Warhorse studios, the guys behind the historically-accurate medieval RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance, have released a new video featuring interviews with the game’s cast. Among their number is the larger-than-life English character actor Brian Blessed, who explains what drew him to the project.
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Blessed’s character is Lord Konrad Kyeser, and because Kingdom Come: Deliverance distinguishes itself from other medieval-themed RPGs in its historical accuracy, he really existed. Kyeser was a German military engineer famed for writing Bellifortis, the leading book on his subject throuhgout the 15th century.
Deliverance takes place in 15th century Bohemia during a succession crisis, with hopeful kings Wenceslaus and Sigismund each vying for the throne after the death of Charles IV. In real life, Kyeser's loyalty to Wenceslaus saw him exiled to Bohemia during Sigismund’s reign, when the game begins.
“It’s based on history, and it’s exciting, and educational,” says Blessed. “The script is brilliant - it’s well-written, and it’s written in English in rather a classical style, because of history.”
He says he was drawn to the project because of its originality. “I like to be there when people are creating something new. It’s an adventure. I see everything as Mount Everest, and I see this project as Mount Everest.”
It's not clear how much scope there will be for Blessed's famous bombast in his new role - it's hard to imagine there's ever been anyone quite like him in actual history. If not, I'm sure it'll be nice to see him to do some real acting, though I do hope there's a nice easter egg around Kyeser's accident-prone friend named Gordon.
The game also features Matthew Wolf, who has appeared in The Order: 1886, The Royals, and Titanfall 2; Tom McKay, who has appeared in The Transporter TV show; and Luke Dale, who's been in Holby City. Check out the video for thoughts from each, but if you're waiting to see Blessed in a spandex mo-cap suit, you'll be disappointed - he had a stand-in for that stuff, and is only doing voiceover. We also interviewed Kingdom Come: Deliverance's cinematic director Martin Klekner about the game's touted cutscenes.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is due for release sometime this year.