Kingdom Under Fire II

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Kingdom Under Fire II
Developer(s)Blueside
Phantagram
Publisher(s)Gameforge (Announced July 2019 from a video and various website)
Director(s)Sang Youn Lee
Producer(s)Sang Youn Lee
Composer(s)Cris Velasco
Chris Rickwood
SeriesKingdom Under Fire
EngineUnreal Engine 4 (PC)
Blueside 3.0 (PS4) [1]
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 4
ReleaseN/A
Genre(s)Real-time strategy, role-playing, MMORPG
Mode(s)Single Player, Multiplayer

Kingdom Under Fire II is a video game set in a high fantasy setting developed by Blueside which merge real-time strategy (RTS), role-playing game (RPG) and massively multiplayer online game (MMO) genres - the game is to have a single player, and online multiplayer mode. The game follows on chronologically from Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom, and is the first RTS game set in the Kingdom Under Fire universe to be released since the 2005 Kingdom Under Fire: Heroes.

The game was announced in January 2008, and has been subject to delay and changes to release platforms; A closed beta-test began in December 2011 in South Korea.

In November 2013, the developers announced that a version for the PlayStation 4 was in development.

The Chinese version of Kingdom Under Fire 2 entered a no-wipe Closed Beta state in March 2017. In July Taiwanese version entered an Open Beta.

Gameplay[edit]

The game combines action RPG with real-time strategy. The player is to control a hero who can command various troops. The player has full control of their character and can run around freely with their troops following them. When controlling other units, the game plays like a typical RTS; cannons for example can be used to break down castle walls and spearmen can be used to protect troops from cavalry.[2]

Plot[edit]

The plot of Kingdom Under Fire II comes chronologically after the events in Circle of Doom - which took place within the alternative dimension of the game's antagonist - Encablossa. The game's events continue the story of the Kingdom Under Fire universe, 150 years after Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders, and introduce a new faction - the 'Encablossians', who have been brought from the Encablossan dimension by Regnier,[3][4] an antagonist in previous games.

The game is to explore the wars between three factions: the Human Alliance, Dark Legion, and Encablossians in their struggle for control of the game's world, the continent of Bersia.[4]

Development[edit]

The game was originally announced in January 2008 to be published on PC and console platforms in 2009.[5] The game was to be a blend of MMO and RTS gameplay to create a "Multiplayer Online Action RTS" or MMORTS; key elements of the gameplay design include a single player 'story mode' as in the earlier RTS Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders, and a separate online multiplayer element where players would be able to undertake battles, both castle sieges, and pitched battles in fields.[4] The MMO aspect of the game was to take place in a persistent world, with players able to form and join guilds and take part in territorial battles (in up to 15 vs 15 player matches).[3]

In July 2009, Blueside confirmed an Xbox 360 version for release in 2010, the Xbox 360 version was stated to have greater emphasis on the single player campaign, and to also have an online multiplayer mode, as well as downloadable content, but a MMORTS mode was not confirmed.[6][7][8]

In March 2010, the project was reported by MMOSITE.com to be rumoured to be in development hell, with developer Blueside in financial trouble, with some employees salaries unpaid, and also as being affected by the departure of part of Blueside's development team to form a new company. In an interview representatives from Blueside and Phantagram stated that 90 persons were working on the project, and that the game had been delayed due a shortage of manpower caused by simultaneous development of console and PC versions, as well as delays due to inexperience with online game development. The lead developer Lee Sang Yong stated that there was no real problem with the development.[9]

In October 2010, the Xbox 360 version was announced to be delayed to at least Christmas 2011 due to restrictions imposed on Xbox Live games by Microsoft relating to billing; development of the actual game system was said by the developers to be complete.[10] The projects budget had exceeded $20 million by late 2010.[10]

In November 2010, Blueside announced the development of a PlayStation 3 version, initially with a projected release date in 2012, citing the suitability of the PS3's online mechanism's for adding updates. Issues relating to the online Xbox 360 version were stated to be under continued discussion with Microsoft.[11]

The game was developed with a video game rating of 15+, though the developers expected it may receive an 18+ rating due to the combat and war elements.[12] A closed beta test began in late 2011.[13][14]

