2016 is to be an exciting year for gaming – VR headsets including the HTC Vive Pre, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR are set to go on sale and there is a myriad of high-budget games coming out this year. Kingdom Come: Deliverance is slightly different to the rest though, as it strives to do something different to other RPGs – be historically accurate. Here, we discuss everything we know so far about Kingdom Come: Deliverance including UK release date, pricing, platform and gameplay rumours along with any trailers we come across. Read next: 27 games you should be excited about in 2016
Kingdom Come: Deliverance UK release date and pricing rumours: When is Kingdom Come: Deliverance being released in the UK? How much will it cost?
The biggest question on the lips of keen RPG gamers worldwide is “When is Kingdom Come: Deliverance being released?” and sadly, we don’t have an exact date just yet. The developers (Warhorse Studios) had been teasing a Summer 2016 release date for the PC, Mac and Linux editions of the game with a console release later on in the year, but recent rumours suggest that may have changed.
Rumours suggest that a publisher/distributor wants all three main variations of the game – PC, PS4 and Xbox One – to be released at the same time. The issue is that the console version of the game isn’t nearly as finished as its PC counterpart, which has been the lead platform since its announcement. With that being said, to pull off a synchronised multi-platform launch, the developers may have to hold back until work is completed on the console variation.
With this being said, rumours currently claim that Kingdom Come: Deliverance will appear on shelves at some point in Q3 or Q4 2016. We acknowledge that’s a six-month window and may not be very helpful, but we’ll update this section with more information as we receive it so make sure you check back over the coming weeks and months.
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Kingdom Come: Deliverance platforms: Which platforms will Kingdom Come: Deliverance be available for?
Since the Kingdom Come: Deliverance project was funded via Kickstarter back in 2014, the main platform has always been PC. The developers have since announced additional support for Mac OS X and Linux, and have recently also confirmed that there will be variants for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. As mentioned above, the additional console support has pushed back the release date to Q3/4 of 2016 compared to its original Summer 2016 release date.
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Kingdom Come: Deliverance gameplay details: What can we expect from Kingdom Come: Deliverance?
So, what can we expect to see from Warhorse Studios’ Kingdom Come: Deliverance? Thankfully there are a number of details readily available online thanks to both the initial Kickstarter page (to give backers an idea of what to expect) along with additional announcements. Basically, Kingdom Come: Deliverance looks to be an RPG with a difference. That difference? It’s aiming to be historically accurate, something that can’t be said for other popular RPGs.
The game begins way back in 1403 (the end of the European Middle Ages) in the Kingdom of Bohemia, part of modern-day Czech Republic. The events that take place in the game led to the Hussite Wars, which really took place between 1419 and 1434. It’s an interesting blend of education and fun, and should definitely be a game on the list for history buffs.
The developers boast period-accurate armour and clothing as well as combat techniques and even real-world castles. The developers have worked with historians and architects to make sure the game is realistic as possible, and even recreated period music note-for-note based on medieval songbooks.
Gameplay-wise, the game is open-world (obviously) and only single player, bad news for those of you wanting to meet up with friends in 1403 Bohemia. The developers describe ‘branching’ quest lines and a ‘highly interactive world’ that should keep players entertained for quite some time, both of which are very important when designing a single-player RPG. It’s a lot easier to lose interest in an RPG when it feels like you’re surrounded by non-responsive NPCs.
Interestingly, the developers noted that the game will feature a classless system allowing gamers to be a warrior, bard, thief or a blend of everything. The ‘highly interactive’ NPCs and conversation choices also have a direct effect on the abilities you can access and upgrade, although we’re not quite sure how that’ll work at this time.
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Kingdom Come: Deliverance videos: Latest trailers and leaked videos
Warhorse Studios has never been shy about showcasing gameplay from the upcoming game, and here’s our selection of our favourite videos so far:
Kingdom Come: Deliverance beta trailer (most recent):