Wizards of the Coast Will Be Releasing New Mobile Games for D&D
Wizards of the Coast have given the go signal to develop several new games under the Dungeons & Dragons license, which might include a couple of mobile games. This is confirmed by Chris Cocks, the President and CEO of WotC, in an interview with GameIndustry.biz. Among these games is Dark Alliance, a reboot of sorts of the hack-n-slash classic Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance release in 2001 for consoles.
The official trailer doesn’t reveal much about the game thus far, not even mentioning which platforms the game will release on. However, it’s been defined as a spiritual successor of the 2001 game Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance. The original was successful enough to spawn a sequel, even winning “Role-Playing Game of the Year” from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, beating Final Fantasy X.
Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance is being developed by Tuque Games. Wizards of the Coast have worked with the video game studio for a few years now, working on Dark Alliance. Prior to Dark Alliance, Tuque has only one single game on their portfolio: Livelock, which was released in 2016. Wizards of the Coast must be feeling confident with the studio because they’ve decided to acquire them to continue producing the game in-house. Let’s just hope that Wizards of the Coast made the right decision here.
Dark Alliance will follow Drizzt Do’Urden, a popular Drow character hailing from the Forgotten Realms D&D campaign. He is accompanied by his significant other, Catti-Brie, as well as Bruenor and Wulfgar. With four characters in tow, Dark Alliance will most likely have co-op gameplay as a selling point for the game.
Games in the Pipeline
Chris Cock also suggested that a couple of other games are on the pipeline for Wizards of the Coast. Aside from Dark Alliance, however, Cock hasn’t specified what exactly these would be. “We’re going to do it in a variety of genres,” says Cock. “And in future games, we will explore different areas, whether it’s grand strategy and combat at army level scale, to really intimate character portrayal.”
Some of these games might end up on mobile. Wizards of the Coast, after all, hasn’t been shy in releasing mobile games for their tabletop IPs. Right now, Wizards of the Coast have a handful of mobile games using their IP that is doing quite well. These include:
- Warriors of Waterdeep (published by Ludia, Inc.)
- Pathfinder Adventures (published by Asmodee Digital)
- Magic: The Gathering – Puzzle Quest (published by D3 Go!)
It won’t be surprising if Wizards of the Coast wanted to add more games to this list, especially ones published under their own banner. With how successful Magic: The Gathering Arena has been on the PC, it might also be another title Wizards could consider bringing to mobile.
As for the “seven, eight” games that Chris Cock mentioned? We could only wait and see if these do include mobile games.