The third-person multiplayer game from Green Man Gaming Publishing, Northern Ireland Screen and Donkey Crew has launched on Steam Early Access, and will begin by focusing on the combat system and key multiplayer modes including the ability to fight in battles with over 200 players.
Of Kings And Men is being created by indie developers Donkey Crew, previously known for their popular “cRPG” modification for Mount & Blade: Warband. The team are developing the medieval themed game in their own bespoke engine allowing them to create huge, stable multiplayer battles, as well as the customisation of characters from a choice of millions of combinations. The intuitive combat systems based on historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) fighters and medieval manuscripts captures the real spirit of melee fighting in a game.
“After 5 years of development, with all its ups and downs, today is both the most scary and amazing day for us – we can’t wait for everyone to experience it! We believe that Of Kings And Men will write its own history. If the community joins us now in this journey, they will forever be part of our very first era,” said Florian “chadz” Hofreither, Project Lead on Of Kings And Men, Donkey Crew.
“We are delighted to be working with Donkey Crew and Green Man Gaming on such an exciting and engaging project. The growth of the games industry is an important priority for us and Of Kings and Men is the type of ambitious game we want to attract to Northern Ireland. We are glad the Donkey Crew team have been able to make Northern Ireland their home during the development process and integrated themselves with an emerging group of local interactive content creators. Through Early Access we hope the public can see the potential in Of Kings and Men that we have believed in,” said Richard Williams, Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Screen.
“We always knew from the first time we saw the early development of the game, that once built, it would be a unique and epic addition to the games industry. Of Kings and Men is being developed by a passionate team who are fully dedicated to working with their community to deliver a medieval game that is as close to real-life melee combat as possible. We hope that everyone follows them on this exciting journey whilst enjoying the game on the way!,” said Paul Sulyok, CEO and Founder of Green Man Gaming Publishing.
Persistent Medieval War
Of Kings And Men allows you to experience huge, player-driven battles like no other. Engage in massive combat with more than 200 players, capture territories, or practice your fighting skills in competitive matches with intuitive melee combat.
Throughout Early Access, Of Kings And Men will introduce strategic elements, allowing players to conquer and control the land by political, economic or military means. Send armies to protect your cities and invade enemy territories. Lead your troops into decisive orchestrated sieges against player-built fortifications that are fought with hundreds of friends and foes simultaneously. Every victory or defeat shapes history forever.
Key Features in the Early Access launch:
- Battles. Over 200 players can battle it out in large, skirmish regions
- Factions. Team up and wage war against enemy kingdoms
- Skills. Train your character and practice your personal skills
- Progression. Unlock Swords, Polearms, Spears, Bows, Crossbows, and other authentic 13th Century weapons and armors to customize your look and play style
- Dynamic Combat. Fight with a fast-paced and intuitive combat system, based on the experience of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) fighters and medieval manuscripts
- Proprietary Engine. Donkey Crew’s custom engine provides a highly optimized, beautiful experience.