from Brave ("Touch the Sky", "Into the open air")? Shiny!

    43. bitmap on

      What about a tier for The Tormented, Irradiated Bard that includes the two lore sets and the CDs and such, some middle ground between the $75 and $200 tiers?

    44. Juris Storm on

      "too many songs to put on one CD"??! That's a GOOD problem to have! LOL! Thanks for treating us to even more soundtrack awesomeness, inXile!

    45. Serena Nelson - Hero of the AGRM

      This is amazing. I have only played the first game and that was so long ago I barely remember it. You guys rock and I look forward to playing the original trilogy when the campaign end. :D

    46. Truls Bjørvik

      This is quite some news; back in 2012 - in the Fargoal thread - me and another backer actually "pledged" a kidney for a remake of the original games! To get them without such an ordeal... priceless!

    47. Helspyre on

      Thank you for the extras! Hmmm...wish I would have kept my old graph paper maps now.

    48. ☆ dlux ☆ on

      Cool. :) Looking forward to playing the classics without Dosbox.

    49. BruceP - Chameleon Prime

      That is great news!