Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is getting a full sequel. Chivalry II will be made by original developer Torn Banner Studios in collaboration with Tripwire, according to an exciting surprise announcement at the PC Gaming Show at E3 just now. It’s coming in 2020.
Chivalry II will support up to 64 players and has added horses, enabling a new set of battle tactics. Everything has been “completely revamped,” according to the devs – including movement, combat, and animations. If you’re good enough, you’ll be able to fight three or four opponents at once. The pace is apparently much quicker than the original, despite animations lending a satisfying heft to your weaponry.
An exciting trailer followed the news, which you can watch below. Everything looks lusher and gorier, with full dismemberment including decapitation. Seems you’ll be able to keep fighting despite the loss of certain limbs – note the moment at the end of the trailer when a fleeing solder protests “I’m unarmed”. The devs say their goal is to bring “players into their favourite medieval movie battle scenes,” referencing Game of Thrones’ Battle of the Bastards as one inspiration.
The context around all of this, of course, is Mordhau – another medieval combat sim that many cite as a spiritual successor to Chivalry which is currently blowing up on Steam.
But obviously that success is far too recent to have directly inspired Chivalry II, so the second, more germane piece of context is Torn Banner’s own attempt at a Chivalry successor, Mirage: Arcane Warfare. Mirage added magical powers and a lovely pastel-coloured Arabian Nights setting to the melee combat formula, and was nonetheless a spectacular flop.
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Given that disaster, a return to Torn Banner’s proven success with Chivalry II is an understandable decision. If you’d like to experience the game that made its name and inspired the current sensation of Mordhau, Chivalry is 80% off on Steam right now until June 17. Give it a shot – it’s great fun.