Glorious Physics-Based Action RPG The Dwarves Now on Kickstarter

King Art Games have released their physics-based action RPG, The Dwarves, onto Kickstarter.

The game is based on the award-winning novel of the same name by German author Markus Heitz, which has gone on to span a series of five novels.

King Art is looking for $260,000 to finish the game for PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, with a release sometime in the middle of next year.

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The key thing to what makes The Dwarves stand out is its crowd combat system, which King Art has put a lot of focus on. You’ll always be surrounded by a group(s) of enemies, and as you clash weapons and armor, friend and foe alike will push, shove, and stumble around.

Overall the combat is likened to Warcraft 3, where some missions had you controlling only one (or a few) heroes. As you engage larger and larger groups of enemies, you’ll have to manage each hero and their own unique abilities, which all can be limited by cooldowns.

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The core single-player story is said to last at least 20 hours, with lots of optional side-quests that will have you thinking of how to progress. If you’re not a fan of reading in-game dialogue, it’s worth mentioning that every line of conversation is also fully-voiced.

Here are the game’s highlights:

  • Explore a huge game world with an ever-growing group of companions
  • Experience an epic story with many optional side-quests and tough decisions
  • Discover unique traits about your 15 different companions and improve their skills
  • Fight against hundreds of enemies in epic real-time battles that combine dynamic action and tactical depth

Curious why their funding goal isn’t in the millions? King Art Games have secured most of the funding to build the game from private investors, and with the campaign sitting at roughly $200,000 at the time of writing (and a little over two weeks left), it’s safe to say the game is probably getting funded.

Regardless, you should check out The Dwarves here on Kickstarter.

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  1. IkaNam
    September 22, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    >Dwarf focused RPG
    You have my full attention

  2. Misogynerd
    September 22, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    I also fucking love Dwarves, and hate elves, unless they’re anime elves, because they’re not usually douchebags.

  3. IkaNam
    September 22, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Yeah i don’t think anyone can resist them chocolate elves

    But otherwise, dwarves will always be the superior race.
    >Loyal to the death
    >Amazing drinking buddies
    >No magic bullshit or straight forward badass magic

  4. Sebastian Mikulec
    Sebastian Mikulec
    September 22, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Well, I’m more of an orc-o-phile than a dwarf fan myself, but the rewards do include getting my name on one of the greenskins sent to squash the little runts, so that’s a plus. :p

  5. Yabloko Molloco San
    Yabloko Molloco San
    September 22, 2015 at 8:48 pm


  6. Superscooter
    September 22, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    That looks remarkably polished.

  7. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    September 22, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    FWIW I finally bought the book this game is based on. I saw it on a shelf at a local bookstore when one of the Hobbit movies was out.. read up on it and wanted to give it a shot.

    Really enjoying it! It’s like an RPG, in book form.

  8. InfectedAI
    September 23, 2015 at 2:35 am

    Actually came here to ask for opinions on the book, so thanks for that. Funnily enough I was just thinking that there should be more games focused on dwarves. I want to see an action game where you just bash the hell out of people as a dwarf. This looks interesting though.

  9. FalseTragedian
    September 23, 2015 at 11:56 am

    First I was like

    >Overall the combat is likened to Warcraft 3

    Then I saw that top screenshot had Xbox controls and I was like

  10. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    September 23, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Well this is coming to PC and consoles. So it makes sense it’s gamepad and or kb/mouse friendly.

  11. FalseTragedian
    September 23, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Yeah, somehow I missed that part. The million dollar question (for me) now is, will the PC version have gamepad support? (Sadly this is never a guarantee, even on multiplatform systems.)