Mafia creator reveals open-world medieval RPG for next-gen consoles

Kingdom Come: Deliverance launching in 2015 from Warhorse Studios; features no monsters or magic, but is instead aiming for historical accuracy.

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Mafia creator Daniel Vavra's new company Warhorse Studios has officially announced its debut project, a medieval role-playing game for PC and "next-gen consoles" called Kingdom Come: Deliverance.

Interestingly, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 were not named outright, suggesting the studio has not officially partnered with one or both platform holders just yet for the new game.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is planned to launch in 2015, but so far no company has signed on to publish the game. Vavra wrote an comprehensive feature earlier this year detailing his (so far unsuccessful) worldwide travels in a bid to find a publisher.

The open-world action-adventure role-playing game boasts "blockbuster production values, a nonlinear story, and revolutionary, first-person melee combat." The game runs on Crytek's CryEngine 3 game engine.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is set within the Holy Roman Empire during the late Middle Ages. The game promises period-accurate fighting techniques, horseback combat, open-field sieges, and "large-scale battles," the studio said. In addition, players will develop relationships and a reputation that will inform the wider story.

Lastly, Kingdom Come: Deliverance does not feature magic, fantasy elements, or any mythical overtones like many medieval RPGs do. Instead, it aims to be historically authentic through genuine depictions of characters, themes, and warfare.

For more on Kingdom Come: Deliverance, check out a teaser trailer for the game below.

Discussion

171 comments
Ruen
Ruen

I don't think women "showed off the goods" like that back then.

DinoBuster
DinoBuster

Interested for sure. Sometimes coming up with something new and refreshing requires you to just omit what's always expected in such things. That said, and on the different end of the spectrum, putting some supernatural horror elements into the next Mafia game would interest me as well. TAKE A CHANCE.

Tzardok
Tzardok

large scale combat, yes, I would play it for this and sieges. I also wonder if there is the possibility to conquer/build castles, gain influence,  get married, have children and then marry daughters for strategic alliances and appoint successors for your bloodline, since its meant to be historically accurate, this would be essential. Not too found of the first person combat thought, unfortunately. 

xxmavr1kxx
xxmavr1kxx

I would play this game.I wonder if they plan on first or third person.

ioshilee
ioshilee

Looks interesting. He shoud go to Kickstarter with this, though - too little mainstream elements here: no superpowers, no magic, no mutants, no zombies and no girls in bikini-armors...

erik_r_nelson
erik_r_nelson

As far as teaser trailers go, call me unteased. It's got pretty grass. And poppies on the battlefield. Woo.


Look, a "realistic" medieval RPG sounds good in theory to people who don't know the medieval era. Combat was short and brutal, and won largely by sheer numbers and battlefield strategy, not individual skill with weapons. Which is why I've long been waiting for a realistic medieval war simulation--but still haven't gotten one. An RPG would be cool, but ... it's pretty obvious from the peasant woman pictured above why they're having a hard time finding a publisher.

RockoW
RockoW

Historical accuracy, like right amount of cleavage on peasant women?

DaRq_MiNoS
DaRq_MiNoS

I guess this means they're not working on Mafia 3?  This game looks cool, but I'd like Mafia 3 too!

Fursnake
Fursnake

I can just see the camping at the privy now. Dysentery debuffs for all!

Assimilat0r
Assimilat0r

Warriors ftw, scruw that fairys and pixies classes for low players.

tmrtyn
tmrtyn

Well now, this looks interesting.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

I think its gonna be a tough sell. Most main characters in a videogame have something that makes them better than the rest of the populace. Its what makes them a hero. Whether its a Exphere, mutation, weapon, magic, pet, luck, bloodline etc. There is almost always something that makes them 'better'. 

They should talk to Nintendo. They're more likely to take a chance than any of the other big 3. 

noandno
noandno

Looking forward to this

AlwaysRunning
AlwaysRunning

I wonder how many F-bombs the characters will drop in this "historically authentic" RPG... I'm burnt out on faux "mature" RPGs. If this has more to it than violence, sex and swearing, I'll check it out, but the trend in recent years isn't good.

SphinxDemon
SphinxDemon

Seems boring. Maybe I'm just use to magic and girls barely dressed. Lol. We'll see how it does

Sndewey
Sndewey

Damn it I got good ideas for melee combat you best not use similar techniques cause I start working on it next Friday, already got a years worth of concept art and I am about a quarter into writing the story.

