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New D&D: Dark Alliance Concept Art and Gameplay Details Revealed

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Tuque Games has revealed four new screenshots of its upcoming Dark Alliance video game. The four-player action-rpg was initially revealed during 2019's Game Awards, highlighting a focus on quick movement and visceral combat in its CG trailer. New concept art (below), released alongside the reveal of the next D&D tabletop adventure (also set in Icewind Dale), highlights enemies and areas that will be seen in the newest digital take on Dungeons and Dragons. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=dd-dark-alliance-concept-art&captions=true"] "It's amazing to watch," says longtime D&D novelist Bob Salvatore (better known as "R. A. Salvatore" on his book covers), who's been consulting on the project with Tuque. "I love when other creative people jump in on what I've done, whether it's a book cover, or now video games. Y'know, I stood on shoulders to get to Icewind Dale, right? Ed Greenwood and Gary Gygax and the people who came before me. Watching other people build off my work and letting their own creativity fly is an amazing experience." [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/12/13/dark-alliance-official-reveal-trailer"] The studio also provided more details on the story elements and structure of Dark Alliance, which is set shortly after the events of Salvatore's 1988 novel The Crystal Shard. "Following the events of The Crystal Shard, this artifact is now known, so word spreads quickly,," says Jeff Hattem, studio head of Tuque Games. "Monsters from all around the realms descend upon Icewind Dale to claim the shard for themselves." Hattem also revealed that this story will unfold in a non-linear structure. "One of the key values we have for the game is player choice, and we want to keep the game as open-ended as possible. So we're not stuck in a linear progression of 'you play this mission, then the next mission and the next.' Very early on in the game, a lot of missions open up and you can choose which missions to play in a non-linear way." We'll be looking to see more of Dark Alliance as we approach it's scheduled Fall 2020 release. For more digital D&D goodness, check out how Larian is making Baldur's Gate 3 the most diligent recreation of the tabletop possible, or see everything else coming up at this year's D&D Live. [poilib element="accentDivider"] JR is a Senior Editor at IGN who loves some cool concept art and also urges you to donate to the ACLU or NAACPLDF if you're able.

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