D&D License Extended Till 2017
As part of its re-launch strategy Infogrames has announced that it has signed a new agreement with Hasbro concering the Dungeons & Dragons universe. Under the new contract, the company has the right to create games based on the D&D universe up to 2017 for all platforms, including online and wireless. The agreement also covers current products such as Baldur’s Gate and NeverWinter Nights, as well as two new games that will be shipping between 2007 and 2008 – NeverWinter Nights 2 expansion pack (PC) and Dungeons & Dragons Tactics (PSP).
The contract also reveals that Hasbro has bought back nine franchises – Monopoly, Scrabble, Risk, Game of Life, Clue, Yahtzee, Battleship, Boggle and Simon – for $19.5 million of which $4 million will be paid to Atari.
Dungeons & Dragons: Tactics Announced
D&D nerds can indulge in their obsession on the go: Atari has announced Dungeons & Dragons: Tactics for the PSP, marking D&D’s arrival on the handheld scene. Utilizing the 3.5 rule-set created by Wizards of the Coast, the game will allow players to take a party of six into a wide variety of environments to experience turn-based action. In development at Kuju, D&D: Tactics will be released this Holiday season.
Players will be taking on the role of a mortal child caught between the conflicts of two competing dragons. Alignment in the game is said to be critical, as it will affect the storyline. Base character classes will include Barbarian, Bard, Cleric, Druid, Fighter Monk, Paladin, Ranger, Rogue, Sorcerer and Wizard. Five Prestige Classes are available, as are two Psionic classes, the Psion and the Psychic Warrior. Players will be able to customize their characters and store as many as their memory stick can handle.
As expected, Tactics will include a co-op mode allowing like-minded gamers go through the single-player game as a team. There will also be a Deathmatch mode that will include a series of special arenas, as well as randomly-generated and populated Dungeon Bash, allowing one to fight another with their saved parties.
The game will be playable in Atari’s booth (#4003, Petree Hell) at E3.
Further information can be found after the jump in the form of a fact sheet.