Dungeons & Dragons Daggerdale going downloadable

Atari readies new multiplayer action RPG for spring 2011 release; Xbox 360, PS3, PC versions announced.

The Dungeons & Dragons license has been dormant on consoles this generation, but Atari is readying a wake-up call for the venerable role-playing franchise. The publisher today announced Dungeons & Dragons Daggerdale, a new downloadable game for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

Atari unsheathes Daggerdale next year.

Set for release in spring 2011, Daggerdale is an action role-playing game that has players trying to thwart the nefarious designs of Rezlus to save the Dalelands. Described by Atari as an action RPG with "pick-up-and-play combat," Daggerdale will let gamers go it alone or travel in multiplayer parties of up to four.

The game marks this generation's console debut for Dungeons & Dragons. While Atari has been busy on the PC front with the Neverwinter Nights series and Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach, console fans have received little attention since Stormfront Studios' 2004 entry Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone. The series has been slightly more visible on the go, with 2007 seeing the launch of Dungeons & Dragons Tactics for the PSP.

Daggerdale is being developed by Toronto-based Bedlam Games. The studio was previously announced as working on Scratch: The Ultimate DJ after the game's original developer, 7 Studios, was acquired by Activision.

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Harloquin331
Harloquin331

Played D&D:heroes and dark alliance 2 to death and I'm really looking forward to this one. The industry has needed this type of multiplayer game for this entire gen but these games usually take a lot of time to make and develop, I've waited long enough I hope I get rewarded for my patience

Jinroh_basic
Jinroh_basic

to be honest, i don't foresee a rhythm game developer delivering a quality DnD game.

Chinn3rs
Chinn3rs

I am really excited to see what will happen with this title. I am a big D&D fan and have been dying for a 360 or PS3 game like Dark Alliance. I hope it is 2 player on the same console so I can play with the wife. We had a blast with Dark Alliance 1 & 2, and Champions of Norath!

evilross
evilross

Looks to be a Dark Alliance type of game, with 4 player online and 4th edition rules. This could be very, very cool.

digi-demon
digi-demon

Long time since I was a D&D paper and dice player :D So I am really hoping this game is worth buying - videogame rpgs could really benefit some real D&D action :D Lets all roll for wandering monsters on this one eh!

rbop
rbop

Yes. Crossing fingers and hoping that the game rocks!

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

sounds good, I hope they put in a healer class, like a priest, or cleric they always seem to leave that out, thinking that it may make the game too easy or something... but a new dnd game on the consoles is always a welcome thing

tangyorange
tangyorange

@shaun_ofda_dead I'm not saying that all current RPG's are convulted messes of dung. I'm stating from an earlier post that "all new rpg's suck cause they aren't hardcore anymore" attitude from earlier in the postings. Which is an unfair and untrue statement. There have been some massive failures in my eyes within the past couple years though. Magna Carta and alot of other JRPG's have lost their luster in these later years due to the concepts being over a decade old. Noone likes bologna thats been in the fridge for 10 weeks.... and I don't think the majority of the gaming population wants a game that plays the same as it did when we were 8 years old. Games have to mature with the population. Tales of Vesperia, Torchlight, and the Fallout series were great and well put together RPGs that didnt have a rigid customization. I think we need to look to the successes and use the new technology at our disposal. The sphere grid isn't gonna cut it anymore.

megakick
megakick

the video doesn't show a click and wait game like WOW its a hack and slash game from what i can tell. the click and wait is boring augrument is not for here.

ralphikari
ralphikari

Haven't played a D&D game in 4 fracking years! Welcome back :cry:

shaun_ofda_dead
shaun_ofda_dead

@tangyorange i don't believe that i was making assumptions so much as quoting your post. forgive my eternal (and sometimes drunken) ignorance, but i don't seem to get what "mechanics" are "convoluted" in modern day rpgs that you don't like. and as far as games that you are looking for that, sure mass effect is a great example of action/rpg with a comfortable leveling system. borderlands might be considered another great mix of genres in the fps/rpg range. the thing about these games though is that the aren't really rpgs, they are more action based (in terms of combat at least). but what exactly about modern rpgs is "convoluted" and "complicated" to you? do you just not like straight rpgs anymore?

Witchsight
Witchsight

It would be nice if it were really. really, really.... Good.

Caldrin
Caldrin

action RPG humm... probally gonna be more on the action side than RPG character deleopment i think.. will have to wait and see..

