1C Entertainment and Koch Media have announced that the release of the tactical RPG sequel, King’s Bounty 2, has been delayed to August 24. The original release was planned for some time in March, but that will no longer be possible as the developers want to ensure “adequate time to deliver a King’s Bounty best possible experience”.
“We are currently at a stage where the content is complete and playable, but we need more time to finish playtesting, fixing, and polishing. The revised launch date will give us additional time for balancing, which is much needed for such an important project, with its ambitious open-world, complex narrative, and deep turn-based tactical and RPG mechanics,” said producer Denis Maltzev in a statement. “Seeing the love and passion that you, our fans, put behind this project, we are grateful for all your support and ask for a little more patience with us.”
King’s Bounty 2 is 1C Entertainment’s first numbered sequel for the series. While there have earlier been a number of installments to the series, the upcoming game aims to change things up drastically. It will feature the classic turn-based gameplay with a mix of third-person, open world exploration. It will also feature a full story, along with RPG elements that interact with gameplay.
Players will take on the role of one of three protagonists, each of who come with different attributes which affect the overall gameplay. But with each attribute comes an equal drawback. For instance Aivar, the warrior, might have a hard time with magic based puzzles, and would rather take a more direct approach. Similarly, the gameplay will vary based on the primary attributes of your starting character.
King’s Bounty 2 will also feature four prime ideals that the player can follow; power, order, anarchy, and finesse. Depending on your in-game actions, you’ll be aligned with NPC’s or factions that hold the respective ideal at their core. Not just that, but your abilities and skills will also evolve depending upon which ideal you swing towards.
The original King’s Bounty was released in 1990 and developed by New World Computing. As you can imagine, it wasn’t as evolved as King’s Bounty 2 seems to be; it featured basic RPG elements and a bare-bones story.
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