- Nov 6, 2019
The Forgotten Realms was originally a campaign setting for the tabletop fantasy roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D). Created by popular fantasy writer Ed Greenwood in or around 1967, it takes place upon the fictional world of Toril in the land of Faerûn. It is likely the most familair D&D setting for board and tabletop enthusiasts, readers of the D&D fantasy novels, and gamers - having been the featured world of numerous popular creations such as R.A. Salvatore's Drizzt Do'urden and popular video game series such as Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights.
Dungeons & Dragons was once the property of a company named TSR, which was purchased by Wizards of the Coast in 1997. After many years of experimenting with new or rebooted campaign settings, Wizards of the Coast announced in 2014 that The Forgotten Realms would be its offical campaign setting for its roleplaying adventure materials. This coincided with the release of its fifth, current, and by far most popular rules edition - 5E.
If you have played a fantasy video game with "RPG mechanics", featuring creatures such as goblins and trolls and undead, random rolls in the background to determine the success of your interactions with NPC's or actions in combat, chances are they were heavily inspired by D&D and by extension the Forgotten Realms.
This is a thread to discuss the past, present, and future of the Forgotten Realms in gaming.
Some of the most beloved roleplaying video games of the eighties, nineties, and early 2000's were set within the Forgetten Realms - some examples:
- Pool of Radiance | 1988 | Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI) | PC and NES
- Eye of the Beholder| 1990 | Westwood Studios | PC, Sega CD, NES, Amiga
- Baldur's Gate | 1998 | BioWare | Windows, Mac
- Planescape Torment | 1999 | Black Isle Studios | Windows
- Icewind Dale | 2000 | Black Isle Studios | Windows, Mac
- Neverwinter Nights | 2002 | BioWare | Windows, Mac, Linux
- Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone | 2004 | Stormfront Studios, Zono | Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Though the Forgotten Realms fell out of video gaming prominence during the late 2000's, some video game developers have nevertheless continued to leverage the setting in new or hybrid genres. A few examples:
- Neverwinter | 2013 | Cryptic Studios | Windows, Xbox One, PS4 | Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game
- Lords of Waterdeep | 2014 | Playdek, Inc. | Windows, OS X, Android, iOS | Board Game (physical and virtual)
During a press conference of the 25th Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3) in 2019, publisher and developer Larian Studios announced that they would be returning to the storied franchise of Baldur's Gate with Baldur's Gate III. Baldur's Gate III entered early access on the digital distribution platforms GoG and Steam on October 6th 2020 to rave reception - selling over one million units and peaking on Steam with over 70,000 concurrent users.
- NeoGAF's Baldur's Gate III |OT|:
Developer: Larian Studios Publisher: Larian Studies Genre: RPG Platforms: PC, Stadia Releaste Date: October 6th, 2020 (Early Access) System Requirements Minimum Settings: Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system OS: Windows 10...www.neogaf.com
- Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance is an upcoming third person action RPG developed and published by Tuque Games. The game will revisit the frigid tundra around Icewind Dale, and will feature the popular characters of R.A. Salvatore's series of Forgotten Realms stories: Drizzt Do'Urden, Catti-Brie, Bruenor Battlehammer, and Wulfgar.