Arthurian legend has long been a source of material for artists and creators. There is enough in those old myths and legends to fill an entire library of stories, and NeocoreGames is the latest in a long line of game developers to seek out the Knights of the Round Table for inspiration.
Launching on Kickstarter today with a hopeful release target of 2021, King Arthur: Knights Tale will place players in the role of Sir Mordred, a former nemesis of King Arthur, who managed to kill the infamous king. As he died, you were both cursed, and Sir Mordred is brought back by the Lady of the Lake to kill whatever King Arthur has now become.
It’s a little bit of Injustice: Gods Among Us, it’s a little bit of Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. Every character has a unique personality and storyline and depending on your actions and choices, your loyal knights may leave the Round Table and fight against you.
The combat system is similar to turn-based strategy games we’ve seen before, and the title features perma-death, so every fight is important to the story. Control players across unique maps and take out the enemy. Finishing the campaign opens up endgame content that leads to defeating Balor the god-king himself. There are many aspects of the Kickstarter campaign that are lofty promises, but from the screenshots and video already released, it seems as though the developers are right on track.
Every Kickstarter campaign should come with a grain of salt, as there are many examples of games that hit funding but have failed to deliver (looking at you, Star Citizen). But, if what you see of King Arthur: Knight’s Tale tickles your fancy, there is plenty of content to get when you open your wallets.
In addition to getting the game at a discounted rate (backers save 35%), backer rewards range from beta access to future expansions to your face in the game and a tour of the Budapest office. The developers are also offering rewards based on the achievement of social goals. This is an increasingly common tactic used to increase the share count of the campaign, and if it pays off, players just might get a second playable character.
King Arthur: Knight’s Tale is fundraising with a goal to release in the first half of 2021. It will be released for PC, with versions for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X to follow.