Right Royal: Kingdom Under Fire II

It gets longer the more I think about my lost horse
Oh this is excellent. I’d entirely forgotten that the Kingdom Under Fire sequel was coming out on PC, and here it comes with a new trailer, looking all shiny and hurling monsters all over a battlefield. It’s even supposed to be out this year, although I see no precise release date. The KUF games are third person action games that take place within a kind of larger, albeit simplistic, RTS. This means you’re fighting an overall battle, but also doing violence in person as your character against hundreds of enemies. The new game looks awesome in its absurdity, as this screenshot gallery attests. It also appears to feature plenty of RPGish wandering about as your character, as well as midriffs, unlikely swords, and flying boats.

Also… Darth Vader? Is that you?

61 Comments

  1. KingCathcart says:

    jiggle jiggle

    • Garg says:

      boing boing

    • SimoRoth says:

      Breasts do not work that way!

    • Davie says:

      Remember, this is basically Korean Warhammer, which means the laws of physics simply do whatever is most appealing to male nerds awesome.

    • Richard Beer says:

      She’s going to do terrible damage to her Cooper’s ligament leaping about like that without proper support. She’ll regret it come middle age, mark my words!

    • AndrewC says:

      The KUF world has lower gravity*, which explains how such enormous weapons can be wielded, jumps can be so high and breasts move like…like…oh my…look at the breasts.

      * because Asian game worlds are more style over ‘substance’. No, no, wait, it’s because Asian action games are smarter than western ones, and thus ‘less dense’. No, no wait, it’s because in Asian-game story-tellling everyone turns out to be everyone else’s father/sister/clone thus making the worlds very ‘small’…no…no…wait…I…look at the breasts…

    • Giant, fussy whingebag says:

      Clearly they’re fakes. Made from jelly. Plus, she can’t be getting enough support from that top.

      Also, what is it with flying boats?

    • Dominic White says:

      “Also, what is it with flying boats?”

      They are awesome and let you have dramatic naval battles in the middle of the desert. I will brook no further argument on the subject.

    • Thecreeperskg says:

      giggity giggity!!

    • Vague-rant says:

      “They are awesome and let you have dramatic naval battles in the middle of the desert. I will brook no further argument on the subject.”

      Yes, but, what about the boats?

    • Ezhar says:

      And how do they get propelled forward by waving rudders about in the air?

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      Hello? Flying Dutchman principle? Geez, people.

    • Danarchist says:

      The best part is the second I saw her the second thing that popped into my head was “I bet her boyfriend has to spend hours massaging her shoulders and back too!”

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      Waltorious says:

      Are those…. sandbags?

  2. Warduke says:

    The Age of Light has come to an end. It is time for a new age to begin, an age of flying ships and women with chronic lower back pain.

    • PeopleLikeFrank says:

      Ooh, now get a gruff Japanese man to explain that to me.

  3. Dominic White says:

    The KuF games on the original Xbox are some of my favourite games of all time. The RTS side of things looks simplistic, but it quickly becomes hard as nails, and requires you to really get your Warhammer thinking-cap on. Archers are less accurate if they have the sun in their eyes. Cavalry work best when you can maneuver their charge through multiple enemy regiments and back out to safety. Air support needs to be carefully managed too. And all this while actually fighting as your main character on the front-lines. It’s multitasking hell, and it looks like the sequel is even letting you command 10+ regiments at once. This is going to kill my poor, squishy brain.

    KuF2 apparently adds an MMO-lite persistent campaign on top of all the singleplayer and skirmish stuff as well. Pick a faction, build an army, fight other players and repeat until you’ve conquered the world map over a period of weeks/months, and then a new session begins.

    Fun fact: KuF2 is the highest-budget game in Korean history, and by no small margin. It has been in development for ages, and looks no less fantastic now, considering that it started development back when the 360 was a new piece of kit.

    • ErikM says:

      I remember having a love/hate relationship to the series. Had a previous game to the XBox. There’s a man with a sword on it wearing a sort of fur collar. Can’t recall its exact name.

      I remember liking the game. But I remember it being -very- frustrating at times. It makes me sort of apprehensive about this. But then, it’s been ages since I played a game where you just wade through enemies with a sword. Maybe it’s time I put my man/orc/undead/elf-slaying cap on.

    • mcnostril says:

      I had both KuF games on xbox (I think there were only two) and I loved them to death. I was pretty pissed that my xbox died a horrible death because I never got around to finishing all campaigns of the second game.

      The amount of heroes to choose from (and a lot them did play very differently), the upgrades for units, the RTS bits and the insane, chaotic fighting really made KuF something special. Let’s not forget the terrible voice acting as well – it was pretty hilarious (and luckily skippable).
      It had some frustrating as hell missions, but overall they were great games. The difficult campaigns were quite the challenge. I was amazed at how quickly you could master the interface and pull off some really complex maneuvers with just an xbox controller, and how the game expected you to use those strategies instead of just rushing forward and hacking away at everything.

