Developer and publisher Long Jaunt has announced Norland, a city builder and medieval kingdom simulator that generates stories. These stories can be based on pretty much anything that could possibly occur in a medieval kingdom such as your noble family, slave revolts, treachery, battles, religious conflict, and class society. Norland is inspired by other strategy titles such as Rimworld, Crusader Kings, and Caesar, all titles that are noted for their worldbuilding and telling stories within those worlds. If Norland manages to be half as good as those titles we'll have a good time waster on our hands.
Players will manage their noble family in a city that has dozens of characters in different classes such as peasants, slaves, soldiers, in criminals. Tasks can be assigned to all the noble family members, who will build "complex relationships" between themselves with things such as love, hatred, envy, jealousy, betrayal, and the all-too familiar lust for power.
Interested so far? Check out the announcement trailer below:
As you saw in the trailer, you'll be able to do what is necessary to secure your kingdom. This means you have the power to punish criminals, take care of your citizens and put down any riots in any way you see fit.
To do so, armies and defenses can be built, and you'll be able to make decisions on whether to fight or ally with other kingdoms. There's a world map, so you'll need to make the right decisions as events play out on a global scale. Assassinations and intrigue will be your bread and butter, and you'll need to make yourself strong by increasing your kingdom's population and production chains to trade with caravans and pay wages for your workers.
There's different starting conditions every new game you play, so Norland should be a relatively unique experience every playthrough. We'll have to see for ourselves when the game launches on Steam in Fall 2022.
What do you think of this announcement? Have you played Rimworld, the Crusader Kings series, or Caesar? If not, are you interested in Norland? Let us know in the comments!