Korean studios Blueside and Phantagram have revealed Kingdom Under Fire II, a game described as the "true sequel" to 2001's tactical action game, Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders. Scheduled to arrive on PC and "console" platforms in 2009, the game promises to take its predecessor's combination of real-time strategy and action to the massively online realm and create a terrifying new genre: The Massively Multiplayer Online Action Real-Time Strategy game, or MMOARTS (LOI) for short.
Apart from sounding like a skin disease caused by washing your hands with a dirty eel, the MMOARTS demarcation points to all things epic, with thousands of (possibly cornrowed) players being able to clash on the battlefields, lay siege to enemy fortresses and otherwise "write their own epic poetry of war." Take care not to spend all your time smelling the red roses and blue violets, however, as the press release warns that the game's castle siege mode will deliver "realistic mediaeval [sic] battle onto your nose."
Though it certainly sounds ambitious, Kingdom Under Fire II's return to roots may be what wins back those fans and critics who expressed disappointment in the most recent Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom (off-the-KUF remarks, if you will). Well, that and the claim that it "will truly be an unheralded gift in a pleasant way to both gamers and gaming industry." Find the full press release after the break... in a pleasant way.
KINGDOM UNDER FIRE II
A Sequel bound to redefine the Kingdom Under Fire universe!
- True Action RTS sequel heir to the world acclaimed Kingdom Under Fire series
- Pioneering a new genre, MMOARTS (Massively Multiplayer Online Action RTS) for multi-platforms.
- The first revealed real-time screenshots off a work-in-progress build.
BLUESIDE globally announced today that they will team up with PHANTAGRAM and co-develop a true sequel to the award-winning Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders and Kingdom Under Fire: Heroes, well known for their innovative pioneering of a new genre called Action RTS and highly lauded by worldwide audiences as the first ever hybrid game of action and real-time strategy. Named as "Kingdom Under Fire II", the new version of Kingdom Under Fire is aiming for 2009 release and will be available worldwide on both PC and console platforms.
Kingdom Under Fire II will not only inherit all the merits of the previous Action RTS series that numerous fans have raved about but also feature much enhanced game system that will allow gamers to experience vastly immense tactical game play and intense action in unprecedented scale of battlefield. Moreover, it will support a single offline mode and an online mode where thousands of gamers can join in a server to pit their skills against each other. With next-gen quality of graphic and rich game play, it will truly be an unheralded gift in a pleasant way to both gamers and gaming industry.
Whereas Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom was an Action RPG deviated from the main Action RTS stream of Kingdom Under Fire Series, this sequel version will be a true inheritor of the world acclaimed Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders in the truest sense with promises to deliver a unique game play and story line where the plot is filled with drama between game characters, who will all contribute to raise suspense and intensity of combat. Unlike the previous RTS series where the Human Alliance and the Dark Legion faced each other in endless battles, there will be a new third faction vying for control of the world, which will definitely pique the curiosity of fans worldwide.
BLUESIDE's CEO Sejung Kim stated that "We are preparing for an immense game that will feature not only field battles, but also titanic siege engines and thousands of units that will swarm over monstrous fortresses in siege battles of epic proportions." clearly expressing her confidence in the next title.
While more information around the game shall be revealed down the road, the development of new Kingdom Under Fire is on track to explore new worlds where no one has gone before.
- A true Action RTS inheritor of the world acclaimed Kingdom Under Fire series, which continues a saga of Bersian heroes on Kingdom Under Fire universe.
- Massively Multiplayer Online game where thousands of gamers can co-play and write their own epic poetry of war.
- Much empowered real-time strategy game system with highly intense action and intuitive control while succeeding all the great merits of previous versions.
- Unprecedentedly massive scale of castle siege mode to deliver realistic mediaeval battle onto your nose.
- Deeper and richer campaign mode than that of "Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders"
- Competition and War among 3 factions over the domination of Bersia continent; Human Alliance, Dark Legion and a new mystery force.
BLUESIDE Inc., consisting of the core members who created "Kingdom Under Fire" titles for Xbox, is a developer of interactive game software with a mission to break new ground in the electronic entertainment industry. With highly experienced experts in game development, computer animation, and multimedia contents, BLUESIDE Inc. promises to deliver the most exciting and unique gaming experience to all gamers transcending cultures and territories. (http://www.blueside.co.kr)
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