      Also Encablossa is quite a satisfying name to hear. OH NO! IT’S ENCABLOSSA! Encablossa this, encablossa that. I forgive the annoying as shit encablossa missions just because they’re called encablossa. Also it looked hilarious.

  4. Davie says:

    I remember seeing a trailer for this years ago; it’s awesome to know it’s close to release. I do hope we see it in the US in the near future.

  5. Polysynchronicity says:

    Hm.

    -Stripper armor (with high heels!)
    -some airships FF’s design department threw out (AIR-OARS!)
    -hyper-masculine male characters
    -generic ugly enemies
    -Dynasty Warriors (?) ish gameplay
    -steroidic Darth Vader as the big bad

    Out of all that, the only vaguely cool thing is the (hilarious) air-oars. I think I’ll go for Vindictus instead, looks like that might fill my fighty quota nicely.

  6. Dominic White says:

    For those of you wondering how the actual gameplay works out. Imagine playing Dynasty Warriors and the RTS side of Shogun: Total War simultaneously. And neither side pulls any punches, especially as your situational awareness is limited by what each of your regiments can see. You can see all the battlefield, but the locations of enemy regiments are hidden unless you can get eyes on it, usually by detaching single runners from regiments and sending them out as scouts – if the scout gets caught, then that regiment is down one man before the fight even started.

    It’s shockingly clever stuff. It’s also ridiculous power-metal fantasy at it’s most X-Treem. Imagine Warhammer Fantasy with the excess of Warhammer 40k. Although it does at least seem to realise just how nuts that is – the Xbox games were quite tongue-in-cheek.

  7. Simon says:

    Blargh. I enjoyed the KUF games on the original XBox but my current PC has nowhere near enough power to run this. Bring on the inevitable post-Christmas sale so I can get a new machine damn it.

  8. sfury says:

    The power of the underboob is strong with this one.

  9. RiptoR says:

    Man, that’s a big crow (or a tiny sword perhaps)…

    • Bhazor says:

      I think its supposed to be a raven, a large and ominous bird to be sure but a bird whose call does not inspire much fear. Kind of like a crow with a hairball.

  10. Okami says:

    Fun Fact: The original Kingdom Under Fire was a pc RTS/RPG hybrid. To be more precise, it was a direct Warcraft 2 / Diablo ripp off. You’d play one RTS level, then an action RPG level, then an RTS level, etc…

    It was quite bad.

    The Xbox game KuF: Legends was one of the most frustratingly hard games I’ve ever played. I managed to beat the first few campaigns, but never managed to complete the first mission of any of the advanced campaigns – though not for lack of trying.

    The games (there was a second Xbox game) really are someting very unique though and pc gamers shouldn’t be too quick to judge them by their asian looks or console heritage. These are true hardcore games and while playing them you’ll catch yourseld wishing that the developers had ‘dumbed them down a bit for the consoletards.’

  11. strange headache says:

    Oh my this looks generic. It’s like the Asian equivalent to a man with a big gun, a man with a big sword. Women with big boobs seem to be equally popular on both sides.

    • Dominic White says:

      Well, it’d look rather disturbing if the women only had big boobs on one side.

    • strange headache says:

      “Both sides” as in easterners and westerners. But anyway, I’m sure you knew that already.

    • SF Legend says:

      It would make a lot of sense for amazons, though.

  12. kraz says:

    I hope it still features Korean death metal as the soundtrack. The original was pretty much the epitome of epic in this regard.

  13. ZIGS says:

    Wow, a Korean game on the PC that isn’t a Counter-Strike clone nor a MMO? Well I’ll be damned!

    • Dominic White says:

      No, it’s an MMO (although probably closer to Endwar or Chrome Hounds in structure), but that’s on top of being a story-based game.

    • ZIGS says:

      Ah good, all is right with the world then

    • alseT says:

      Wait does this mean it has a monthly subscription?

    • Dominic White says:

      No idea yet, but I’d be fairly surprised if they went the full subscription route, especially as it’ll be launching into a marketplace where, unless you’ve got a ton to offer, it’s just not going to work.

    • Bhazor says:

      No it’s a single player game with what sounds like a fantastic persistent MMO component. link to uk.pc.ign.com

  14. Tom says:

    Mmm Nydus Worm at the end filled with Banelings.

  15. Hmm says:

    I NEED AN ANSWER NAO!
    What exactly IS this game, because I’m hearing conflicting reports from various sources. Some say there’s a single player campaign and an MMO-like mp, others claim there’s NO single player campaign, you cannot play offline at all, that it’s an MMO in which there are merely single player missions.

