When Warhorse Studios announced its realistic medieval open-world RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance in December, it seemed to still have trouble securing a publisher. So blow that! The studio founded by folks including the creator of Mafia today launched a Kickstarter so it can finish the game and self-publish. It's looking for £300,000 ($500,000-ish) to prove to an investor that people are interested before the moneymen will pony up the rest.
"We want to bring you a strong story rooted in the height of the Middle Ages, brought to life in all its glory," Warhorse says on the Kickstarter campaign page. "Think of it as Braveheart: The Game. Majestic castles, armored knights, large, open field battles, and political intrigue set in a vast, emergent world."
It'll range across 3.5 square miles--"we want to concentrate on quality rather than quantity," says Warhorse--and offer nonlinear quests with paths from persuading to murdering. Expect castle sieges, horseback combat, skill-based crafting minigames, and no flipping dragons.
Warhose plans to launch Kingdom Come for PC, Mac, and Linux in the fourth quarter of 2015, and hopes to release Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions too. Pledging at least £15 (about $24) to Kickstarter will get you a copy of the finished game.
Check out today's new screenshots, and see a little gameplay in the pitch video:
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