Update 5/18/2021: Updated with new information about the Open Beta.
Torn Banner Studios struck gold when it released Chivalry: Medieval Warfare on PC in 2012. With its deep melee combat mechanics, expansive siege-style battles, and incredible player customization, the game took the PC gaming community by storm and made gamers realize just how great first-person melee games could be. Now Torn Banner Studios is back, and its bringing a sequel, Chivalry 2, right to your plate-armored hands in the near future. Here's everything we know so far about Chivalry 2, including details about the gameplay, release date, and more.
Chivalry 2 development and reveal
Chivalry 2 is being developed on Unreal Engine 4 by Torn Banner Studios, the same developer that released the original Chivalry: Medieval Warfare back in 2012. The game was revealed by an announcement trailer during the PC Gaming Show at E3 2019, which showed off some of Chivalry 2's melee combat and the scale of the in-game battles.
Chivalry 2 gameplay and features
At its core, Chivalry 2's gameplay is all about a deep and skill-based melee combat systems where players need to use a mix of light and heavy attacks, blocks, feints, ripostes, kicks, and more to successfully take down opponents. According to a listing on GameStop's website, the class system from the original Chivalry is returning, but with additional subclass options that allow players to pick something perfect for their playstyle. Additionally, the latest trailer for the game shows off archery, so fans of ranged combat need not worry. This trailer also revealed that crossplay will be available between all platforms.
Aside from the melee fighting, players will also be able to make use of various different map-specific sandbox elements. Based on Chivalry 2's trailers, you'll be able to use trebuchets, catapults, ballistas, buckets of boiling oil, and more. Horses are going to be in the game as well, but Torn Banner Studios confirmed that they would be added after launch in a later blog post.
In terms of game modes, two have been confirmed: Team Objective, which pits two 32-player teams against each other as both teams try to accomplish an objective, and Team Deathmatch, which takes the scale of Team Objective and makes each team's lives a limited resource. When a team runs out of lives, they lose. Torn Banner Studios has stated that it will "have more info to share about other game modes, maps and gameplay features in the future."
Finally, players will have "Enhanced player expression" that "brings thousands of hilarious new voice-lines and deep character customization" to the Chivalry 2 experience, according to the official site for Chivalry 2. The aforementioned GameStop listing details that players will be also be able to customize their character with facial features, face paint, and more. Additionally, players will be able to change what their armor and clothing looks like, too. The official FAQ also notes that players can perform a suite of various taunt animations during gameplay.
Chivalry 2 story and setting so far
While Chivalry 2 doesn't have a campaign mode, the game's multiplayer battles are contextualized by a fair amount of lore. The Chivalry universe takes place in the fictional land of Agatha, where the Agatha Knights originally ruled. However, a rival faction called the Mason Order rose to challenge the Agatha Knights and were able to overcome them, killing Agatha's king, Feydrid. This drove the Agatha Knights into hiding, and thus the Mason Order was free to pillage and plunder the lands.
Chivalry 2 takes place 20 years after this, as the Agatha Knights, commanded by a new leader called Argon II, attempt to take back Agatha from the Mason Order and its own leader, Malric. The official lore trailer for Chivalry 2 confirms that this conflict will serve as context for the multiplayer, although it's unclear whether players will be able to influence the outcome of the war through gameplay.
Chivalry 2 visuals and music
Chivalry 2's visual style looks to be very gore-heavy, with a huge emphasis on blood, explosions, and other special effects. In terms of quality, Chivalry 2 doesn't look particularly "next-gen," but its stylized realism nevertheless looks great.
When it comes to the game's score, we know that it's being composed by Ryan Patrick Buckley. Buckley composed the soundtrack for the original Chivalry: Medieval Warfare as well, and has worked with Torn Banner Studios for many years.
How to play Chivalry 2 alpha and beta
Chivalry 2's Closed Alpha recently opened up registration in August 2020, and players can sign up to participate in playtests here. Xbox One players will need to sign up through the Xbox Insider Program by accessing the Xbox Insider Hub app and going to Insider Content > Games > Chivalry 2. The Closed Alpha is currently taking place on PC and on Xbox One, and to participate, you will have to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). Check out Torn Banner Studios' Closed Alpha FAQ for more details. There's also a Closed Beta coming April 23-26, 2021 for PC and console players who pre-purchase the game ahead of its release.
In addition to the Closed Alpha and Beta, there's also a free Open Beta going live for all platforms on May 27, 2021. The beta will include up to 64-player battles, crossplay, and the game's customization system. Additionally, PC players will also be able to join 1v1 servers.
Chivalry 2 release date and price
Originally, Chivalry 2 was supposed to release in 2020. However, the developers recently announced that they were delaying the game to 2021 to polish the game further and ensure that more content could be included at release. Recently, it was announced that the official Chivalry 2 release date for all platforms will be June 8, 2021.
In terms of price, Chivalry 2 will be available on all platforms for $40. There's also a Special Edition available for $50 that will include some unique pieces of gear, including two sets of special jousting armor and a royal broadsword and battle axe.
Lastly, Chivalry 2 is being released on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Windows 10 PCs through the Epic Games Store. After a year, it will also release on other platforms like Steam.
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