During The Game Awards 2019, a new Dungeons & Dragons game, Dark Alliance, was revealed. The game, a co-op action RPG that follows on from the earlier Dark Alliance games, isn’t the only Dungeons & Dragons game on the horizon. Baldur’s Gate III has also been announced, and several other games are currently at various stages of development.
Talking to gamesindustry.biz, parent company Wizards of the Coast president Chris Cocks says that they currently have “seven or eight” D&D games in the works. “We want each game to have a point of view, and to really keep on just a couple of things and do it really, really well,” he told the site, suggesting that each project needs to do something different. “What you don’t want to do is have every game in the franchise try to do the same thing, and try to do everything all at once.”
Cocks says that their goal is to facilitate many different experiences. “We want to open it up, open up the narrative possibilities, the character development, open up the level of problem solving and combat opportunities and thrills that players can be able to experience.” He says that they’ll do this across “a variety of genres.” He also says that every game in the works will feature a “single-player experience,” even though Dungeons & Dragons is traditionally a co-op experience.
According to Cocks, the team is working to mine the considerable lore built up around the Dungeons & Dragons brand across several different games. “Literally thousands of books, hundreds of which are bestsellers… So there is a lot you have to build upon.”
Baldur’s Gate III is in the work at Larian Studios, the developers of Divinity. It will be based on Dungeons & Dragons’ 5th edition. Third-person hack-and-slash action RPG Dark Alliance, meanwhile, is coming to PC and unannounced consoles; a release date has not yet been set.
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