Co-op D&D action battler Dark Alliance announces a June 22 launch date

    
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Hacky hacky slashy slashy.

The best way to experience a story set in the oldest role-playing game is through a hack-and-slash co-op battler, obviously. Yes, Dark Alliance is based on Dungeons & Dragons (the Forgotten Realms specifically), but as already mentioned it’s more of an action game than anything else, with players battling iconic monsters from the tabletop game in active combat as Drizzt Do’urden and his companions take on the challenges of Icewind Dale so that none of their more monstrous adversaries can take the Crystal Shard and use it as a weapon against their homes.

Of course, the best way to take on these challenges is with a party, which makes it a good thing that players can take on the game’s challenges in co-op instead of working alone. You can pre-order the game (which is developed by Wizards Studio and Tuque Games) for $40 in digital formats, with the physical edition costing $60 and the digital deluxe also costing $60 ahead of the title’s launch on June 22nd. Hey, sometimes you just want to smack a beholder right in the eye with an axe, we don’t judge.

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Leiloni

Am I missing something or does the website have nothing more than a place to buy the game and a place to sign up for their newsletter? I’m trying to figure out more about the game itself but it seems there’s no information whatsoever.

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Sleepy

You just know that some suit keep interfering with phrases like “dial it up to the max” and “in your face awesome” when they were coding this.

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Johnny Quantum

Reminds me of Vermintide, which is a OK game, but didn’t end up playing it that much. Hope this is better.

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mmocult

Wow that’s one cheesy trailer. Used to play the PS2 “Dark Alliance” 1 & 2 back in the day, and read a many Drizzt books so might be fun.

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cursedseishi

Ignoring the… optical logistics of the trailer–been out a day, has practically no comments, no likes and no dislikes for the views/size it has/is and the IP its attached to?

They need a new team doing these trailers. This game succeeded with one thing and one thing only so far, and that’s to remind me of that awful try-hard ‘metal’ trailer announcing the game every time I see the name crop up.
Now, I love metal, I like Ozzy/Black Sabbath. I loved Sacred 2’s cheesy metal opening. Loved Baldur’s Gate…

I hate this heavily edited cut of music just to repeat ‘straight to hell tonight!’ over and over. I hated the awkward 360-unfocused shaky go-pro cam from the initial trailer and the boneless models twisting all over themselves through it. I hate that the ‘Beholder’ they keep talking about clearly is some edgelord reinterpretation of a ‘Death Tyrant’ crossed with a Predator skull and it looks horrible. I hate the giant in the lava having a lark and holding up a middle finger–and you just need to know and see it too..
And what is worse? I hate how there’s shaky-cam for even just a single step. The characters don’t move so much as the screen just vibrates around them and they jitter through motions.

And I hate how they managed to find the Bizarro-equivalent of all the things I like and loved, and worked it all one trailer to attack me with when I watch it.

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mmocult

Yeah that trailer is baaaaaad

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Tee Parsley

Double Bad!

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squid

So is it a dungeon crawler, or just a boss fighter?

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Raikira

Looks good, but I’m getting tired of NPC’s who just loops their animations without staggering/getting knocked down by all our “powerful” abilities.

It just feels like we are flailing our arms in the air and the monsters are doing their thing, except we usually get knocked flat down when they land a blow.

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Fisty

This was great fun on the PS2. I will definitely wait on sales and reviews though. I would like to see a lobby style matchmaker for this

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Java Jawa

First, big dnd fan and gm here. Second I’m cringing! Ozzy singing to this is double cringe worthy.

They could some way better for marketing. Will I pick it up? Probably when it’s on deep discount, I’m thinking 20 knucklebones for this one.

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Tee Parsley

Higher esteem than me. I was thinking around 5. Not expecting much beyond poor fanservice.

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Dug From The Earth

Part of me is really excited for this.

I played the old school Baldurs Gate:Dark Alliance game on the ps2.

This game is getting to relive that experience but in 3rd person this time, which seems like it could be a ton of fun.

HOWEVER.

Replace the characters with Avengers… and the enemies with red and blue robots… and this game looks like it could be just another craptastic “live service” game along the lines of Marvels Avengers. I seriously hope not. I hope its a single player game at heart, with co-op. I hope its not online only. I hope things arent locked behind real money purchases.

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Jokerchyld

Dug nailed it. I think this is going to be another live service lobby game that will get boring after 1 week.

D&D is synonymous with depth to me and it looks to be absent here which will be a problem.

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Eamil

To be fair, a game based on BGDA isn’t going to have the kind of depth you’re probably thinking of anyway. It’s just the wrong genre.

This is definitely not looking good so far though.