Orthrus Studios and Kasedo Games have announced Distant Kingdoms, a game that has more mechanics than a car dealership. In this upcoming title, players will manage multiple facets of a medieval fantasy society filled with humans, dwarves, elves, and orcs from the lowliest farmer to the haughtiest of noblemen!
In Distant Kingdoms, players will apply the mechanics of city building, social management, exploration, and adventure gameplay. All of these will combine to have you effectively managing an entire civilization from the ground up. Peasants will have to farm food, and that food gets shipped off to towns where more skilled craftsmen and merchants might live. Of course, those people will have to be managed by the nobility, and the nobles probably have an army or something similar to defend the land.
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Left: players will have to produce goods and ship them into town where they'll be needed. Right: A small-ish town with a variety of interesting buildings.
Typically, games of this fashion seem to focus on only particular elements of managing a society. Distant Kingdoms appears to be aiming for something much bigger, allowing you to effectively control a nation from the bottom up.
There's more to this game than just city management and production of resources, though! You'll also be able to create Dungeons & Dragons-style adventuring parties and send them out into the wilderness to combat all sorts of fearsome beasts. You'll also have to deal with cultural clashes. Humans, elves, dwarves, and orcs don't exactly get along, so you're going to have to figure out how to get these guys to work together.
Distant Kingdoms certainly seems like an ambitious project. We don't know much more about the game other than the fact that it's coming out on PC sometime in 2020. For now, you can add it to your wishlist on Steam.
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