New King’s Bounty Recieves Bountiful Praise

By Kieron Gillen on April 21st, 2008 at 10:29 am.

Turn based combat is awesome

Yesterday we were being a little conspiracy-ist theory about what 1C: Ino-Co were working on alongside Majesty. We suddenly realised we may have been missing something – 1C are publishing the forthcoming King’s Bounty: The Legend, a reboot of the proto-Heroes of Might and Magic game. Except it’s not it – the developers aren’t 1C: Ino-Co, but rather Katauri Interactive, which is basically what The Space Rangers 2 team did next. And, to be honest, coming from the Space Rangers 2 team is I need to get a bit excited about something – but that it’s just received the press award from the recent Russian KRI show is another promising sign.

There’s also a little prehistory to this one too, it seems. It wasn’t originally a King’s Bounty Game – it was actually a project called Battlelords, which seemed to have changed titles when they got the licence. There’s a long tradition of this, of course – for example, System Shock 2 existing as a new-fiction sci-fi game before EA gave them the keys to Shodan and friends. But picking up old PC licences does seem to be something of a trend in Russia – presumably this is buying a little brand recognition at what you have to presume is a relatively reasonable price.

Oh – here’s a video of it in action…

Where does this leave us?
1) There’s another turn-based adventuring game to look forward to.
2) We still don’t know what 1C: Ino-Co’s second game is.
3) I probably should do some kind of retrospective feature on Space Rangers.

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21 Comments »

  1. fluffy bunny says:

    Ah, King’s Bounty. I’ve been looking forward to this for a while. It looks really sweet, and knowing how much I loved Space Rangers 2 (which I bought as a part of my eternal hunt for more games like Star Control 2), I’m pretty sure Katauri has what it takes to make this a hit.

  2. Thelps says:

    I before E EXCEPT AFTER C! Pfft, for shame, Gillen, for shame.

    As for this game, it looks rather entertaining. I’ve been waiting for a suitable Heroes of M&M replacement for some time, and the graphics look rather pleasing, which is a fitting departure from Might and Magic’s bargain-basement style visuals and animations. I particularly remember Heroes 4 where everyone walked around like they’d just shat themselves and were trying very hard not to smear it all over their pants.

  3. Homunculus says:

    Perhaps a combined retrospective / preview, as Space Rangers 2 is apparently receiving a substantial addon imminently.

  4. J says:

    Turned based giant squid combat…there’s your future of videogames folks.

  5. 18Rabbit says:

    Looks like a Heroes of Might and Magic meets RPG. That could pretty awesome.

  6. Nick says:

    This makes me happy.. this and whatever Stardock are up to will hopefully scratch my fantasy TBS itch.

  7. HikariExpress says:

    Maybe it’s just me, but this game reminds me of Shining Force. And this is a good thing.

  8. Chiablo says:

    So it’s Might and Magic 5 with bosses?

  9. Kieron Gillen says:

    Except hopefully not a bit nob.

    KG

  10. fluffy bunny says:

    It’s perhaps worth noting that only the fights are turn-based. Exploration is done in real-time, and enemies move around and stuff (it also seems there will be some “dynamic world”-elements, like in Space Rangers).

  11. RichPowers says:

    I was sold on the picture of the giant squid attacking the ship. If your game features giant marauding squids, I’ll buy it no questions asked (I’m looking at you C&C Red Alert).

    Too bad I never installed Space Rangers 2. The version I had was Starforced. My friend shouted at me not to install it as I reached for the CD. Too bad it wasn’t a slow-mo dive accompanied by “NOOOOOO IT’S STARFORCED!!!”

  12. HikariExpress says:

    @fluffy bunny: Which is why I said it reminds me of Shining Force (except for the enemies moving around, that’s more like Earthbound). But then again, perhaps I should stop name-dropping jRPGs to a bunch of PC-centric blokes on a PC-centric website, that’s just not a very good idea.

  13. fluffy bunny says:

    HikariExpress: I was mainly responding to the idea that this was “HoMM5 with boss-battles”, though I should probably made that clear to begin with.

  14. Nick says:

    Shining Force was more of a Strategy RPG, thus not gash unlike most jRPGs.

    ¬_¬

  15. HikariExpress says:

    @Nick: You don’t need to give me that nasty look, I actually agree with you. Shining Force (for being the only Strategy RPG with actual exploration) and Earthbound (for its quirky sense of humor) are pretty much the only jRPGs I care about.

  16. Nick says:

    It’s not a nasty look, it’s “shifty eyes”! I don’t think all jrapgs are rubbish (Golden Sun/2 and Chronotrigger I love) I was just being facetious

  17. InVinoVeritas says:

    No one here has any love for any of the Shin Megami Tensei games (especially Nocturne)? JRPG’s at their finest, IMHO.

  18. HikariExpress says:

    @Nick: Ah yes, Chrono Trigger! Silly me, how could I forget that one?

    @InVinoVeritas: The SMT series? Never gave them a shot, even though I heard great things about them. Oh, and I really like your nickname. =)

  19. MeestaNob! says:

    I’ve never heard of these guys or Space wotsit or any of that, but I reckon a turn based HoMM that doesnt look like an 80s port and boss fights against giant turtles means I’ll be buying this asap.

  20. fluffy bunny says:

    http://www.crpg.ru/sections.php?op=viewarticle&artid=2287

    First review (in russian, but the score says it all). Gah, why do we have to wait so long before we get this game?

  21. it-ogo says:

    King’s Bounty was especially popular in Russia… Not even because of itself but because of free amateur non-licenced sequel “King’s Bounty 2″ by russian programmer. The main difference – kb2 was used random map generator.