“We were like, why not approach Wizards of the Coast to see if we could do a Dungeons & Dragons game,” Hattem said. “The response I got back from WotC was… they just wanted to shut us down basically. They didn’t want us to make a Dungeons & Dragons game, but we wanted to make one. So, we pivoted. We’re not going to work on a pitch, we’re going to make this game as if we’re going to make this game and let’s just go. YOLO.”
At the start, the game shared a lot of similarities with Diablo, including it being a top-down, action RPG. However, it quickly evolved to something much more grand.
“At that point it was a top-down, action RPG,” Hattem continued. “You would gather up with your friends, you would smash monsters, grab loot, and progress, but it was missing something. It wasn’t taking the characters, taking the Forgotten Realms, and rendering them to the level of fidelity that I wanted as a player.”
The team continued to build their dream D&D game, and the industry began to take notice. The team received six different offers from six different publishers to make the game a reality, but Wizards of the Coast ended up becoming the publisher for the game after it saw its potential. It even doubled the budget and tasked Tuque Games to “go bigger.”
Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance will feature real-time combat and dynamic co-op gameplay, and will pit the “the infamous Drizzt Do’Urden and his legendary companions – Catti-brie, Bruenor, and Wulfgar – against some of the most iconic monsters from the world of Dungeons & Dragons. Frost Giants, Beholders, and White Dragons roam the frozen tundra of Icewind Dale in search of the Crystal Shard— and it’s up to the companions to muster the strength to stop them from claiming and using it to destroy their home.”
D&D: Dark Alliance – First Gameplay Screenshots
Fans can pre-order Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance beginning today at select retailers for $39.99 USD. There will also be a Digital Deluxe Edition for $59.99 USD that includes the upcoming expansion ‘Echoes of the Blood War’ and the Lich weapon set. All pre-orders will receive an exclusive in-game Beholder weapon set at launch.
For more on Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance, check out our preview impressions for the upcoming game and the game’s reveal from The Game Awards 2019.
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