[HTML1] Old-school RPGs are having a real resurgence as of late. Last year saw the release of Wasteland 2, a crowd funded post-apocaltypic RPG and follow-up to the title that influenced the Fallout franchise. Wasteland 2 was a real success, with the title picking up some serious critical acclaim. Meanwhile, Obsidian has been busy getting fantasy RPG Pillars of Eternity ready for its March 26 release date – although due to some strict manufacturing timeframes, the Collector's Edition may have to release without a physical copy of the game. The gaming world has even seen a brief return to the tabletop games on which the RPG foundations were built. Shadowrun Returns was another highly successful Kickstarter project, based on the cyberpunk tabletop game of the same name. Meanwhile, prodigal titles such as Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale, based upon the Dungeons & Dragons rule set, have had their legacy continued through HD remakes – and there is even another Baldur's Gate game in the pipeline. Apparently the much-loved Dungeons & Dragons universe is still ripe for exploration. It's been revealed that another game set in the Forgotten Realms is set to release this year. The game is called Sword Coast Legends, and as the name suggests, it is set in the region that has given gamers the memorable adventures of Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights.
A teaser trailer was released yesterday, giving a brief glimpse at the gameplay on show. It will look familiar to any fans of late-1990s RPGs, with its isometric viewpoint and stunning backdrops. The gameplay is based on the fifth generation Dungeons & Dragons ruleset, and even has the backing of Wizards of the Coast. The team working on the title is certainly impressive. The Sword Coast Legends team is being led by Dragon Age: Origins director Dan Tudge, and is a collaboration between n-Space and Digital Extremes, the latter of which developed Warframe. The game itself certainly has some interesting elements. A single-player mode is the bread-and-butter, with a promised in-depth story and narrative experience worthy of the game's setting, but the real eye-turner is the possibility for multiplayer. Up to four players can join forces against a fifth player, taking the place of the Dungeon Master and creating a unique adventure for the other players. It's stated that this game mode should be "non-adversarial," clearly suggesting that user-created content could follow the same storytelling sentiments of the tabletop game. So far, though, information is still thin on the ground. Sword Coast Legends is currently available for pre-order on Steam, with bundle deals available for fans wanting the 4-versus-1 experience. It all sounds very promising so far, though, particularly given that the development team apparently contains staff who have worked on Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights. We'll keep an eye out for any more updates. Sword Coast Legends is currently set for release on Windows in 2015.