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Realistic single-player RPG set in the medieval Europe. Open-world sandbox with period accurate melee combat. Dungeons & no Dragons.
Realistic single-player RPG set in the medieval Europe. Open-world sandbox with period accurate melee combat. Dungeons & no Dragons.
Realistic single-player RPG set in the medieval Europe. Open-world sandbox with period accurate melee combat. Dungeons & no Dragons.
35,384 backers pledged £1,106,371 to help bring this project to life.

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A month ago, we were all pretty nervous. After almost two years of struggle, we faced a do-or-die situation. There was no other chance to get financing for our game than doing a crowd-funding campaign. No publisher was willing to risk their money on a weird, historical game for a “niche” audience. No investor was going to step in without proof that their investment was going to pay off. 

It wasn’t all hopeless; we had research that proved that the ideas of our game were resonating with gamers. But other voices were skeptical – “Kickstarter’s popularity is waning.” “The Olympics will sap our coverage.” “We’re not true indies – Kickstarter isn’t for people like us…” 

I was very nervous. I had done my homework. I had studied all the unsuccessful campaigns that asked for more than US$500,000, and I knew a lot about the campaigns for projects similar to ours that managed to raise way over one million dollars. Those that didn’t had done something wrong, or their games just weren’t good enough. But was our game good enough? 

And what about the press? Were they going to like it? Hadn’t they seen things much better behind closed doors? Some unannounced, next-gen, big-budget RPG we could never compete with? Were they going to be interested in a weird game from a little studio from some small country far, far away?

Then there were our fellow citizens in the Czech Republic – the most skeptical and sarcastic nation on the planet: “You are crazy! Who is going to be interested in history! In OUR history! Nobody cares about us!”

Hell, we even had problems finding a PR agency to represent us. We tried to hire several two months before the campaign, but everyone basically ignored us. Everyone told us that they don’t do Kickstarters – that press doesn’t cover Kickstarter projects anymore. Luckily, we met Corey Wade from US agency Sandbox Strategies, who believed in the project and quickly brought in Claudia Kuehl and Patrick Schroder from DELASOCIAL to focus on Germany. They got us in front of the press and thankfully the journalists responded positively and posted thoughtful previews of the game early in the Kickstarter campaign. 

It took us a whole weekend to shoot the Kickstarter video with me telling the story. It was a last minute recording, and we did it in English knowing that, if my accent was too thick, it could have a terrible impact. I’m not a native speaker - how could our video compete with their awesome work? 

That’s what was in our minds when we pressed that green PUBLISH button on our Kickstarter page one month ago… 

The day we launched our campaign, I woke up in the morning to find we were the lead article on the front page of GameSpot, with our artwork all over the screen. Wow. And there was so much more to come. The response from gamers was even better. Better than we could ever wish for. It became clear that there are quite a few people out there who have similar tastes in games to our own.

The main “reason” we were rejected by all the publishers turned out to be totally false. Not only do people not need fantasy or magic or dragons to enjoy a game, they desperately want games without them! Along the way, we were fortunate to receive support and promotion for the game from such personas as Chris Roberts, Brian Fargo, Sven Vincke, and others. It’s really been one helluva ride.

We have raised almost 400% of our original goal. Kingdom Come: Deliverance is among the 30 most-funded Kickstarter projects of all time and in the top 15 of videogame projects. We have 35 thousand backers, with an average pledge of US$52. Our YouTube channel has more than a million views. 

Simply said: You are awesome! Thank You! 

So, what’s next? Now we have to make the game! We feel a lot of responsibility and obligation to deliver on our vision after so many people put so much of their trust into our project. It’s going to be hard to satisfy all those expectations, but we will do all we can not to disappoint you. 

I will finally have time to sit down with the designers and start writing the quests and storyline. Next month, we will be joined by twelve new colleagues (some of them quite experienced senior developers from the recently disbanded 2K Czech studio in Prague). In just a few months, we plan to grow to more than 50 people, so we can make the big game we first dreamed of. 

Of course, we will continue to openly blog about development, as we have in the past. Since we don’t need to hide anything anymore, it should be even more interesting. You can follow our blog here

And if you want to stay informed about what is going on, please follow our: Facebook pageTwitter and YouTube channel

We will also continue to raise money on our own webpage, where you will be able to get most of the same, terrific rewards and early access to the game, if for whatever reason you didn’t or couldn’t pledge in the past month. Our shop will accept PayPal and Amazon Payments, as many of you asked. We will continue to add new stretch goals as we can.

As promised, we will release an Alpha version in about six months to all those who pledged Baron-level support and higher, and we’ll be carefully looking at your feedback on our forums, which are open to all of our backers. By mid-2015, we should release the Beta, followed by the final version of Act I.

So, on behalf of the whole team, thank you again for your generous support and enthusiasm. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we are going to have a little celebration!

Cheers! 

Dan Vávra Creative Director, Warhorse Studios

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Comments

    1. Creator Sung Leul Lee on March 6, 2014

      This is my first kickstarter. Congraturations!

