Dungeons and Dragons. The publisher canceled five video games

Dungeons and Dragons role-playing publisher Wizards of the Coast is canceling development of five video games adapted from the role-playing game.

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The Bloomberg site revealed it, Wizards of the Coast announced yesterday, Tuesday January 3, that it wants to end the development of at least five video games. These Five Video Games Should Be Placed In The RPG Universe Dungeons and Dragons.

According to Bloomberg, the Hasbro-owned publisher has announced that it has decided to scale back its foray into video games, dropping several projects taking place in Dungeons and Dragons. Despite the cancellation, Wizards of the Coast said fewer than 15 employees will lose their jobs as a result of the decision. They are welcome to apply for other positions within the company. However, this does not affect the expected release of the next Baldur’s Gate III video game, which was announced for 2023 and is also set in Dungeons and Dragons.

In a statement from their spokesperson, Wizards of the Coast reiterated that they are “committed to using digital games in the future, but the developer” has made some changes in their long-term organization to focus on games that “strategically aligned” with building their existing brands and those that show “commitment to expand or engage our audience in new ways.” »

While Wizards of the Coast employees were not hurt by the canceled plans, some other developers involved in the scrapped projects may suffer. Independent studios, including Otherside Entertainment and Hidden Path Entertainment, are involved with Wizards of the Coast in the production of these video games Dungeons and Dragonsnow cancelled.

What are they talking about? What’s going on there? We don’t know anything.

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We can, however, recall Wizards of the Coast’s previous forays into video games Dungeons and Dragons yielded mixed feedback. The latest attempt titled Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance, received a mostly negative reception, with critics accusing it of being unbalanced and lacking in polish. Here in Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliancewe make up four characters from the universe Dungeons and Dragonsincluding the famous drow Ranger Drizzt Do’Urden from RA Salvatore’s Icewind Dale trilogy.

If you don’t know, Drizzt Do’Urden is a fictional character and hero from the fantasy universe of American writer RA Salvatore. He is a Drow, a Deep Elf, who belongs to an evil and cruel race that lives in the bowels of the earth. Drizzt is a warrior and adventurer who has moved away from his Drow society to embrace a nobler and higher code of morality.

Drizzt Do’Urden is known for his bravery and perseverance. he is the exact embodiment of the antihero. Or when the main character in a story lacks the typical qualities associated with a hero. These characters are often depicted as having flaws, vices, or negative traits that make them complex and ambiguous.

This year, the whole world (or almost) is holding its breath for the highly anticipated Baldur’s Gate III, twenty years after the last game in the series. Baldur’s Gate is a role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published by Interplay Entertainment in 1998. It is based on the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition role-playing game system.

The game takes place in the fictional region of Faerûn, in the world of “houses” universe of Dungeons and Dragons The Forgotten Kingdom. Baldur’s Gate received great critical acclaim and is considered one of the best role-playing games ever made. The game won numerous awards and was widely praised for its storytelling and gameplay. It was followed by two major sequels, Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn and Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance.

A beta version of this third chapter was launched in October 2020, which allowed to discover the first 25 hours and approximately… a fifth of the total playable map. Baldur’s Gate III is set for an official, full release in August 2023 after nearly three years of early release.

Finally, despite this (bad) news of five video game cancellations, remember the movie Dungeons and Dragons is coming for this year, for two months, March 3 (3.3.2023, a good date). And rest assured, the role-playing game is doing very well and evolving!

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Article written by Gus. Editor-in-chief of Gus&Co. Teaching at the School of Comics and Illustration, has worked in the world of games since 1989 as an author and journalist.

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