Gameforge has acquired the North American and European publishing rights to Kingdom Under Fire II.
The Blueside-developed, online multiplayer action RPG is launching for Windows PC later this year in North America and Europe, on multiple digital storefronts. Featured above, you can view the western announcement trailer.
Kingdom Under Fire II was originally announced back in 2008, and was planned for an Xbox 360 release in 2010, later for PlayStation 3 (with the Xbox 360 version likely dropped at that point), and eventually for a PlayStation 4 release in 2013, only to be stuck in development hell ever since.
A closed beta has been running in China since 2017, and Taiwan ran the game in open beta. Those platforms were later shut down, and it was launched later in 2017 within Russia, only to be shut down in February of this year.
Here’s a rundown on the game:
Originally announced in 2008, Kingdom Under Fire II is the latest and most ambitious entry in the award-winning Kingdom Under Fire series, combining massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) and real-time strategy (RTS) genres for a hybrid title unrivaled in its epic scale. KKingdom Under Fire II has received numerous accolades during its region-limited beta—including winning MMOGames’ “Most Innovative” award at Gamescom 2015—and is the next installment in the Kingdom Under Fire series after the highly-rated 2004 Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders. It remains one of the most fan-anticipated games throughout Western territories.
“The Kingdom Under Fire series is a favorite among those of us at Gameforge, so we’re very excited to partner with Blueside to continue this epic saga and finally bring it to Western markets for the very first time,” said Tomislav Perkovic, Chief Product Officer. “We are determined to help Blueside realize their vision of the ultimate MMO, launching Kingdom Under Fire II for Windows PC in North America and Europe later this year.”
“Blueside has always sought a publishing partner with significant experience and a deep understanding of the Western online games market required to properly service Kingdom Under Fire II,” said Sejung Kim, CEO of Blueside. “Based on their unique and extensive experience bringing Asian multiplayer titles to Western markets, we believe Gameforge is the publisher we’ve been looking for. We are very excited to collaborate with Gameforge to finally introduce Kingdom Under Fire II to fans throughout Europe and North America.”
Kingdom Under Fire II is set in a world where three powerful factions—the Human Alliance, Dark Legion, and Encablossians—compete for control over the land of Bersia. Players can choose from several hero classes and focus on building up their individual characters, or command massive armies as war strategists. Kingdom Under Fire II takes place 50 years after the events of Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders and features an immersive multiplayer story campaign that can be experienced online multiplayer.