NEWS - Monday, June 14, 2004

The Bard’s Tale Is Coming

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Interactive entertainment developer and publisher inXile entertainment today announced that it has secured the name, The Bard’s Tale, for its eagerly anticipated action-role playing game (RPG) for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC. The game will be titled "The Bard’s Tale" globally and is on schedule to release worldwide in the fall of 2004. The Bard’s Tale" is an action-RPG where the player takes on the role of the Bard -- a sardonic and opportunistic musician and adventurer, driven by carnal rather than noble pursuits. The Bard, voiced by actor Cary Elwes of "The Princess Bride" and "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" fame, is not interested in saving the world, his humble motivations are strictly "coin and cleavage." A truly non-linear game, the player chooses the Bard’s responses towards other characters he encounters with either ’snarky’ or ’nice’ dialogue. Each choice changes the course of events in the game. The action takes place in medieval times in a land based on the Orkney Islands off the coast of Scotland -- the inspiration for many of the classic fantasy stories. Details and images of the game are available for viewing at inXile’s website The Bards Tale The Bard’s Tale" is being published by inXile entertainment and distributed by Vivendi Universal Games in North America and being published by Acclaim in Europe for a global release in the fourth quarter of 2004 About inXile Headquartered in Newport Beach, California, inXile entertainment was founded in 2002 by industry veteran Brian Fargo, who turned one of the first small game developers from the early 1980s into one of the top 5 PC game publishers of the 1990s. Development focus is on producing Role-Playing Games (RPGs) from a legacy of creating and releasing iconoclastic RPGs to market like "Wasteland," "Dragon Wars," "Fallout," "Neuromancer," and "Baldur’s Gate." For more information, visit


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