Let’s start with some figures. On February 14, Daniel Vávra, the man in charge of the whole development, said on Czech TV ČT24 (the main news channel in the Czech Republic) that the sales are around 500 000 copies. At that time, SteamSpy showed less than 200 000 copies sold.
But what is not so well-known and shared is the information provided by Daniel that if the game will sell more than 1 000 000 copies, it will be a success even internally. This means that the game should be enough profitable for everyone, including its investor. And now, a week after, SteamSpy shows 420 000 copies, meaning we can safely assume that if the sales on SteamSpy have doubled, the overall sales number has surpassed the goal.
However, Daniel was asked about the next game and if the Warhorse Studios is working on it. The answer was a little bit shady and very clear at the same time. By Daniel’s words, the development of the entire engine took a lot of effort and money, so it is not possible just to move on and leave the engine behind. However, the studio would not start working on another game until they see that KCD is successful enough. The company wants to prove that the whole concept is viable, and this is already done, isn’t it?
Another important part of the interview was a question if we should expect KCD2 or another game based on its universe. Daniel answered that the game engine is complete, and he cannot promise that the next game would be again KCD. The studio can easily prepare a science-fiction game or something else. As an example, take Assassins Creed. It is easy to get through different timelines in the game with the engine and gameplay remaining the same.
In my opinion, if Kingdom Come: Deliverance is so successful, it would be a sin not to make another part. I have not finished the game yet, therefore, I don’t know the ending. But preparing another game from the Medieval age would be the most logical step. Who knows, maybe the setting will be changed to Space, and a great Mass Effect-like universe would emerge; we will enjoy flights over the alien planets and slaughter of green monsters. That would be also great and, probably, much easier to accomplish since nobody would be able to say that this is not how something looked like in the 15th century, that there are missing black people or that the scene and historical facts are not correct. Games about future are easier to create since nobody can blame you for errors.
To summarize my rant and based on the aforementioned interview and sales figures, yes, it is very unlikely that Warhorse Studios will not make another game. And yes, most probably it will be set in the universe of Kingdom Come. Nothing is written in the stone, so expect the unexpected. In my opinion, in 3 to 4 years, we will be again riding a horse, or another vehicle, in their game, and that is the most important information for all of us.
Now it’s time to get back into Kingdom Come: Deliverance and avenge my family!