Dungeons & Dragons‘ subsequent storyline is taking us to puts we’ve observed ahead of — in modules, sourcebooks, and video video games. And the sort of has a outstanding position in probably the most ultimate PC role-playing sport collection of all time. It’s time for Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus, a 256-page marketing campaign that takes avid gamers from stage 1 to stage 13 and debuts September 17. Wizards of the Coast made the announcement as of late throughout its D&D Live: The Descent match in L.A.
Whilst it didn’t have any virtual unearths (no new video video games, as an example), this town has lengthy been synonymous with video video games. You’ll watch the festivities above. D&D could also be extra widespread now than it used to be at any time ahead of, with tie-ins with hit displays (it options in Netflix’s Stranger Things, and Wizards has produced a Starter Set with its branding), an enormous presence on Twitch, YouTube, and podcasts with masses of hours of displays every week, and common appearances on best-selling charts.
Whilst Wizards of the Coast isn’t making any new online game bulletins, be expecting that Descent into Avernus will make its method to Neverwinter, the D&D hugely multiplayer on-line role-playing sport that’s free-to-play on PC, PlayStation four, and Xbox One. It just lately won an the Undermountain replace, which aligns the MMO with the Dungeon of the Mad Mage storyline. Warriors of Waterdeep developer Ludia may also be at Descent, and perhaps we’ll pay attention extra about when its cellular D&D online game will release.
D&D lead tale fashion designer Christopher Perkins lead the design for Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus. Along with designing and writing quite a few books for Wizards of the Coast, Perkins used to be additionally the longtime Dungeon Grasp for Acquisitions Integrated, the D&D liveplay display from Penny Arcade. A spokesperson showed that this Descent into Avernus does now not construct at the storylines from the Baldur’s Gate PC RPGs, however the selection quilt from artist Hydro74 displays the emblem of a outstanding determine from the ones video games: Bhaal, the Forgotten Geographical regions’ god of homicide. It’s an attractive tease, despite the fact that all previous subject matter has stated that Bhaal’s realm is at the airplane of Gehenna, now not the 9 Hells (Avernus is the primary layer of the Hells, the place devils and Tiamat reside).
BioWare created its recognition for story-rich RPGs with impactful possible choices with Baldur’s Gate in 1998 (which Beamdog introduced again with an Enhanced Version in 2012, which is on PCs, cellular, and shortly on consoles). The burg made appearances within the Baldur’s Gate PC games along side the Darkish Alliance collection. And it’s proven up in quite a few D&D sourcebooks over time, together with the fifth Version playtest module Murder in Baldur’s Gate and Heroes of Baldur’s Gate, a DM’s Guild book that includes most of the characters from BioWare’s video games. It’s the paintings of James Ohlen, whom Wizards recently hired to open a new game design studio in Austin.
Wizards of the Coast proclaims this new marketing campaign for Baldur’s Gate at the cusp of liberating its subsequent e-book, Ghosts of the Saltmarsh, which updates and provides some connective tissue to the U series of modules from the early 1980s and a few different books from the mid-2000s. It additionally provides extra laws for send and underwater fight for fifth Version.