Kingdom Come: Deliverance, a game already in Early Access on PC, looks great. While some characters look a bit off and the combat may need some work, developer Warhorse Studios could be onto a winner. Real world depictions of medieval Bohemia (what’s now Czeck Republic) can be explored in a game that offers an open world with deep RPG systems. Not only that, but the story will be epic and political. Like the Witcher, different factions blur the lines between good and evil. Like Skyrim, you’ll play in first person and level up in the things you do. Players can seduce, threaten, persuade or bribe their way to friendships and rivalries.
No Fantasy Found Here
Warhorse Studios have been very vocal about bringing accurate historical depictions to Deliverance. The world of 15th century Bohemia contains NPCs based on real influencers of the time. Not only that, but they have also delved into the geographical history of this region of Europe. Castles found today, and some that are no more, can be found and explored.
Right down to the plants in the ground, the developers have painstakingly researched what Bohemia was like. For history lovers and those willing to read, the game contains a codex, thoroughly explaining characters and locations. Who was king, who was lord of a particular region and state politics have all been covered by the dev’s in-house historian.
Who Will You Be In All Of This?
Players will play the role of Henry, on a mission to avenge his father and retrieve his sword from the killer. Among all of this, Henry gets wrapped up in the politics and uprisings in Bohemia of the time. Like the Witcher, he will not be customisable as the devs want us to feel invested in Henry as a person. He will never rise up the ranks or attain a lordship. But what makes him special is that has an influence on the events of the game, regardless of his commoner status.
Yet customisation is there for those looking for it. Henry’s armour is divided up into fourteen slots. Layers can be chosen like plate over leather or chain mail. Similar to Skyrim, efficiency using these items as well as weapons will be levelled up as Henry uses them. This will set the foundation for what kind of person your Henry will become. Will he have low level combat skills as a smooth negotiator? Or perhaps he’ll shoot first and ask questions later as a rough and ready brawler with high skills in armour and weaponry.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance Has Realistic Combat
What’s really interesting is how Henry can wrangle his way through most situations without conflict. Sure, we have a few set pieces where fighting is necessary. For the most part, if the player chooses, they can Blackadder their way out of sticky scenarios for a peaceful resolution.
If players are more inclined for action, a deep and technical combat system lies in wait. In line with historical realism, swordplay has been taken seriously by Warhorse Studios. And mace play and axe play and so on and so forth. Players will have to watch their opponent carefully for openings to strike. Using a directional strike system allows players to take advantage of these weak spots or block incoming blows. This system ranges across fist fighting to swordplay. Archery has also taken a technical slant as players will need to focus to land a shot accurately. Holding a shot for too long results in wobbly arms and wasted arrows!
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is out February 13th, 2018.