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Video Game / Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance

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To fight an Alliance of Evil, you are going to need an Alliance of Heroes.

Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance is a live-service co-op Action RPG video game based on both Dungeons & Dragons and the The Legend of Drizzt series, and is something of a thematic successor to the Dark Alliance series.

Set some time after the events of The Crystal Shard, armies of monsters have united and invaded Icewind Dale in attempt to find the powerful Crenshinibon and it's up to the Companions of the Hall — Drizzt Do'Urden, Bruenor Battlehammer, Catti-brie and Wulfgar — to save the day.

While the game has the Dark Alliance subtitle, the game has no connections with the Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance duology outside of sharing the Forgotten Realms setting and Drizzt being playable in all three games (albeit as an unlockable bonus character in the former two).

This game released on June 22, 2021 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

The game contain examples of:

  • Adaptational Ugliness: In the lore, Verbeeg are described as having the most human-like appearance of all giant-kin. In this game, they look like more like bloated ogres.
  • Back from the Dead: Akar Kessell, Biggrin and Icingdeath all return after being killed in The Crystal Shard.
  • Dual Wielding: Drizzt, as usual, wields two scimitars at once.
  • Genre Shift: Unlike the previous Dark Alliance games, which were top down action RPGs, this game is an over the shoulder cooperative brawler.
  • Interquel: The game is set sometime after The Crystal Shard, although when has yet to be determined.
  • Our Giants Are Different: Frost Giants and Verbeeg both feature prominently in the game.
  • Villain Team-Up: The titular "Dark Alliance" is multiple armies of monsters coming together in search of the Crystal Shard.