ExpensiveTax
ExpensiveTax

thank god! finally a medieval game without magic or fantasy elements!!! :'D

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I hope a publisher will grab this up and bring it to the PS4. I'm interested.

mickyfinn84
mickyfinn84

Sounds good apart from the 1st-person view. I always switch to 3rd-person in Elder scrolls because the melee fighting makes me feel dizzy, I also avoided Dead island because of this. Hope they make it optional.

MNIZ
MNIZ

no magic :(

kutulu1
kutulu1

Please come to PS4.

tchanah
tchanah

A pleasant surprise! 

A historic game in Cry Engine will be a blissful experience! 

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

2015? I miss the days when I bought a game magazine and to read about a game which is coming withing next 3 months!
I will be playing Destiny,Halo 5,probably Dark Souls 2,The Witcher 3 and few more before 2015...
In meanwhile i will forget this game even is in development.

gufberg
gufberg

Sounds great but i have my doubts. First person combat is great on PC but there is a reason Mount and Blade and Chivalry are both PC exclusives. I doubt a game that must conform to console controls can have good first person combat. 

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

"first-person melee combat"

this should be great with oculus.

warriors30
warriors30

"features no monsters or magic, but is instead aiming for historical accuracy."

TAKE MY MONEY!!! 

LuzerGS
LuzerGS

Oh $#|7 this is gonna be epic!

topeira
topeira

i cant remember any RPG set in realistic medieval times in an open world environment. as strange as it sounds - this is one of the only games that has ever attempted this. im really interested. 

Ishiban
Ishiban

I don't know, I think a magic system based in Aristotlean metaphysics or Sabian cultic practices like in the Picatrix would have been appropriate.  But, hey, atleast they're trying something different... I guess.

Revenant_K
Revenant_K

It's sound like an improved version of Mount and Blade, I would love to give it a try. Why don't they kickstart it???
 My 60 bucks is ready.

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

They haven't decided ? Sounds like M$ will just buy the game and make it exclusive because they have the money to do so in their monopoly revenue, unlike their competition. I just hope developers make up their minds first and not just throwing it in trying to fetch money from the other 2 companies. If it keeps happening M$ will end up with all the games screwing Sony up and Video game market will turn like the OS Market. You don't like it? deal with it fckers because that's all there is, or make your own... lovely........

sgt_hunter
sgt_hunter

I was wondering if a game like this would ever be made! Looks like it will. 

wexorian
wexorian

Eddie since when PC is next gen console? you should had just wrote Mafia creator announces new medival rpg. that next gen consoles is bait to lure ppl here.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

No stupid goblins or elves or magic nonsense?

Make this insanely (read REALISTICALLY) Bloody and dark and I will be first in line.

Navardo95
Navardo95

PS4 please...oh and by the way not a fan of first person melee combat.

Hope it has 3rd person support.

streamline
streamline

@Fursnake I was thinking along the same lines. We'll also have characters that can't read and die slowly from surface wounds because most people don't know enough about sterilization.

streamline
streamline

@SphinxDemon You can still have both, but magicians would be charlatans and the girls will likely have bad teeth.

Sndewey
Sndewey

By the way, its got a third person view, and its set in a fantasy world, thats all I have to say at the moment.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

@sladakrobotCool people keep a fancy text document with all the worthwhile upcoming games and their release dates.

gufberg
gufberg

@sladakrobot Yeah, its kinda cruel to announce a game that early. I love when i learn of a new awesome game and see that its just 3 months away. 

gufberg
gufberg

@Ishiban Wouldn't Aristotelean metaphysics just be Platonic metaphysics since he was a student of Plato? I'm not very knowledgeable on this. I've only ever been vaguely interested in Neoplatonism during Late Antiquity. 

Ishiban
Ishiban

On second thought, generally these type of projects are shaped by our current worldview and conception of events based in it.  I find such things dry and dull; wiped of everything compelling that makes escaping to another time and place so compelling.  I genuinely hope this doesn't turn out like the movie remake of King Arthur a decade ago.

DeanoFantasy
DeanoFantasy

@JoedgabeIf the only option would be to play games on a Microsoft console, then I would no longer play games.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@Navardo95I agree, how hard can it REALLY be to make it switchable between the two?

123whatever
123whatever

@Ishiban i agree with you. this could be the ARMA of rpgs :/ not really a good thing. not to nark arma - its a good game... but there are others that pull off its primary mechanics so much better. if this releases anywhere near witcher 3 - it'll be the kingdom of amular to skyrim. people too busy to give it a second look

Navardo95
Navardo95

@VenkmanPHD @Navardo95 And I hope it has a proper 3rd person support so that the combat and animations don't feel ridiculously clunky!!!