So inXile Entertainment has finally unleashed the final and complete version of The Bard’s Tale IV. This completed version of the game fixes, adds in and completes a ton of content from within the original game. The Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut edition is out today for PC, bringing a ton of new content to the mix.
For one thing, a bunch of bugs, performance issues and other problems have been dealt with. This should address many complaints players had with the original game. And yes, people who already own the original version of game will get the Director’s Cut upgrade for free. And you’ll want to do that due to all of the new content, and the impressive visual upgrade.
All the features courtesy of inXile Entertainment:
- A new end-game chapter that adds hours of additional content
- New enemies, items, and weapons, including dwarven master-crafted weapons
- Thousands of fixes and improvements across the game
- Refined and more feature-rich UI
- More class/gender character creation options
- Rebalanced combat and encounters
- Additional difficulty settings
- Full gamepad support across all platforms
It’s technically a separate game though due to all of these changes, so you may have to start all over again. Although if you have a save file from The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep, you can pick up from where you left off.
It was also released on Xbox Game Pass, so Ultimate users can grab it on both Xbox One and PC as of now. This is great, as gamers have been waiting months for this after the game was delayed back in 2018. One minor complaint I’m seeing is that the Xbox version isn’t Xbox One X Enhanced. This means 4K displays might have trouble displaying crisper text and scenes, so they may be blurry.
You can see some of these elements in the new trailer released for the game below.
There are actually two separate versions of The Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut. There’s a $34.99 USD standard edition which includes the recut version of the game, a digital code wheel, a digital guidebook, a digital manual, and the Fire Horn in-game item. The $49.99 USD Digital Deluxe Edition offers all that and more. In addition to all the other parts, you get a high-resolution map and wallpaper, digital novellas, a digital art book, a digital songbook, and the soundtrack. The pricier version also comes with three additional in-game items: Kael’s Axe, Red Boots, and Bardic Brian Skin & Booty.
The Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut can be picked up at the Steam store starting today.