Kingdom Come: Deliverance: About six years back, a few developers with a solid idea who went on to form Warhorse Studios in 2011 were spending all their time trying to convince investors that there indeed existed gamers with a demand for realistic adventures based during the medieval eras, without the need for wizards and magical creatures to feed their fantasies. As was to be expected, they had a hard time doing this. But the decision to make Kingdom Come: Deliverance a crowdfunded project has to be the best one they have made so far in connection with the upcoming game.
The idea for what ended up being called Kingdom Come: Deliverance was the brainchild of Czech game designer Dan Vávra. Having previously worked on noted titles like the first two Mafia games, Vávra envisioned a game that would be based on meticulous historical research, and not end up being a cultivation of the fantastic myths that titles set during the medieval period are wont to do. His idea interested other notable involvements from the industry, and although Warhorse did not have the easiest time finding investors, Kingdom Come has in fact come a long way since its announcement. At present, the game is being partially supported by Deep Silver on the publishing front. So here we have decided to break down for our readers all that is known at present about the upcoming action RPG.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance: What is it?
In short, the upcoming title that also happens to be Warhorse’s first as an independent studio explores a story of personal vendetta set during, and intertwining with, historically accurate events. The overarching story is set in the medieval Kingdom of Bohemia, beginning in the year 1403 after the kidnapping of Wenceslaus IV of Bohemia by his half-brother Sigismund in a bid to win the kingdom. Such Royal turmoils are bound to have repercussions across the entirety of the land, and that is exactly what happens why Henry, the son of a common blacksmith, comes home to find his family murdered and his lands ravaged by the soldiers. He sets off on a journey of revenge and justice, and the ultimate aim is to restore the kingdom to peace.
But there is more to Kingdom Come: Deliverance than just a story based on history. Multiple games in the past have dug up history for their source materials (like the Dynasty Warriors series, which, by the way, is also focusing on realism in the entry to come), but Warhorse is taking that to a whole new level. So not only is the story sourced from actual historic material, but so is everything else. So players can expect to see realistic architecture and settings, and even historically accurate clothing and armor to engulf them in a sense of the past. The combat mechanics, too, are being designed to reflect the actual. In accordance with this deep sense of the real, there will be no magical creatures present in the game. At its core, Kingdom Come steers clear from the fantastic in all its capacity, and that finds reflection in all things within the game. So no, you won’t be flying with great, fire-breathing beasts here. The only battle between good and evil here are between men.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is an RPG, and like all others in the league, will incorporate character development and customization. But once again, there’s a lot of differences at play here. While any video game trying to take the super-realistic route will suffer from limitations, the creators are really stepping up their game to make survival in the vast expansive open world as challenging as possible. There are different roles that you can play while traveling across the lands- choosing to be a warrior in a powerful knight’s armor will result might result in respect, but don’t bank on being inconspicuous. Traveling as a thief will let you make use of the game’s fantastic stealth mechanics, so you’re primary attack would consist of sneaking from behind and taking down people. Being a bard, on the other hand, will fetch you favor with the normal folk, and we all know that something like that can be immensely helpful along the course of a journey.
Besides these, there are several ways to sustain the player character. For this purpose, the game will have its own Stats, Skills, Conditions, and Perks. Stats include things like strength, agility, and speech, Conditions pertain to hunger and health, and Skills have to do with his abilities. If you ignore these elements, then your character will languish, and items like eating and resting are crucial. However, storing the food for too long will result in its going bad, so we need to be careful with our supplies.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance Features
Combat: Playable from the first person, combat will be present in both ranged and melee versions. The developers say that the combat system of Kingdom Come: Deliverance will come with easy to control mechanics, but it will reflect the same level of authenticity as the rest of the game’s execution. There are different approaches that you can take towards combat- you can either choose to face your enemies from upfront, or even opt for a stealthier approach. One of the most important aspects of the game will be decision making, and that will be implented in the combat too. The overall system is being developed in collaboration with several of the most renowned and skilled medieval combat experts in the world and will be based on real fifteenth century mechanics. Also, the combat in the game will take place in real time and have real world repercussions. So the brunt of the force you’re applying on your enemy will also reflect on your person. Expect to feel a kick, in simpler terms.
Weapons: Like in the real world, each weapon in the game will be best meant for a specific purpose. Several different medieval weapons classes will be found in the game, but you have to use them intelligently. For instance, a sword is only good in a sword fight, whereas a hammer or an axe will allow you to get down and dirty, but be useless against more effective weapons in a brawl. Long range weapons will include crossbows and regular bows, and your shield will protect you from the enemy. However, all your weapons can degenerate with continued use so you have to look after them. Another interesting aspect is the in-game crafting system. The game’s structure is such that all kinds of crafting and hunting for materials such as silver will be done in smartly crafted mini-games, so that the overarching heart of the story as a an organic whole is not lost upon. You can learn more about the game’s weapons in relation to the armors.
Quests: Speaking of mini-games, you shouldn’t look forward to a bunch of different quests in Kingdom Come: Deliverance. Instead, there will be a few, cleverly crafted quests to let you explore the world at your own good pace. The few quests that you can partake in will be deeply tied into the main story, so exercise care when dealing with NPCs within these. For the relationships you build in Kingdom Come will have the power to either make or break you. To fit this idea, each quest will come with several possible endings, and you the player will have the option to employ or do away with violence entirely. You can attack, threaten, or bribe your way through them if you please. Also, the weapons crafting that we talked about in our last point will happen not automatically by clicking on a button. Instead, you will be expected to do this the old fashioned way- which means that you will be the one to forge a sword out of the things at your disposal. Repairing and maintenance will also have to be done the same way.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance Trailer- How it looks
Warhorse has already revealed a number of videos to demonstrate the game, and each of these focuses on different aspects. You can find the stealth trailer from Gamescom 2016 here, and the E3 2015 trailer can be viewed below. Check it out if your haven’t already.
If you’re hooked and want to see more, check out the beta livetream video below.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance Release Date
After several delays in the process, Kingdom Come: Deliverance is currently scheduled for release some time in 2017. The good news is that its is exactly this year, and the bad news is that there is no set release date yet (along with the fact that Warhorse’s intended schedule has been pushed back only so many times in the past). All we know is that the new game will arrive for the Windows PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Thanks to the partial involvement of Deep Silver in the publishing arena, all versions of the game will be pushed out at the same time. You can buy the game here.
We love the potential and sheer audacity of the developers over at Warhorse for Kingdom Come: Deliverance. The game is undoubtedly one of the most ambitious projects that we are looking forward to this year, and if the devs manage to achieve all that they really want, we know that it will be a path-breaker among the current crop of role-playing games. However, there is also the involved risk of overdoing things, but it is a good thing that Warhorse is exercising minimalism in some areas (such as the quests). But it looks like they’ve got things going in the right direction- like recruiting some amazing actors. This much interest has got to mean something, so we hope what we get this year (hopefully) does not turn out to be an overambitious burnout.