Shardz7
Shardz7

AD&D + Wizardry + Oblivion = Sign me up. Either make it epic or don't bother at all.

airshocker
airshocker

@psycomantis_32 We can only hope. I miss D&D dungeon crawlers. I wish DA ran well on the 360.

psycomantis_32
psycomantis_32

PLEASE! Let this game be as good as Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance!

blackace
blackace

This might be good. I'll have to wait for the demo.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

I might give this a try, gods I really wish Black Isle Studios was still around, I'd love to play another Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance game. Both Dark Alliance games were good, I especially liked the second game.

tangyorange
tangyorange

@shaun_ofda_dead First I wasn't attacking the STORY of the game. The argument wasn't over the literary content of the game at all. It was over the mechanics. Take for example the mass effect series. Simple mechanics with a great story that made for a great RPG. My point was never to simplify or change stories... thats silly. Please before you argue a point don't make assumptions on my point.

Krielon
Krielon

I wonder what rule-set it will use, or even if the WotC people will be involved...but otherwise looking out for it.

Barighm
Barighm

Regarding some posts...I don't really mind dumbed down casual games so long as they have a difficult mode that's designed to appeal to hardcore gamers. I believe these modes need to have more meat than just being simply harder though.

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

We're seeing much more dungeon crawlers recently. I'll drink to that!

shaun_ofda_dead
shaun_ofda_dead

@tangyorange what are you talking about? just because a game is deep in story and character development doesn't make it complicated or "convoluted". and these rpg's that you cant find the time to play don't get low scores all the time (see tales of vesparia, mass effect, etc), they just dont sell alot necessarily because of the type of game they are (ie not for casual gamers). yes the market caters to casual gamers alot nowadays, but if you spend 3 hours on your own personal character creation, you need to more effective in your time management :P on the plus side, i am glad this is coming out, although i hope by "pick up and play" they dont end up taking out the elements that make it a d&d game.

RossRichard
RossRichard

@Evilnator You cannot be serious. Sure Obsidian can write decent stories, but still not up to BioWare's level. And anyone that has ever played an Obsidian game will tell you, they are rushed and BUGGY!!!

Sw1tched
Sw1tched

would much rather have a game thats TURN BASED that you can play with like up to a party of 7 and bring the camaraderie and table aspect of D&D so you can play with friends across country with a nice video interface. With chat and slower game play with strategy.....even have a DM client like Neverwinter nights......man i would pay full retail for a TABLETOP style D&D Game

nparks
nparks

Dungeons & DJs? It's so crazy, it just might work! Actually, not, though.

tangyorange
tangyorange

@taxonomic So why does a game have to be convulted and complicated to be good?? It doesn't make any sense to makes something overly embellished so that the company can lose money on it?? I love me a good RPG and a good fighting game but is it silly to ask for a game that gives me the best of both worlds. A easy and diverse character development that won't punish me cause i didn't put that 3 points into my strength stat 4 lvls ago?

TheMadHatter102
TheMadHatter102

Man, I hope it's like Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance. I miss those games.

taxonomic
taxonomic

@Jaga_Telesin Have to agree with you. I think it's just a sign of the times. Too many casuals are in this hobby ruining it for those of us who truly appreciate and follow it.

Evilnator
Evilnator

Ah, i wanted obsidian, few companies can write as well as obsidian... Oh well ill just wait and see!

Alex_Masterson
Alex_Masterson

As long as the multi-player is offline co-op as well as online, I will get it.

tangyorange
tangyorange

Is it that RPG's are getting dumbed down for consoles? Nah. It's that the general gaming populace wants pick up and play games because the landscape of the market has changed to include our on the go lifestyles that we as americans like to keep. I used to like to play real in depth character building games.... but when you only got 2-5 hours a week to game I don't want to spend 3 hours planning how i'm gonna build my character so I can beat the final boss. There's still plenty of RPG's out there to cater to your attitude. They generally get low scores for being inaccessable to the public.

Jaga_Telesin
Jaga_Telesin

Sounds like an RPG shooter ("pick-up-and-play-combat"). Why is it the RPGs that always get dumbed down every season? Oh right, they try to cater to consoles as well as PC players. Silly me. At least we have good news on the RPG horizon: TES V on the way..

woolysockofdoom
woolysockofdoom

Well it's been four years since Neverwinter Nights 2. I could use a new decent Dungeons & Dragons game.

DontEatCream
DontEatCream

Cool. This should tide me over until Diablo 3 comes out.

Barighm
Barighm

It's not another shooter, so I'm already looking forward to it, lol.