Kingdom Come: Deliverance Hits Kickstarter with Gameplay Footage
Start-up indie studio Warhorse caught our eye in December when they teased their first project, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, but teasing just won’t do these days. At least not when you want to crowdfund roughly $500,000, so Warhorse opened the portcullis today, detailing the realistic medieval RPG’s full feature set while showing off gameplay footage. Some mighty fine looking gameplay footage, I might add.
Here’s the deal: Kingdom Come: Deliverance is now a Kickstarter project, and Warhorse is hoping to raise 300,000 British Pounds (roughly $500,000). Take a look at the pretty, massive, open-world sandbox of Deliverance in the pitch video above, and you’ll inevitably think, “Half a million is a drop in the bucket.” And you would be correct. Warhorse says a private investor has funded the first 18 months of development to the tune of $1.5 million. That money was used to create what we see above and pitch it to publishers. The response, Warhorse says, was positive, but inevitably ended with something along the lines of: “Your game is too niche. There’s no magic. People want wizards and dragons.”
And so here they are on Kickstarter. They’re only asking for half-a-million (imagine saying that with a straight face two years ago) because their private investor is willing to fully fund the project. That is if he can be convinced it’s something we actually want to play. So if this campaign is successful, Kingdom Come: Deliverance will get the investor’s greenlight, development will continue, and it will be penciled in for launch on PC and next gen consoles by the end of 2015.
What will you potentially be backing? Here’s how the devs describe it:
We’re mixing the freedom and mechanics of Skyrim, the setting of Mount and Blade, the storytelling styles of The Witcher and Red Dead Redemption, and the tough combat dynamics of Dark Souls into a single, gorgeous package. You could say we’d like to give ArmA (a franchise many of us worked on) an RPG makeover, streamlining the systems and controls and polishing the overarching world while keeping the unique, genuine feeling of its action and environments. Interested?
Um, yes. Yes I am.
I’m particularly interested in how melee combat works. Game makers have searched for the first-person sword fighting secret recipe for decades, with unspectacular results. If Warhorse can get it right — that’s a big if — Kingdom Come: Deliverance could truly become a special game.
So head on over to the Kingdom Come: Deliverance Kickstarter page if you want to become a supporter. The RPG can be yours when it ships for a pledge of $24, and if you don’t want to wait that long, Warhorse says they’ll have a playable alpha ready in roughly six months for anyone who chips in $32.