Skip to main content

Sword Coast Legends is the closest you can get to real D&D without a d20

A new Dungeons & Dragons game called Sword Coast Legends is coming to Windows later on in 2015. One to four players can take arms as traditional heroes while a fifth player has the option to become the Dungeon Master, controlling the action. This looks to be the closest game yet to replicating the experience of playing live D&D around a table.

Unlike other games that toy with unbalanced multiplayer, like the recently released Evolve or the upcoming Fable Legends, the role of the DM is not strictly adversarial. They can help or hinder the players as they see fit, able to increase the challenge and punish players that are doing to well or help out the heroes when they are struggling and move the story forward. The DM is able to interact in real time, adjusting encounters or taking control of opponents on the fly, and also has access to larger campaign tools allowing them to develop customized scenarios and stories without any scripting knowledge required. Just as in real Dungeons & Dragons, the goal is for everyone to have an enjoyable play experience.

Players can join up in parties of four with characters derived from five races and six classes (a selection of D&D standards like Human, Elf, Dwarf, Fighter, Thief, Cleric, etc). Solo players can also take charge of a whole customized party by themselves, in the vein of classic tactical PC role-playing games.

Rules are derived from the recently-released 5th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons, with publisher Wizards of the Coast on board to make it official. The action takes place in the classic Forgotten Realms setting, which should be familiar to anyone who has played the Baldur’s Gate games or read R. A. Salvatore’s novels about Drizzt Do’Urden. The studio promises iconic locations, familiar faces, and plenty of lore for longtime fans of the game and setting.

Sword Coast Legends is being developed in a collaboration between n-Space, best known for creating games for Nintendo’s DS and 3DS handhelds, and Warframe developer Digital Extremes. The project is being helmed by Dragon Age: Origins director Dan Tudge. It is set to come out later in 2015 and can be pre-ordered now from the game’s website.

Will Fulton
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Will Fulton is a New York-based writer and theater-maker. In 2011 he co-founded mythic theater company AntiMatter Collective…
The Run: Got Next is a vibrant spiritual successor to NBA Street
Zamboni in The Run: Got Next.

The Run: Got Next is a new vibrant street basketball game from former EA developers who worked on series like NBA Street, Madden, and Dead Space.

Its developer is Play by Play Studios, which former Visceral Games General Manager Scott Probst and Madden creative director Mike Young formed two years ago. In a blog penned by Probst, the studio reminisces about an era of sports games free of needlessly complex simulations, grinding, and Ultimate Team-fueled microtransactions. "We're not going to worry about overly complex menus, micromanagement of rosters, the opening of packs, or playing a game that feels like I'm watching a broadcast ...We're gonna double down on the fun and get you into the game, and we're gonna do it with style," writes Probst.

Read more
Helldivers 2’s first major update cranks up the difficulty
helldivers 2 major update escalation freedom impaler

Helldivers 2 - Escalation of Freedom Announcement Trailer | PS5 & PC Games

Helldivers 2 has received a bunch of updates since it launched in February, but developer Arrowhead Game Studios is about to release its biggest yet. The studio announced Tuesday that the upcoming update, Escalation of Freedom, will launch on August 6 and seeks to add more challenges.

Read more
Is XDefiant cross-platform?
XDefiant

Ubisoft's latest shooter is looking to break into the very competitive free-to-play market with XDefiant. This is a third-party studio that very rarely releases any of its games on a single platform, and a multiplayer shooter like this needs to be available in as many places as possible to succeed. However, if it doesn't have cross-platform support, then it might as well be exclusive since the player base will be split regardless.

Has XDefiant made the critical error of not having any cross-platform support, or can you pick up this game knowing you will be able to find a match easily? Let's find out.
Is XDefiant cross-platform?
Yes, XDefiant is thankfully fully cross-platform between PC, Xbox Series X, and PlayStation 5. That makes it all the easier to convince a friend to give it a try since it costs nothing and you can all play together even if you don't have the same console. You also have the option to turn off cross-play if you prefer to stick to only matching up against others on your system. A future update is also planned to allow console players to exclude PC players from cross-play to remove any advantages they may have using keyboard and mouse over controllers.

Read more