Kingdom Come: Deliverance to be split into 3 episodes, Kickstarter now live

By Dave Cook, Wednesday, 22 January 2014 12:21 GMT

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is the sprawling open world RPG from the former Mafia developers that make up Warhorse Studios. The team has revealed it will split the PC and next-gen game into three episodes as a way of managing workloads and costs, along with the launch of a Kickstarter campaign.

We’ve got the first Kingdom Come: Deliverance trailer through the link, along with some debut screens.

The Kingdom Come: Deliverance Kickstarter bears a £300,000 goal, and at the time of writing Workhorse has raised £23,605. There are 29 days of funding left.

Speaking with RPS, Workhorse discussed the RPG, which has been inspired by Medieval Europe, bears no fantasy elements and is looking mighty dark indeed.

The game’s director Daniel Vávra revealed that the game will be split into three episodes, and that Kickstarter aside, it has also secured investment funding from Czech investor Zdenek Bakala to help drive the project onward. On the game’s episodic format, Vávra explained, “The good thing is that the story was written from the beginning as three chapters, so it makes sense to do it this way.

“Every chapter is placed on a new map, but if you’re on a quest in chapter two, you can come back and do quests in the chapter one location. But otherwise the new story takes place on a new map. So we decided this was ideal. The first chapter still has nine square kilometers [of map size] and 30 hours of gameplay, so it’s not a small game. We will lower the price accordingly, though. It’s not going to be $60 per episode, but rather $35 or something. That’s our plan.”

However, if the Kickstarter fails, the game will collapse. Vávra continued, “The game will not happen if we don’t succeed on Kickstarter. This isn’t a PR stunt or anything. It’s really, if we don’t get the money, it’s game over. We’re not the investor. The investor is someone who, luckily for us, is still believing in the project somehow – but not enough to give us the money now. So it’s not some greedy PR stunt. It really can’t happen without the money. This isn’t just a way to promote the game for free or something.”

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