Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Chivalry: Medieval Warfare

A first person "shooter" that has you running through gorgeous medieval battlefields with a sword & shield instead of a m16. Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is another mod turned retail game, just like Left 4 Dead, The Haunted, Killing Floor and Red Orchestra. It was a modification for Half Life 2, called Age of Chivalry, that was unique because of it's medieval combat with crossbows, halberds, catapults, archers, flails, morning stars, claymores and other medieval weapons. It also had unique objectives, like going through stages of capturing a castle and it also had normal modes like capture the flag and team deathmatch. Age of Chivalry was released in 2007 and won awards in 2008 and 2009. The guys making Chivalry: Medieval Warfare are composed of some of the members from Age of Chivalry, but they have created a new company called Torn Banner Studios. Chivalry is trying to keep the same concept of medieval first person combat from Age of Chivalry, but now they are powering it with a new engine, the UDK engine, the one developed by Epic Games. Let's look at some comparison screenshots just to show what a difference the new engine makes. Also, if it's not obvious by now, this game is for PC only.
    Age of Chivalry 
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare

Yeah, big difference and something that I'm very excited to see in action. This game will focus on infantry, no horses or anything like that. Just like in Age of Chivalry, Chivalry: Medieval Warfare uses a melee system that requires you to block, gauge your stamina and focus on your enemies reactions. They are planning to revamp melee combat, ranged combat, interactive environments and the movement system. They have big plans for this game over at Torn Banner Studios and I cannot wait to see what they end up with. Age of Chivalry was one of my favorite mods for the source engine and now they have a professional team, an actual budget and a great engine to base the game on. There isn't much to show so far of Chivalry, it's in alpha, but they do have a lot of information about their goals and aspirations, so let me share some of those with you all. With melee combat they are creating a system that allows you to have full control of your swings, by making your strikes precise in real time and dependent on your skill as a player. There will also being dynamic objectives, just like in Age of Chivalry, but presumably they will be better. The objectives will involve the likes of battering down gates, scaling siege towers and assassinating royalty, among other objectives. There will also be a persistent character system that allows you to earn experience and unlock new ways to customize your warrior into a more deadly combatant. Take a look at this alpha teaser that shows off a little bit of gameplay.

Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Alpha Ingame Teaser

Chivalry is going to be a fully multiplayer game, with little or no single player options, except for the possibility of coop and some kind of offline mode. At the moment, the game will have four classes to choose from: Vanguard, Men-at-Arms, Archer and Knight. To break them down simply, the Men-At-Arms has low armor but it quite fast, the Archer has low armor and moderate speed, the Knight is slow but heavily armored and the Vanguard is has decent armor and speed. To take a closer look at the classes and the weapons available to them, check out the classes page and the arsenal page over at the Chivalry website. This is one of those games that I wish I had discovered later, since it likely has a long period of development before any kind of playable version is out and I already want to play it rather badly. There isn't any other games like Chivalry and that alone is worth some of your attention. Thanks for reading and check back later for some Sengoku impressions. If you want some more gameplay to watch for Chivalry, there are also two developers diaries that I will link to below.
Developer Diary #1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYrkn6EFwOg&feature=related
Developer Diary #2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6MxDh0lMSo&feature=related
Main Websitehttp://www.chivalrythegame.com/blog/

-Written by Sean Cargle


  1. Great review. Looking forward to this game!