Kingdom Come: Deliverance is an upcoming game that you might not have heard of, but if you’re a fan RPGs like Skyrim and The Witcher, you should definitely keep watch of. The folks at Warhorse Studios look to be bringing a lot of enticing and interesting elements to the table, such as a realistic combat system, a dynamic world, and an impressive historical setting.
The Setting and Realism
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is set in the Kingdom of Bohemia (sometimes referred to as the Czech Kingdom in English literature) during the year 1403. The game is intended to be historically accurate, so there wont be any magic or dragons.
The game starts after King Charles IV dies in 1378. His successor, King Wenceslus, is kidnapped by his brother, Sigismund, who then proceeds to pillage Bohemia. This directly impacts the protagonist of the game, because his family is killed by the invading army.
The open world is a recreation of the Kingdom of Bohemia, and will have real cities and towns. This is exciting because with such historical accuracy, it will most likely be a very immersive experience. There are also elements of gameplay that will imitate real life. Food will spoil, you will get injured in combat, and the more tired you are, the less successful you will be when trying to persuade people. And of course, if you get drunk, you’ll be tougher, but you’ll also suffer the consequences in the morning.
Every good role playing game must have, well, good role playing! The developers have stated that they want to let us play any way we want, and so far it looks like they are achieving this. You play as Henry, son of a blacksmith, who enters the service of a noble after Sigismund’s invading army kill your parents. Even though you play as a set character, you can shape Henry in any way that you want. You can become a fierce warrior and charge headfirst into battle, or use your words to avoid battle as much as possible.
There also looks to be a focus on consequences, and that should make all RPG fans happy. Your choices will matter, and characters will react to how you play. Having important choices also brings multiple quest endings with it, hopefully to the extent of games like The Witcher 3.
As for armor, there is a seemingly great system called the “layer system.” This will have you equipping multiple layers of armor. The first layer is gambison, a padded and relatively soft layer. The next is chain mail, which is made up of small, interlinking metal rings. And the last layer is made up of traditional plate armor — a solid layer of metal. What you are wearing will also change how people treat you. One example the developers have shared is that if you want to get info from a beggar, it will be much easier to do so if you are dressed as one.
The combat of Kingdom Come: Deliverance seems innovative. It’s not like your typical Elder Scrolls game, where you just bash the enemy until you get his heath to zero. When in battle, the camera locks onto the enemy, and the reticle turns into a star. This star allows you to pick from five directions to attack from. So say if your opponent is without a helmet, you should aim for his head, and the same goes with all other body parts. Parrying is also a key action, as it is an essential way to protect your character. Doing this will also drain your stamina, so you cant just parry infinitely.
What about ranged combat? Staying consistent with how realistic this game is, archery isn’t as simple as in Assassin’s Creed or Call of Duty. When you draw your bow, you will need to fire quickly, because the longer you hold it the more tired your character will get, negatively affecting accuracy. You will also have to account for how far your arrow will drop before it hits your target. And just as with close range combat, you will need to aim for the spots your opponent has the least/worst armor.
Hopefully Kingdom Come: Deliverance will live up to the expectations set by these promising pre-release details. Either way, we’ll have to wait until the game launches on February 18th, 2018 to see if it’ll live up to the hype. If it does, it’ll surely quickly become a game celebrated by RPG fans and gamers around the world.
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