GC 2008: Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim Impressions

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What if you had a legion of armies and conquering heroes at your behest, but could only control them indirectly? That's the question posed by the upcoming Majesty 2 -- The Fantasy Kingdom Sim, a fantasy-themed real-time strategy game of sorts that lets you raise armies and summon powerful heroes, all of whom have a mind of their own. We had a chance to see the game for ourselves here at the 2008 Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany, to see how the game is coming along.

A sequel to the nearly decade-old original, Majesty 2 has you play as the ruler of a kingdom, and while the game does have elements of city building to it, as soon as you start creating a population for your kingdom, you'll get a good feel for why Majesty 2 is different. Unlike in most RTS games, you have no direct control over any of the individuals that you reign over. Instead, you can only rule indirectly. More so, all of your citizens will have individual desires, which may prevent them from listening to you at all in some cases.

It's this indirect control that will be the key gameplay device in Majesty 2, and it's most evident in the hero classes that you can create. While you'll spend time building up armies in the game, your most effective weapons against your enemies will be heroes. Created in hero guilds that you can build, heroes can be created across a number of different classes: warriors, mages, priests, rogues, and so on. Naturally, each class has its strengths and weaknesses, so as you might expect, your heroes will level up as they build up experience in the game.

What's interesting, though, is that as soon as a hero emerges from his hero guild, he begins doing his own thing. That might mean repelling a group of monster invaders that begin to attack the town. Or it might mean searching the immediate area for treasure chests. It might even mean trying to woo one of the local maidens.

As the ruler of the kingdom, you'll need to try to convince the hero that he needs to follow your bidding, not his own instincts (or raging hormones). You'll have some tools on your side to help make that happen--one of the most obvious will be cold hard cash. The economy in Majesty 2 seems to be the cornerstone of the gameplay. For instance, if you want your warrior hero to go attack a neighboring town, you can put a bounty on it. If you offer enough cash, he'll probably take you up on your offer. Keep in mind that, as you might in a massively multiplayer online role-playing game with your own character, a high-level hero has no interest in fighting puny little rats--after all, there's no sweet loot and experience in it for him. As a result, you'll want to make sure you always have personnel on hand to handle any sort of crisis.

Heroes will be able to party up with other heroes--though the maximum number of heroes in a party has yet to be determined--to complete more advanced raids. In addition, rival kingdoms will also attempt to lure your favored champions away with the promise of more glory and gold. And while heroes will keep any gold they find for themselves, your coffers will be consistently growing thanks to the tax man, who will be taxing the villagers, soldiers, and, yes, the heroes as well.

Majesty 2 has been designed to be fairly open-ended, with plenty of missions to keep you busy. Based on what we've seen of the game, it seems that trying to find creative ways to keep your unmotivated troops focused with their eyes on the prize will be the big draw in the game, and we look forward to seeing how well Paradox can deliver on its vision for the final game. The game is due for release in 2009.

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X_MANIAC_X
X_MANIAC_X

it won't be as good as the first one. That sort of genius can never be replicated or improved. That said it will still be an awsome game.

Decrate
Decrate

the original took countless hours of my time. it was so addicting, i hope this lives up to its high standards

FrenchLlama
FrenchLlama

I loved the original, but can't play it anymore because the only computer old enough to run it is... old... This looks promising though. Hope its as good as its predecessor.

kennybrooks
kennybrooks

To anyone that has never played the original Majesty, I would suggest buying it, and taking a few days off to play it. It is, without a doubt, the best PC game ever. There are so many little things in the game that make it special.

grokh
grokh

Loved reading the review, sounds like a new different way to play Rts.. cant wait to try it. Hope its as good as it sounds =D

brilhasti
brilhasti

The more I read up on this the better it sounds. I like the idea I hope they pull it off well.

q64silver
q64silver

3D looks ugly. Majesty in 2D was great!!!

Venator_
Venator_

Oh, I'm really looking forward to it... When I saw the preview of Majesty 2, I installed Majesty 1 and completed it once again :).

sneddenspot
sneddenspot

Why didn't they continued with the sequel before?!!!read that they had some monetary problems(cyberlore),but even if they were to add some bits and pieces in the first game we would have enjoyed timelessly, I believe and even bet that if they would have continued with the original game for all these years this game would even competed with Warcraft.

Octar8
Octar8

Taking 9 years to make a second one, I REALLY hope it's a great sequel!!! Looking forward to playing it!

grennterror
grennterror

IF THE 2 IS AS GOOD OR BETTER THAN THE FIRST IT WILL BE A GREAT GAME

Habadacus
Habadacus

I still come back to the original games when I get bored of the latest game of the month. Majesty has one of the few original mythologies that I actually got into. (KROLM!!!) I really hope they keep most of the flavor of the original hero classes and deities intact. I also hope they include a scenario editor, and maybe moddable heroes. That would keep this game on the ol' hard drive for a long time. If you've never played the first one, you can still download both the original and the expansion pack for like 10 bucks on a few sites. It's still a hoot all these years later, but be careful because it is almost 10 years old and may not play nice with Vista.

wswedin
wswedin

The first one was great, you could be allied with neighboring kingdoms over LAN, or you can put a bounty on their castle and watch them pathetically defend. Resurrecting high level dead heroes was slightly money draining at the mausoleum, so I rarely made wizards. They tend to die a lot or run from any real challenge, rogues however always got themselves killed trying to loot monster lairs.

ffe_neo
ffe_neo

The original Majesty was such an incredible game I'm hoping this lives up to the reputation the original game has forged for itself. It's been around for a decade and I still play the original and love it. Truly timeless.

Questlove711
Questlove711

First Majesty was one of my favorite games... I demand this sequel NOW!

klinsi
klinsi

Look so good ! A unique gameplay & good AI will bring this game to success

amuleth
amuleth

I'm a hardcore Majesty fun. I still play The Northern Expansion everyday!!! This is not just my favorite game, it is possibly most played game I've ever had. I have great expectations about this sequel. But the graphics looks lifeless (esp. buildings), music is not impressive like the original Majesty. Nevertheless I don't care all of these. If the playability is OK, that means I will play it long days again (I hope so).

samsungx360
samsungx360

neither i have played the first one...but this one caught my attention. i,m on vacantion...for a week so the time will go faster...hope that when i come back...at least one game will shift out...

Jewelspoint
Jewelspoint

Never played the first one, but this sounds REALLY good. I have to say the premise sounds original and like it could be a lot of fun, I hope they have some kind of knight-hero who works for more than just gold! (like, honor and such) Can't wait to try this game I hope there's a demo =)

TurambarGS
TurambarGS

As long as they don't muck too much with the original Majesty's formula, then it'll be awesome. So far, looks great.

GolgoThirteen
GolgoThirteen

Certainly looks good. I'll be keeping my eye on this one.

iamthe1ne
iamthe1ne

i'll be getting this one! sure buy

Rackax
Rackax

looks good, if its anything like majesty 1 it will be amazing

Mercanis
Mercanis

Even if it's just a rehash of Majesty 1 in 3D I'll be happy. Hooray for low standards!

Talgrath
Talgrath

It sounds like they kept the feel of the original, I'm stoked. This is the top of my list so far for 2k9.

juffalo
juffalo

man me and my women cant wait for this game we played the crap outta the 1st one :P

REd_toe
REd_toe

oh man i cant' wait for this game

REd_toe
REd_toe

oh man i cant' wait for this game