Sometimes you don’t have the gift of the gab to use to get something you want. That’s normal in real life and games have often tried to emulate that. In Kingdom Come: Deliverance, there are skill checks for this sort of thing: maybe you need to be strong, or maybe you need to be more persuasive. In some situations, though, you just need to look badass.
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Tobias Stolz-Zwilling, PR manager at Warhorse Studios, showed us a tutorial area for Kingdom Come: Deliverance, where the player came up to a decision. When collecting a debt, you get the choice to take a few different approaches, each represented by a different icon. One of those icons is a skill check for your “badass-ness”: a pig with shades on.
It sounds a little silly at first, but makes some sense. If you were to walk up to someone looking like you just dismembered someone, there’s a good chance that someone will get out of your way at just a glance. Stolz-Zwilling told us that “if you have full plate armour, if you have a bloody sword, people will be afraid of you.”
It’s wholly unlikely that badass-ness is the official title for this skill – and it’s perhaps not fitting with the medieval theme – but that’s definitely what we’re calling it now.