Green Man Gaming Publishing, Northern Ireland Screen and indie developers Donkey Crew are pleased to announce the launch of Of Kings And Men in Early Access on Steam today. The third-person multiplayer game, created in a bespoke engine, will start its early access with a focus on the combat system and key multiplayer modes including the ability to fight in battles with over 200 players.
Of Kings And Men is being created by indie developers Donkey Crew, previously known for their popular “cRPG” modification for Mount & Blade: Warband. The team are developing the medieval themed game in their own bespoke engine allowing them to create huge, stable multiplayer battles, as well as the customisation of characters from a choice of millions of combinations. The intuitive combat systems based on historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) fighters and medieval manuscripts captures the real spirit of melee fighting in a game.
“After 5 years of development, with all its ups and downs, today is both the most scary and amazing day for us – we can’t wait for everyone to experience it! We believe that Of Kings And Men will write its own history. If the community joins us now in this journey, they will forever be part of our very first era,” said Florian “chadz” Hofreither, Project Lead on Of Kings And Men, Donkey Crew.
“We are delighted to be working with Donkey Crew and Green Man Gaming on such an exciting and engaging project. The growth of the games industry is an important priority for us and Of Kings and Men is the type of ambitious game we want to attract to Northern Ireland. We are glad the Donkey Crew team have been able to make Northern Ireland their home during the development process and integrated themselves with an emerging group of local interactive content creators. Through Early Access we hope the public can see the potential in Of Kings and Men that we have believed in,” said Richard Williams, Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Screen.
“We always knew from the first time we saw the early development of the game, that once built, it would be a unique and epic addition to the games industry. Of Kings and Men is being developed by a passionate team who are fully dedicated to working with their community to deliver a medieval game that is as close to real-life melee combat as possible. We hope that everyone follows them on this exciting journey whilst enjoying the game on the way!,” said Paul Sulyok, CEO and Founder of Green Man Gaming Publishing.