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The folks at n-Space have announced that Sword Coast Legends is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in addition to Mac, Linux and PC. The consoles release won't launch alongside the PC version of the game, but are apparently meant for a late 2015, while the PC, Mac and Linux versions of the game will come out on September 8th.
Here's the trailer for this year's E3:
And the press release:
SWORD COAST LEGENDSâ„¢ COMING TO XBOX ONE AND PLAYSTATION®4
Dungeons & Dragons-based RPG to Release on PC September 8 and on Console Late 2015;
Discounted Pre-Orders Now Available for Steam and PS4
ORLANDO, Fla. -- June 9, 2015 -- Independent developers, n-Space and Digital Extremes, announced today their upcoming Sword Coast Legendsâ„¢, a party-based RPG set in the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) Forgotten Realms universe from Wizards of the Coast, will be released for both the PlayStation®4 System and the Xbox One. The previously announced PC, Mac and Linux versions of Sword Coast Legends will now officially release on September 8, 2015, while today's newly announced Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game will become available late 2015.
"We've had a clear goal since day one to evoke the classic D&D experience between four players and a Dungeon Master, and to bring back memories of the great D&D games of the past," said Dan Tudge, President of n-Space and Director for Sword Coast Legends. "After we announced and demonstrated Sword Coast Legends to overwhelmingly positive response at GDC, the press, partners, and fans all requested more. They wanted Mac, so we're doing it. They wanted Linux, so we're doing it. They clamored for console... so we circled back and figured out how to do it without compromising our vision for PC gamers. This addition to our existing PC, Mac and Linux versions ensures gamers will be able to have that classic D&D experience whenever, wherever and however they want."
"We love that Sword Coast Legends delivers the authentic D&D experience by letting friends tell great fantasy stories together," said Nathan Stewart, brand director of Dungeons & Dragons. "With Sword Coast Legends being available on so many platforms, it doesn't matter if you game on a couch, at the kitchen table or your desk -- you'll be able to join your party for some glorious D&D dungeon delves."
Sword Coast Legends presents the most true-to-form representation of classic tabletop adventuring ever realized in a cooperative multiplayer video game. The game's highly innovative Dungeon Master Mode introduces players to an entirely new way to play Dungeons & Dragons with a real-time, active and reactive Dungeon Master in cooperative multiplayer sessions and campaigns.
Here are some of Sword Coast Legends features:
- Massive story campaign
- Complex storyline weaving throughout the exotic Forgotten Realms' Sword Coast
- Deep character customization, engrossing party-based gameplay and NPC interaction
- Highly customizable combat and challenging monster encounters
- Campaign creation tools for extended multiplayer adventures
- The latest streamlined fifth edition D&D rules
- Robust post-launch module expansion program
- Epic orchestral soundtrack from composer Inon Zur
Sword Coast Legends is currently available for pre-order from Steam and the PlayStation Store at a limited and discounted price of $34.99. PlayStation 4 pre-orders also include a bonus $10 worth of Warframeâ„¢ Platinum in-game currency. Digital Deluxe and Collector's Editions, which include a tome of knowledge, cloth map of the Sword Coast, the official soundtrack, numerous in-game bonuses, starter items and DM abilities, as well as a statue of the powerful demon Belaphoss (Collector's Edition) are also available for pre-order for $59.99 and $239.99, respectively, from www.SwordCoast.com.
I have to confess, I'm pretty curious to see how the game will play on consoles, as most of the RTwP interfaces I've seen are very mouse-heavy. Transporting games like Baldur's Gate and Pillars of Eternity to consoles would hardly be impossible, but I feel like the result would be fairly clunky. Hopefully no compromises have been made to the PC interface to accommodate the port. Either way, this has been a fantastic year for RPG fans, with a very large number of releases, many of them highly acclaimed to boot. Let's hope Sword Coast Legends will be remembered as one of them.