    2. Creator Marcin Woźniak on February 28, 2014

      "Greenfr0G on February 21

      < Then there were our fellow citizens in the Czech Republic – the most skeptical and sarcastic nation on the planet >

      I think you left out Slovak Republic :D"

      HOW DARE YOU? It is obvious that we, Poles, are the most sceptical nation! :D

    3. Creator Rene Küffen on February 22, 2014

      freu mich schon ...in 6 Monaten ,gibt's die Alpha......juhuuu
      thank you all ....for making this Game come true !!!!!!

    4. Creator Dana Sebestikova on February 22, 2014

      Budou pejskové :-) Juchajda :-)
      CONGRATS for a great accomplishment
      So the worst thing is behind you, now you are about to enjoy the ride in creating a game, something you love .. I do envy you!
      Good luck

    5. Creator Greenfr0G on February 21, 2014

      "Then there were our fellow citizens in the Czech Republic – the most skeptical and sarcastic nation on the planet"

      I think you left out Slovak Republic :D

    6. Creator Gareth Peterson-Shea on February 21, 2014

      Celebrate. God knows you've earned it.

    7. Creator Serina Patterson on February 21, 2014

      Congratulations! It just goes to show how publishers don't always know what gamers truly want to play: Kickstarter lets gamers decide. I backed this project immediately because it offered something fresh. "Medieval game" is often synonymous with neomedieval fantasy or English history and geography. Your game is breaking new ground. Best of luck to you guys. I look forward to playing the finished game!

    8. Creator Juuso Huttunen on February 21, 2014

      Congrats, and godspeed!

    9. Creator Elliotte Bagg on February 21, 2014

      Congrats you guys, this game looks incredible! As a history nerd and an RPG player this is the perfect blend I've been hoping for. Cannot wait to play it!

    10. Creator Matthew Ruhl on February 21, 2014

      Congratulations you guys!! I am a big believer in Chris Roberts and Star Citizen, and when I saw his comments on your game I had to take a look. I have to say that I was thoroughly impressed with your work when I researched this game. I am totally looking forward for what this game has to offer.

    11. Creator Lucas Amaro de Oliveira on February 21, 2014

      Congratulation!! It's all very good until now and I know that will be much better when is complete.
      You are doing the video game that ever single true RPG player want to play.
      Same times I just travel in other fantasy game doing commun staff, just to feel like i was part of that, wishing that was a game like that you are doing.
      I am pretty ansius for play the alpha version and be a common citzen in very realistic game doing my stuff and, same times, helping everbody as I can.
      Thanks for given us that oportunity.
      Will be a great and memorable game. I know I will play much more than 30 hours!!!!

      thanks
      cheers

    12. Creator Justin Stanislowski on February 21, 2014

      They left out the most important part. The publishers wanted the game to be F2P! Who the eff made publishers think F2P was a good idea for a game like this. Candy Crush?

    13. Creator twincast on February 21, 2014

      Congrats.

      Here's to looking forward to hopefully being able to upgrade later on. :)

    14. Creator Joseph Symes on February 21, 2014

      Yay you took my money :) sorry I couldn't give more :/ can we continue to make pledges?/donations?

    15. Creator Adam Knight on February 21, 2014

      Well done gentlemen.

    16. Creator Jimmy Dali on February 21, 2014

      If you keep the passion, the drive and the love for your supporters thru the whole project, then this will definitely turn out into one major success story. Who knows, with some proper story telling and great directing maybe even a movie blockbuster some time in the future. I wish you all great programming!

    17. Creator Roland on February 21, 2014

      I only knew about this project through Chris Roberts, but I am glad I found you guys. Your emotional words conveyed every drop of you and your team's passion and I wish the game every success. Good luck!

    18. Creator Johannes 'Waldgeist' Rebhan on February 21, 2014

      Congratulations! Can't wait to hear more from your charming development team.

    19. Creator LordCrash - OD | OOoE | WoOS on February 21, 2014

      @Dude
      They'll get another 1,5M from their investor. :)

    20. Creator Vilmar Simson on February 21, 2014

      Don't forget to open up a Google+ page! It will make things easier if you want to do Q&A's and have the video publish on YouTube right away.

    21. Creator Dude on February 21, 2014

      Well I'm not certain that a million pays for so many people working on the game for 1.5-2 years. Still wish you the best and hope you don't have to compromise too much to finish the game (ie. look for a publisher because money runs out).
      The idea is great. If I could make a game myself it would also be something based on history.. or zombies. ;)

    22. Creator Adrian on February 21, 2014

      My first kickstarter, never given my money to something I cant get strait away before but this blew me away, grats.

    23. Creator Fenghal on February 21, 2014

      Congrats! you really deserved this. I'm happy to be part of this

    24. Creator Kristan Alicesun on February 21, 2014

      Congratulations! I hope we have a way to upgrade our pledges later on. I'd like to have quality voice acting. I don't care if about famous, just good. Just make sure the actors performances are natural & engaging. Really looking forward to seeing how this game progresses.

