Return to Krondor
|Return to Krondor|
|Genre(s)||Role-playing video game|
Return to Krondor is a role-playing video game set in Raymond Feist's fictional fantasy setting of Midkemia. A sequel to 1993's Betrayal at Krondor, it was released for Windows 95 on the PC in time for the 1998 Christmas season. Within the game, the player commands a group of heroes with different attributes, strengths, and weaknesses which the player may upgrade over the course of the game.
Feist later wrote a novelization of this game, entitled Krondor: Tear of the Gods. It is the third part of his Riftwar Legacy trilogy; the first part of which was a novelization of Betrayal at Krondor entitled Krondor: The Betrayal.
Starting in the city of Krondor and eventually venturing out into other specific parts of the Midkemia world, the game focuses on battling humans and evil creatures of various kinds. Although the story is very linear in nature, the game offers a range of possibilities while the player is adventuring in Krondor. While the computer graphics of the game is now visually outdated by games like the plotwise very similar Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II, the game featured some unique or rarely seen features at the time of release, including elaborate alchemy and thieving. Using alchemical equipment, it is possible to brew custom potions from a variety of ingredients. In order to open locked or trapped chests and doors, a simulation of the process of disarming and lockpicking is initiated. Facing a variety of different mechanisms, it is necessary to pick the right lockpicking tools and then use them with care, simulated by carefully timed mouse clicking.
- James is the player character in the game. He is a thief who has become a squire by favor of Arutha, Prince of Krondor.
- Jazhara is a mage from a distant, Middle-Eastern-inspired land called Kesh.
- William is a Krondorian guard and exceptional fighter.
- Kendaric is both a mage and an alchemist.
- Solon is a priest using divine magic and a body that blocks all blows.
- 1994: Dynamix, at this time a division of Sierra On-line, reorganizes their staff and cancels a planned sequel to Betrayal at Krondor named Thief of Dreams.
- 1996: 7th Level purchased the license for the game and renamed it Return to Krondor. They developed the game basics, produced the screen backgrounds and added the character voices, then turned to Cincinnati-based Pyrotechnix for the more technical aspects of the game development.
- 1997: Pyrotechnix, at this time a division of 7th Level, is sold to Sierra On-line.
- 1998: Pyrotechnix completes the game. It is published in November.
- 2010: The game is updated for compatibility with modern systems and re-released on Good Old Games on March 4.
- Hitchcock, Jayne (October 1998), "Return to Krondor", Computer Gaming World (San Francisco, CA: Ziff-Davis) (171): 132–136.
- Return to Krondor at MobyGames
- 1998 Gamespot Review
- Website of Neal Hallford, original writer and designer on "Return to Krondor"