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doccarnby
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Posted - 13 Dec 2019 :  03:55:56  Show Profile Send doccarnby a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
https://www.pcgamer.com/dark-alliance-the-dandd-action-rpg-is-heading-to-icewind-dale-in-2020/

New Dark Alliance game, seemingly titled 'Dark Alliance', is due some time in 2020. Apparently set in Icewind Dale, starring Drizzt and his supporting cast. No gameplay, just a prerendered trailer so there's not too much to talk about on that front yet. The trailer... seems to have been made back in the mid-2000's? The music choice reminds me of that one Dragon Age trailer with the Marilyn Manson song. I don't want to be too down on it, it is just a prerendered trailer after all, but... man, it's a bad trailer.

Official website:
https://www.darkalliance.com/

deserk
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Posted - 13 Dec 2019 :  04:13:58  Show Profile Send deserk a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yup. Terrible choice of music. But yes, too early make any certain judgment.

I hope the gameplay is somewhat like Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance. That there is some merit in using that title. And would have preferred to have had fresh, new, original characters to play, like BGDA1 & 2 did. Drizzt, Wulfgar, Catti-brie and Bruenor are technically incredibly powerful within the setting. Seems like a bad idea for players to start out with.
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jamesewelch
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Posted - 13 Dec 2019 :  13:59:04  Show Profile Send jamesewelch a Private Message  Reply with Quote
YouTube video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mfjdNf0SDY

The dev's twitter says its releasing for both PC and console.

Also, AJ Pickett was the D&D lore consultant.

Edited by - jamesewelch on 13 Dec 2019 14:00:33
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jamesewelch
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Posted - 13 Dec 2019 :  18:45:14  Show Profile Send jamesewelch a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I saw a link to a Hasbro report saying that WotC's D&D division acquired that game development studio. So they have their own in-house game studio now, just for D&D. The report also said they expect "more than a dozen" games to be released over the next "5-6 years."
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sleyvas
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USA
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Posted - 13 Dec 2019 :  22:46:35  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
god I wish I was younger and had more time free.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas
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Dalor Darden
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USA
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Posted - 13 Dec 2019 :  22:51:57  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by jamesewelch

I saw a link to a Hasbro report saying that WotC's D&D division acquired that game development studio. So they have their own in-house game studio now, just for D&D. The report also said they expect "more than a dozen" games to be released over the next "5-6 years."



Can you share a link to this please?

The Old Grey Box and AD&D for me!
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jamesewelch
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Posted - 13 Dec 2019 :  23:04:24  Show Profile Send jamesewelch a Private Message  Reply with Quote
(PDF, page 9) https://investor.hasbro.com/static-files/f1218968-2bf5-45e2-bf2b-64c55090760f

paragraph quoted:
quote:

Through both in-house development and with partners, the Wizards of the
Coast team has close to a dozen games in development for delivery over
the next 5 to 6 years. This includes Baldur’s Gate 3, a highly anticipated
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS game we recently announced with our partner
Larian.




Then about WotC buying the game dev studio is everywhere on internet, here's one page https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2019-10-29-wizards-of-the-coast-acquires-tuque-games


Edited by - jamesewelch on 13 Dec 2019 23:06:28
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Dalor Darden
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USA
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Posted - 13 Dec 2019 :  23:11:26  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Reading that, it isn't implicit that the games will all be digital...it could mean another addition to the editions...

The Old Grey Box and AD&D for me!
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Seravin
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Posted - 14 Dec 2019 :  10:01:58  Show Profile Send Seravin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
That trailer was god awful. Who is it meant to appeal to anyway? Hopefully its a good game regardless.
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VikingLegion
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USA
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Posted - 14 Dec 2019 :  11:13:58  Show Profile Send VikingLegion a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Seravin

That trailer was god awful. Who is it meant to appeal to anyway? Hopefully its a good game regardless.



I was just saying this to a friend yesterday. The artwork looks terrible, the characters (particularly Drizzt) move so unnaturally, like both of his arms are completely independent entities and have no relation at all to his shoulders or torso. Plus I detest that angle they use, that I also see in a lot of TV shows now, where the camera is mounted on the person's chest looking up at their face as they sprint by. It's nauseating.

Maybe I'm just spoiled by Blizzard level quality cut-scenes, but this one was almost inexcusable in 2019. I did, however, love the gameplay of the original Dark Alliance, so if it looks and plays anything like that I can easily ignore a shoddy animation that isn't actual gameplay footage.
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