I’ve got good news and bad news for Dungeons and Dragons fans. The good news is that Dark Alliance, the upcoming action RPG set in D&D’s Forgotten Realms setting, will release on June 22, 2021. The bad news is that while the wait is almost over, the game won’t be shipping with the couch co-op option as initially announced. According to creative director Jeff Hattem, the development team may have bitten off a little more than they could chew:
“All the environments are very unique looking, and we wanted to bring the Forgotten Realms to life,” Jeff Hattem said. “Icewind Dale, particularly, is a very harsh environment. We wanted to bring that to life, and that’s partially why we got ahead of ourselves and why local co-op is not in the build at launch. We had to make a choice at some point. Do we fully realize these environments, these monsters, and make it as immersive as possible? We put the foot on the gas on that front.”
If you’re dying for Dark Alliance co-op, though, don’t lose hope yet. Couch co-op could still be on the way post-launch, along with new characters, maps, and missions, depending on community demand.
Dark Alliance releases June 22 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. The game starts at $39.99, but players can grab the deluxe version for $59.99, which includes the first set of DLC.
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