Life Is Feudal

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Life is Feudal: Your Own
Life is Feudal logo.jpg
Developer(s)Bitbox Ltd.
Designer(s)Vladimir Piskunov, Artur Borodin
EngineFeudal Engine (Modified Torque 3D Version 1.1)
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
Release17 November 2015 [1][2]
Genre(s)Online role-playing video game, Sandbox

Life is Feudal is video game franchise set in a fictional Medieval world, developed by Bitbox Ltd. On top of their two flagship titles - Life is Feudal: Your Own and Life is Feudal: MMO, Bitbox Ltd have expanded the franchise by publishing other titles, such as MindIllusion's title, Forest Village.

Life is Feudal: Forest Village[3]
Life is Feudal Forest Village logo.jpg
Developer(s)Mindillusion
Publisher(s)Bitbox Ltd.
Designer(s)Вячеслав Доценко, Oleg Kolyada, Дмитрий Шкаровский
EngineFeudal Engine (Modified Torque 3D Version 1.1)
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
Release26 August 2016 (Early Access)
Genre(s)Indie, Simulation, Strategy, Early Access
Life is Feudal: MMO
Developer(s)Bitbox Ltd.
EngineFeudal Engine (Modified Torque 3D Version 1.1)
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows Edit this on Wikidata
Releaseearly 2018
Genre(s)MMORPG, Online role-playing video game, Sandbox

Development[edit]

During the late winter of 2014, the indie team - which later became Bitbox Ltd - had created a working tech demo for the concept of Life is Feudal: MMO, showcasing many of the main gameplay features, such as real time multiplayer, terraforming, and objects construction.

After finding an investor, development continued for two years, with a team of originally five that grew to fifteen during this period of time.

Both Life is Feudal: Your Own (LiF:YO) and Life is Feudal: MMO (LiF:MMO) shared many of the core mechanics and gameplay, leading to a largely shared codebase for both games being developed simultaneously. Life is Feudal: Your Own was first launched by Bitbox Ltd. on the gaming platform Steam in September 2014 under the Early Access program, reaching Steam's ‘Top Ten’ within two weeks.[4] Within a month, Life is Feudal: Your Own sold over 100,000 copies and continued to rise in popularity.

Life is Feudal: Your Own was released out of Early Access on 17 November 2015, including a trailer and launch cutscene narrated by Sean Bean[5] While the game had originally used DIrectX 9 for its rendering API, the release introduced a new graphical overhaul using DirectX11,[6] along with many new mechanics, balancing tweaks and bug fixes. The game is, as of November 2016, still being actively supported by the development team, with numerous patches introducing further features and improvements on the existing game.

After the release of Life is Feudal: Your Own, Bitbox Ltd. began the transition into a larger team focusing on Life is Feudal: MMO. Closed beta tests for the game began during the second half of 2016.[7] Bitbox Ltd. also announced a partnership with Xsolla in support of Life is Feudal: MMO.

In 2016, Bitbox Ltd. also published another game as part of the Life is Feudal franchise; Life is Feudal: Forest Village, currently being developed by the studio MindIllusion and available on Steam Early Access. Life is Feudal: Forest Village is an alternative take on a similar scenario to the one facing players in previous titles - in this game, the player assumes control of a settlement of villagers, leading them through a survival simulation, with aspects such as seasonal changes, vegetation and illness presenting problems that threaten the village's stability.

Life is Feudal: Your Own[edit]

In Life is Feudal: Your Own, the player is given an open ended starting point on a 9 square kilometers map, from which they must gather necessary resources to survive. Mechanics such as hunger, wild animals and player vs. player combat are the most immediate threats to players, encouraging co-operation with other nearby players in order to gain an advantage. Players can also build structures, weapons and armour, as well as breeding a variety of animals.

Life is Feudal: Your Own allows up to 64 players to join a private or public hosted server, with a variety of configurable options, many of which can be fine-tuned in the game's hosting interface. An executable to run a dedicated server is also offered.

Life is Feudal: MMO[edit]

Life is Feudal: MMO is a multiplayer sandbox RPG with survival aspects. Described as a "real life Medieval simulator MMO", the game features a 21km x 21km world inspired by the cold regions of Northern Europe. Life is Feudal: MMO takes place in a realistic feudal setting where players work their way up from scavenging for materials and shelter to becoming a leader of a guild. The game features a crafting system, building features, and terraforming across the map - meaning players can build their own house and town anywhere in the world.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Life is Feudal:Your Own"Steam. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 7 November 2016
  2. ^ "Release!"lifeisfeudal.com. Bitbox Ltd. Retrieved 7 November 2016
  3. ^ "Life is Feudal: Forest Village" Steam. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 09 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Life is Feudal Press Release"(2 October 2014). Gamasutra. Retrieved 7 November 2016
  5. ^ "Sean Bean escorts Life is Feudal out of Early Access"(Andy Chalk, 6 November 2015). PC Gamer. Retrieved 8 November 2016
  6. ^ "DirectX 11 and Improvements previewed" MMOs.com. Retrieved 10 November 2016
  7. ^ "Life is Feudal MMO"wccftech.com. Retrieved 15 November 2016