In November 2013, the developer Blueside announced the game would be released for PC in Korea in the next month, and that the game was also in development for the PlayStation 4.[15] At the G-Star Korean gaming industry convention (November 2013), producer Sang-Yoon Lee announced that the game would be released on PC in South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore in the next month.[16][17] At G-Star Sang-Yoon Lee apologised for delays to the game, explaining that the development had been hampered by loss of half of its original 160 person team, as well as market conditions in South-East Asia, where the high computer specification requirements of the game meant a limited market for the product, requiring work to allow the game to run a relatively low powered hardware (e.g. GeForce 7600 graphics card); at the same time a PS4 version of the game was stated to be in development and expected to be complete by around May 2014.[17][18]

MMOGAsia announced open beta for Kingdom Under Fire II for May 22, 2014. The developer revealed that there will be no data wipes after the launch of open beta, so any progress made during the testing phase will carry over to full release.[19]

In April 2017, MMOGAsia announced that the game would be shut down permanently.[20]

In the spring of 2017 the launch in Russia was announced. [21] Innova is to be the Russian publisher. [22] The CBT phase is expected in the fall of 2017, so far there is a teaser website. [23]

It was announced on February 20th of 2019 that the Russian servers would be shut down on March 20th of 2019. The developers said this was due to working on "new projects". Kingdom Under Fire II wasn't confirmed for abandonment, but won't be available for playing. [24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kingdom Under Fire 2 Starts OBT in Russia This Fall and Then Comes to NA & EU". 2p.com. Archived from the original on December 15, 2017. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  2. ^ Kingdom Under Fire II: The Human Alliance, IGN, 18 October 2011
  3. ^ a b "Kingdom Under Fire II Q&A: Bringing Massively Multiplayer to RTS", uk.gamespot.com, GameSpot, pp. 1–2, 28 February 2009[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b c Charles Onyett (3 March 2008), "Kingdom Under Fire 2 Q&A", uk.pc.ign.com, IGN
  5. ^ Robert Purchese (28 January 2008), "Kingdom Under Fire gets MMO sequel", www.eurogamer.net, Eurogamer
  6. ^ Blueside (press release) (8 July 2008), César A. Berardini (ed.), "Kingdom Under Fire II Update + New Screenshots", news.teamxbox.com, Team Xbox, archived from the original on 11 February 2012
  7. ^ Oli Welsh (9 July 2009), "360 Kingdom Under Fire II not an MMO", www.eurogamer.net, Eurogamer
  8. ^ Tom Magrino (8 July 2009), "Kingdom Under Fire II igniting 360 in 2010", uk.gamespot.com, GameSpot, archived from the original on 11 July 2009
  9. ^ "Kingdom Under Fire II is Suffering an Ordeal or Goes to Miscarry", news.mosite.com, MMOsite.com, pp. 1–2, 2 March 2010
  10. ^ a b Robert Purchese (26 October 2010), "Xbox Live policy slows 360 KUFII release", www.eurogamer.net, Eurogamer
  11. ^ Robert Purchese (18 November 2010), "Kingdom Under Fire II heading to PS3", www.eurogamer.net, Eurogamer
  12. ^ "KUF2 Interview: The In-game War Probably Make It an 18+ MMOG", news.mmosite.com, MMOsite.com, pp. 1–2, 15 August 2011
  13. ^ Cindyhio, ed. (27 September 2011), "Kingdom Under Fire 2 to Kick off a CBT in Late 2011", news.mmosite.com, MMOsite.com, pp. 1–2
  14. ^ Kingdom Under Fire II 1st CBT Simple Review - MMORPG News, mmosite, 14 Dec 2011
  15. ^ Scammel, David (12 Nov 2013), "Kingdom Under Fire 2 confirmed for PS4", www.videogamer.com
  16. ^ "[GSTAR2013] "다음 달, 동남아부터 시작" '킹덤언더파이어2' 이상윤 사장 인터뷰", www.inven.co.kr (in Korean), 17 Nov 2013
  17. ^ a b Neltz, András (19 Nov 2013), "Kingdom Under Fire II Is Still on the Way. Honest!", kotaku.com
  18. ^ 킹덤언더파이어 2, 내년 상반기에는 꼭 선보이겠다, www.thisisgame.com (in Korean), 18 Nov 2013
  19. ^ "Kingdom Under Fire II Open Beta Launches This Week". MMO Attack. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  20. ^ "Game service shut down announcement", MMOGAsia, 10 April 2017
  21. ^ Suzie Ford (26 March 2017), Russian Version Gets Official Site, MMORPG
  22. ^ Suzie Ford (17 March 2017), 4Game Announced as Russian Publisher, MMORPG
  23. ^ Kingdom Under Fire 2
  24. ^ "Kingdom Under Fire 2 Russia". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2019-03-10.

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