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Early Bard's Tale IV backers will get a choice of three free games

The Bard's Tale IV

The Bard's Tale IV Kickstarter begins tomorrow, and if you're giving thought to backing it, you might want to do so within the first day. Why? Because anyone who does so will be given a free copy of The Witcher, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, or Wasteland 2.

The first thing I thought after I read about this offer is that if you're the sort of person who might back the new Bard's Tale on its first day, then the great likelihood is that you already own all of these games. But maybe the post-apocalypse isn't your bag, or maybe you missed The Witcher when it came out—it was eight years ago, after all.

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Whatever your excuse, this is a good way to snag a freebie while doing something you were going to do anyway. And if you do happen to own all three, you can always opt for Wasteland 2 on Steam (the Witcher games are being offered exclusively through GOG) and gift it to someone who hasn't yet had the pleasure.

"This is our way to show our gratitude to those who continue to support us," inXile boss Brian Fargo said. "We’re also very happy to be working with our friends at CD Projekt, who have shown they understand the right way to treat your fans!"

Fargo said in a May interview that The Bard's Tale IV will be a proper sequel to the original, 80s-era trilogy, but promised that it will appeal to modern gamer sensibilities as well, despite its old-school roots. The free game offer will be available during the first 24 hours of the Kickstarter campaign, to anyone who pledges at the $20 tier or higher; the games will be distributed once the campaign has ended and pledges have been collected.

Andy Chalk
Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.