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Sword Coast Legends gameplay shown off in new video

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The makers of Sword Coast Legends have released a ten-minute video showing off the single-player portion of the game. As promised, it looks, and also sounds, very much like the Infinity Engine RPGs of years past.

The video, narrated by Sword Coast Legends President/Director Dan Tudge, features a typical party of four sneaking into the city of Luskan. Once inside, they meet a sketchy-looking character at a seedy bar, head to the local slums, run into a fellow with whom they may or may not have a longstanding beef, and then throw down with the undead. All in a day's work for an adventurer, in other words.

It looks great, but it's the audio cues that really sell it. The voiced responses to orders, the background music and chatter in the Cutlass Inn, and the reluctant admission from party members that they're tired and need a break, are, to my ears, very reminiscent of the Baldur's Gate games. And that, my friends, is a very good thing.

I know it's way too early to reasonably embrace anything more than cautious optimism, but you know what? I don't care. I'm excited. Sword Coast Legends is expected to come out later this year. Find out more at swordcoast.com.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.