    If it’s a pure MMO, I’m afraid I’ll have to lose interest right now, even though the game looks great.

  16. Sir Digby says:

    From their website:

    “Unprecedentedly massive scale of castle siege mode to deliver realistic mediaeval battle onto your nose.”

    LOLWUT?

  17. Dominic White says:

    Other than being in development since the DAWN OF TIME, the only thing I’m worried about with KuF2 is that they’ve only showed off two of the three factions so far – the Human alliance (Humans, Dwarves, High Elves, etc) and the Dark Legion (Orcs, Ogres, Vampires, Bikini.. err.. Dark Elves). There’s a third, demonic faction that’s meant to be butting in on the war in KuF2. Hopefully we’ll see more of them closer to release.

  18. IvanHoeHo says:

    Wait, it’s Korean? No wonder the combat effects looked so… Asian(/flashy/ flamboyant)?Appears to be the first ‘dynasty warrior’ type game I might enjoy actually – Lu Bu needs to be in there somewhere, though.

    The large weapons move way too quickly, though. Looks like they’re swinging around bits of foam.

  19. Christopher M. says:

    Is it just me, or do the spiky, “light-and-darkness-in-harmony” Asian renditions of Europe look especially silly?

    • Dominic White says:

      It looks almost indistinguishable from Warhammer, honestly.

  20. Beach Head says:

    I too enjoy breasts.

    Sounds like it’s supposed to be a single player game with an MMO component but the inner turmoil of the studio(s) makes the end result anyone’s guess.

  21. Unaco says:

    Put some damn clothes on woman! Sheesh.

  22. outoffeelinsobad says:

    There hasn’t been a game I’ve looked forward to more since I played KUF: Heroes.

    Also, I’m glad that RPS’ers are so very mature that the first and most popular reply is about breasts. Thanks for making this such a special place, guys.

  23. pupsikaso says:

    Looks a bit more interesting than Dynasty Warriors, but it’s still in the same vein of swing your huge sword around in circles while clueless target dummies just stand around making mean faces.

    Why doesn’t someone make a game where I am the regular foot soldier, with no special weapons or armour or magic or anything, and then pits me in huge battles like these where my job is to first of all survive?

    • Dominic White says:

      “Looks a bit more interesting than Dynasty Warriors, but it’s still in the same vein of swing your huge sword around in circles while clueless target dummies just stand around making mean faces.”

      If you’d played any of the previous games, you’d know that it really, really isn’t. You might be doing pretty well in one melee, but if the enemy gets a squad of archers in position, you can find yourself flattened in seconds. You’re effectively playing two games at once, and you have to play both of them well.

      As for your wish.. That’s exactly what the Mount & Blade games are, although they still make things somewhat easier on the player. The thing about your idea is that if you’re playing as a single expendable soldier, you could just as easily be wiped out by the first arrow fired as a dramatic duel with an enemy commander. It makes for an interesting concept, but not a fun game.

    • Onsen says:

      “Why doesn’t someone make a game where I am the regular foot soldier, with no special weapons or armour or magic or anything, and then pits me in huge battles like these where my job is to first of all survive?”
      THIS.

    • Onsen says:

      “As for your wish.. That’s exactly what the Mount & Blade games are, although they still make things somewhat easier on the player. The thing about your idea is that if you’re playing as a single expendable soldier, you could just as easily be wiped out by the first arrow fired as a dramatic duel with an enemy commander. It makes for an interesting concept, but not a fun game.”
      Why isn’t there a game in which, when you die in combat, you’re just dropped somewhere else on the battlefield in the body of another soldier, needing to adapt to a new situation? It would never get boring, it won’t end when you die and it would -maybe – be fun (although probably just confusing as hell) Didn’t spend alot of time thinking about this, it just popped in my head so it’s probably a bad idea…

    • Davie says:

      I’m pretty sure the Battlefield series does that, although that is of course modern combat without the fun and prizes of medieval stabbing.

    • Pinky G says:

      There was a game mode explored similar to this by Perfect Dark. One player plays a single player mission while the 2nd player assumes control of the nearest enemy guard. When he dies, he spawns as the next nearest enemy guard trying to slow the player who is Joanna down as much as possible.

  24. BobDicks says:

    Swinging a sword around and hacking people to pieces? Pleeeeeaaaaase, we westerners prefer more highbrow forms of entertainment like lugging a gun around and shooting people into pieces.

    *insert something here about Western media being superior to anything made by asians*

  25. Navagon says:

    It’s pretty foolish of them to show a trailer with such obvious bugs in it. Didn’t they even notice the boats were in the sky like that?