      P.S. I am 1/4 Czech, & am so proud to be backing your project! :~)
      This is supposed to occur in historical Czech, so could we get some quality Czech voice-work with subtitles?

    25. Creator Richard Stuckey on February 21, 2014

      Awesome job everyone

    26. Creator Pirx Danford on February 21, 2014

      Congratulations! I am looking forward to playing the game :D

    27. Creator H-D Gronewold on February 21, 2014

      First of all, I love the Videos and you look like a Badass :-)! I think you guys are, due to your history, predestined doing a Game like that. The Czech Republik is such a great and inspirational place for everyone who loves mediaval times and you have with prague one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I am looking forward to the game and hope it will arrive on Xbox one. If not, I will have to buy a new PC :-)

    28. Creator Philipp Wagner on February 21, 2014

      Congratulations on this result!
      You can be proud of what you achieved by now!

      I'm really looking forward to the moment I'm able to play the first Alpha-build!

      Keep on the way you included the community within the last 30 days by posting about the process, news and even problems - this is what some other projects failed to do and I don't think you will fail as well. ;)

    29. Creator cthuun on February 21, 2014

      a very fine kickstarter. very well done. looking forward to the game in 2015 on ps4 !! YEAH

    30. Creator Peter Harris on February 21, 2014

      Congratulation on Achieving such a High $$$. and thank You for the way you gave us all the videos and Updates - They are Great. Looking Forward to the Alpha.

    31. Creator Christopher Frank on February 21, 2014

      It was a pleasure! gl and hf

    32. Creator Jessica Williams on February 21, 2014

      oh man, Rift+Virtuix Omni support would be @___@;

    33. Creator Jason S on February 21, 2014

      @thepayne78 I would +1 that about Prague, it is magnificent and also it is worth a visit to Olomouc and also Krakow (Poland).

    34. Creator thepayne78 on February 20, 2014

      Congratulations on a hugely successful Kickstarter, Really looking forward to when the game comes out.

      On a side note if anyone ever gets the chance they need to visit your wonderful city. Had a fantastic 3 days there 3 years ago. Prague is a very beautiful and friendly city, with the St. Charles Bridge and the Celestial Clock and many other wonderful site.
      Prague is a great city to get lost in which I did for 2 hours when trying to find my hotel.

      Once again congratulations on your Kickstarter glad that your hard work is paying off.

    35. Creator popsicledeath on February 20, 2014

      Congrats. You guys earned it!

    36. Creator Joshua M Perry on February 20, 2014

      Congratulations on a successful Kickstarter campaign. Can't wait to see the alpha. Good luck!

    37. Creator Mothra on February 20, 2014

      See you in a year or two ! Good luck.

    38. Creator Theobeau:OOoE\Mad man with a box/Exiled on February 20, 2014

      Congrats on a very successful campaign. Am looking forward to hearing of the progress on your blog and via KS updates.

      Cheers and have a few cold ones!

    39. Creator Kraven F Underwood on February 20, 2014

      Cant wait to see this game take form, especially since i have been complaining the past 10 years there was not enough low/no fantasy middle age games out there with an in depth and enjoyable fast paced action combat system in a sandbox world.

      when i saw this kickstarter i had to sign up and pledge with the remaining money i had this month.
      so thank you for finally making the game come true, i have been wanted since i first played pen & paper roleplay as a child.

    40. Creator Christian Freude on February 20, 2014

      Congratulations!

      PS: The videos are great and your accent is cool! :)

    41. Creator Dylan Donahue on February 20, 2014

      Cheers! I'm happy I got to be a part of this project and cant wait to watch it grow into something brilliant!

    42. Creator geogga on February 20, 2014

      I love you guys, don't forget to try your best!

    43. Creator Baron von La Monte on February 20, 2014

      Bless you all, can't wait for the next bits of info. The combat looks amazing as it is, far superior to anything out there.

    44. Creator Elliot & Cindy Gilman on February 20, 2014

      Congratulations! You guys are doing amazing work!

    45. Creator Phillip White on February 20, 2014

      Congratulations, guys! I hope you guys get to make the game you wanted to now. :)

    46. Creator Erwin Kerssenberg on February 20, 2014

      "Now, if you’ll excuse us, we are going to have a little celebration!"

      You're going to get f@king sh!tfaced aren't you }:) Enjoy!

    47. Creator Erwin Kerssenberg on February 20, 2014

      "Now, if you’ll excuse us, we are going to have a little celebration!"

      You're going to get fucking shit-faced aren't you }:-)

    48. Creator Stephan Matiasch on February 20, 2014

      Very nice :D I'm very happy for you and i'm feavering to play your game :D
      Use the 106k extra money wisely, we want you to stay in business :D

    49. Creator Barbara Wright on February 20, 2014

      Wow.... if I'd ever wanted the perfect post to show how things are done, this is it.

      You deserve this..... and I can't wait to play it. YAYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!

    50. Creator James on February 20, 2014

      I am looking forward to such playing such a unique game. This will be something special. Will it be Occulus Rift compatible?