I’ve always wanted to partake in massive medieval battles. The ability to be one of the soldiers, in history books or movies.
The good news is we can on February 13th 2018! So strap on your Armour, pick up your sword and get ready for Kingdom Come: Deliverance; an open-world, historically accurate, Medieval-RPG.
The King Is Dead – Story
According to the official website, Warhorse Studios is taking a realistic approach to gameplay and the historical accuracy of their story line.
You play as Henry a son of a blacksmith, who becomes involved with the troubles of his land after the King Of Bohemia dies. Complications rise when the soon-to-be heir (eldest son) Wenceslas IV is imprisoned by his enraged half-brother Sigismund.
Sigismund without spoiling the real history, invades Bohemia with a large army. Killing and pillaging its inhabitants, including Henry’s family.
You are thus the lone survivor, bent of redemption for your families deaths. Achieving this will be no easy feat though, first you must work your way through the ranks. Acquiring status and partaking in huge castle sieges, whilst equipping yourself with only the finest Knights attire.
Above Video: Kingdom Come: Deliverance Story Trailer.
A Living, Breathing World – Gameplay & Features
This is a dynamic world, meaning your actions affect your surroundings and how the artificial intelligence in the game view you. Reputation is everything, so be cautious on how you go about interacting with them.
There are very little helping hands given to the player in the game either. You are on your own as the lone survivor, and its up to you on how you want to live out your Medieval fantasy:
- Kill entire villages and never progress through the main story? done.
- Live a peaceful life in the woods or want to become a bandit? done.
- Become a blacksmith and continue your families legacy? done.
- Charm your way through gaining information and completing missions? done.
- Undertake quests for simple farm folk or uncover family fortunes in farmland? done.
- Be a fashion icon and earn peoples respect, with your flashy Armour and weapons.
- Siege Castles with huge armies and battering rams.
There is so much content here that the recreation of 15th century Bohemia looks to welcome players into a large slice of playable history.
Factions are also mentioned to be in the game. Such as various bandit groups and the Holy Roman Empire.
Combat is also very realistic with:
- Stamina bars effecting how hard your character can hit an enemy. The heavier the Armour, the less damage taken but the more quickly your stamina will run out.
- Deep first-person tactical fighting, with three basic attacks being stab, slash and special actions.
- Special actions involve punching, kicking or pummel striking with your weapon.
- 6 different areas which can be targeted on an opponents body. For example if you get shot with an arrow in the knee your character will start hobbling and bleeding out.
- There is also defensive stances which need to accounted for, as well as terrain and height advantages.
- Higher leveled AI will also have quicker response times and more advanced mechanics.
Weapons include those of 15th century Europe, allowing players depending on your play style to wield:
- Short Swords
- Long Swords
Armour is customizable through 16 slots available on Henry, including:
- Plate Armour – Most expensive and impressive. Deflects well against slashing attacks but can be defeated using blunt weapons/attacks.
- Chainmail – Good for both mobility and protection. Weak against strong stabbing, war bows and blunt force.
- Gambeson – the Cheapest Armour, made of compact wool. Offers little protection and is usually combined with chainmail or plate Armour.
- Lamellar Armour – Features small metal stitching, which make it mobile. Weak against stabbing attacks, as the tip of the sword can get between the stitching.
- Brigandine – Mix of chainmail and plate Armour, makes for good defense against blunt attacks.
Above Video: Kingdom Come: Deliverance Gameplay Trailer.
Looking At A Piece Of History – Graphics
Graphically the game in its unfinished state, looks absolutely gorgeous. The developers have built the game using the CryEngine, the same engine used to create the world of Crysis 3.
So expect high quality textures and functional day/night cycles, according to their official website.
Realistic animations can also be noted, as the studio has stated to be utilizing motion capturing within both character models and fighting mechanics.
No word on FPS (frames-per-second) but I imagine that it will be announced towards release date.
Minimum requirements for PC are quite high:
- OS: Windows 7 64-bit.
- CPU: Intel Core i5-750 2.66 GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4 GHz.
- RAM: 16 GB System Memory.
- GPU: DirectX 11 capable graphics card. We expect this to be a GeForce GTX 950 or a Radeon HD R7 370.
- DX: DirectX 11
An implication of the developers going for a realistic approach unfortunately.
Above Video: Graphical Showcase.
They Can Take Our Freedom…
Get your Lionheart quotes prepared for February 13th 2018, as the official release is not far away!
I hope you guy’s enjoyed this medieval preview. Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts on all things knightly!
Take care and have a great day!