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D&D Dark Alliance - co-op action RPG where you play Drizzt's party, set in Icewind Dale

Discussion in 'General RPG Discussion' started by LESS T_T, Apr 25, 2019.

  1. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    https://darkalliance.com



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    The studio released a top-down shooter called Livelock in 2016 (and tried to fund a mech action RPG World War Machine before that), and now building up to be a AAA studio.

    https://www.tuquegames.com/games/game-2

    https://www.tuquegames.com/news/building-a-aaa-game-studio-from-scratch

    Job postings hint this is a "co-op action RPG" with quests (duh), "in-game barks and banter", powered by Unreal Engine 4.

    https://www.tuquegames.com/careers/narradive-designer-writer
    https://www.facebook.com/artoflincolnhughes/posts/310390779612481
    https://espresso-jobs.com/en/company/18124/tuque-games-inc/

    May or may not related to this game, from a job posting for 3D artist:

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    Lead Narrative Designer was Lead Writer of Batman: Arkham Origins: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryangalletta/
     
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  2. kain30 Savant

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    co-op action rpg?? fuck this shit. For a D&D videogame give turn based, RTWP or nothing....
     
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  3. Big Wrangle Guest

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    Well, you can't be too niche in your first AAA project for a reason.
     
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  4. Saerain Scholar Patron

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    I'll take co-op ARPG with a good toolset and dedicated server support. Otherwise...
     
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  5. ArchAngel Arcane

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    It does not necessarily need to be rtwp or TB but I bet they are going to turn all abilities into cooldown versions and take liberties when converting them. Just like that MMO Neverwinter did with 4e D&D.
     
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  6. Gunnar Savant

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    I like D&D as much as the next guy but I think it's safe to say that a Dungeons and Dragons video game that involves Wizards of the Coast is going to be shit. Anything aspiring to be "AAA" especially an RPG is strongly indicated for shit. This guy enjoyed Darkest Dungeon for over 100 hours, proof that the Founder of this studio is at least mildly retarded.
     
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  7. frajaq Arbiter

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    Cant wait for them to pick the most boring and blandest setting imaginable from D&D stuff
     
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  8. Thonius Erudite

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    Action RPG? Oh god. They never learn right? Member that game, what was it Sword Coast?
     
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  9. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    Sword Coast Legends wasn't an action-RPG, it was a very dumbed down RTwP.
     
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  10. Max Heap Arbiter

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    D&D and action never went well together.

    There are plenty of those games - from Dark Alliance to Demon Stone - and in all of them the D&D rules were nothing but unnecessary bloat, while the action gameplay tried to copy some other well established franchise. It's the typical curse of licensed games. You got your IP and you are legally bound to do something with it, but it doesn't really work with whatever you want to do, so you deliver a mediocre job on both ends. D&D, Warhammer, Realms of Arkania - there are plenty of franchises that suffer from that.
     
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  11. Safav Hamon Self-Ejected Village Idiot The Real Fanboy

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  12. Thonius Erudite

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    Wiki says it's Action role-playing game. So you know might be Sword Coast v2
     
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  13. V_K Arcane

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    This thread needs more 3-character abbreviations in its title.
     
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  14. Reinhardt Arcane

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    Epic store exclusive.
     
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  15. Trashos Arcane

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    AAA D&D RPG by TG
     
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  16. InD_ImaginE Cipher

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    lol either nobody wants to work on D&D anymore or WotC are dumbfucks who only license their IP to the worst companies possible.

    Sword Coast Legends failed because it is not a game people who want D&D video games want to play.

    Heck, the only people who cares about D&D video games are probably those who play the PnP (which more likely to prefer a turn based RPG) or people growing up on Gold Box or Bioware games (who would prefer TB or RTWP RPG) and both groups definitely want the PnP ruleset to be implemented in the video games instead of having a whatever games with D&D setting.

    Trying to go for mainstream appeal to people who don't fucking care about your IP is very fucking nice idea WoTC. And then choosing random studio with no previous portfolio regarding these kind of games? Good luck. At least if they license the game to Obsidian, CD Project, or heck, even the rotting carcass of Bioware they might still be able to gather some attention solely from the name of the Studio.

    This game will bomb and the company, unfortunately for those working there, will most likely go bankrupt.

    At least the guys at Piazio have the correct idea licensing their game as RTwP RPG.
     
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  17. Jokzore Savant

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    lol
     
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  18. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Former Eidos Montreal designer who worked on Deus Ex Breach and Thief 4 https://www.linkedin.com/in/louis-david-tremblay-68086ab/

    Sounds like pre-gen characters. (Imagining something like Warhammer Vermintide but with more RPG-ish elements in the vein of Diablo model.)
     
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  19. Incendax Augur

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    Sounds more like a multiplayer Baldur’s Gate Dark Alliance.
     
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  20. Thonius Erudite

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    Oh god! We need another L4D clone but now in DnD. ( Who the heck cares about DnD lore except for PnP folks and people with CRPG background?)
     
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  21. Daemongar Arcane Patron

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    In it's defense, there aren't enough Co-Op games, and theoretically a game where players come together and play classes in real time may not be the death of all. BUT I can safely assume this will be a co-op Skyrim clone with token D&D stats, loosely based on the D&D 5th Ed ruleset with players running all over blasting enemies, party mechanics be damned.
     
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  22. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Lead Mission Designer, also former Eidos Montreal designer: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jean-françois-champagne-1896624/

    Design Director, Francois Lapikas, who was gameplay director on Eidos Montreal's canceled Final Fantasy and director on Project MD2 (probably the canceled sequel to Mankind Divided): https://www.linkedin.com/in/francoislapikas/

    There are more developers from Eidos Montreal, but I guess it does not necessarily suggest this game's genre. It's one of big studios, with Ubisoft and WB, in Montreal after all.
     
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  23. VentilatorOfDoom RPG Codex Staff

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    My gut feeling tells me the same it told me when I first heard of Sword Coast Legends: it's gonna be shit. Except this time it smells even shittier.
     
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    I'm impressed that they managed to restore the stained homebrew notes of Brian from Wichita. I'm not sure "steepled" is the word they wanted though.
     
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  25. Crispy Who's really in charge here? Undisputed Queen of Faggotry

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    The only thing that's steepled are my fingers while pondering the incredibly stupid decision to make this an action RPG.

    What a wasted opportunity because the timing is perfect for another true D&D game. Now that Pathfinder: Kingmaker has run its course, if these guys could hurry up and release a good tactical D&D game before Owlcat can pump out what surely will be their successful sequel, they'd do very well.

    Dumb.
     
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