The PC Gaming show saw Torn Banner Studio’s Steve Piggot and Tripwire Interactive’s John Gibson take to the stage to announce Chivalry 2. As they showed off a brand new trailer and discussed the game, they revealed that they know their audience, and they know that they’ve been drinking.
The two independent studio heads are former modders who’ve come together to bring us a sequel to 2012’s Chivalry: Medieval Warfare. The trailer has everything you’d expect from the hack-n'-slash multiplayer game. It has sword fights, catapults, castle invasions, and plenty of over the top blood, guts, and gore. It also has horses, lots of horses.
Players will come together to siege castles, as well as raiding and pillaging villages. Piggot told fans the aim of the title is to “bring players into their favorite medieval movie battle scenes,” which are said to include Game of Thrones' Battle of the Bastards.
The player count has also increased in the sequel, with up to 64 players now being able to fight it out at once. This, along with a reworking of the combat system, will likely bring a new dimension to the game.
Combat, movement, and animation systems have all been revamped, giving players more satisfaction to their sword swing. They also picked up the pace and tried to make the game flow better while retaining their trademark humor.
When discussing their player base, Piggot said, “We know that half our audience plays the game drunk,” and this fact does have an influence on how the title plays. They spoke of wanting gamers to be able to take the game as seriously or not seriously as they want and just being able to enjoy it.
The seriousness is put into question, however, when they discuss the influence of surreal British comedy group Monty Python, as well as being able to beat someone with a chicken while quoting Shakespeare. Now, who wouldn’t want to do that when given the option? Just watch out for the knights on horses. They have a lethal swing.
Chivalry 2 will be available in early 2020 on the Epic Games Store.