King Arthur: Knight’s Tale developer NeocoreGames took some time to discuss the various RPG elements that the game has. They talk about things such as the classes, skills, levelling up, and equipment.
King Arthur: Knight’s Tale Devs Discuss RPG Elements, Classes and More
King Arthur: Knight’s Tale is a tactical turn-based RPG being developed by NeocoreGames. The anticipated title will be released on March 29, 2022. It has been in Early Access already for a while and has received many substantial updates since then. The game has many rogue-lite elements that fans should find quite enjoyable.
Let’s Build Character!
Players will take up the role of Sir Mordred, the mortal enemy of King Arthur. However, in this universe, Arthur isn’t a knight in shining armour. Instead, he is something otherwordly as he has been brought back from the dead. It is Sir Mordred’s ultimate quest then to finish off King Arthur, once and for all.
There are many ways to build up a character in King Arthur: Knight’s tale. Aside from Mordred, there will be a few companions available to side with you in your quest.
Loyalty is King
The heroes you encounter throughout your travels aren’t merely some mindless NPCs that will follow you without question. Instead, each of them will have their own traits, personalities and alignment. As you make choices, characters’ loyalty to you will increase or decrease depending on their alignment. This can make them stronger or weaker.
Morality is also a major system in King Arthur: Knight’s Tale. You and your heroes’ morality will change the gameplay, story and various options available to you. Sir Mordred starts out neutral, but can veer off into the Rightful or Tyrant alignments. He can also choose to support the Old Faiths of the ancient religions, or turn to Christianity.
Talk About Class
Each recruitable companion will take up one of the six available classes. These will be Defender, Champion, Marksman, Vanguard, Arcanist and Sage. Each of these will have varying degrees of difficulty and have quite different playstyles. Different classes determine what kinds of skills, weapons and armour a character can make use of.
Take up Thy Sword
Defenders are warriors that make use of their massive shields to protect themselves as well as others. As they are stalwart protectors, defenders deal less damage than their other melee counterparts. Sir Mordred and Sir Pelleas are both well-known defenders.
Champions, on the other hand, are adept at dealing great amounts of damage. They are able to strike down their foes with their immense Strength and skills such as Rage. Some of the notable Champions in-game are Sir Kay and Sir Lanval.
Lurk in the Shadows
The Marksman is one of the more crafty classes. They will not allow any foe to get close to them, as they can take care of any distant foes with ease. As long as they can keep their ground in cover, Marksmen can concentrate their arrows from afar. Sir Yvain is a marksman that you will be able to recruit early on.
For a more subtle approach, the Vanguards would be the best option. They are adept at taking enemies by surprise. As they have a low profile in combat, they can strike any unaware foe for massive damage. They are also adept at laying down traps and scouting the environment. Sir Balin is one of the best Vanguards around and will follow the proper tyrant.
The Colour of Magic
Of course, it wouldn’t be an RPG without some amazing colours of magic. The Arcanist brings down righteous fury as they invoke ancient magic. These magic users are adept at raining down destructive area of effect spells and debilitating curses. The legendary Merlin will join you on your quest.
Last but definitely not least are the Sages. These wizards are strongest when they assist others as they are known for their selfless acts. They join heroes into the fray, even staying within the melee range of their foes. They can Bless their allies and radiate might Auras of Protection.
King Arthur: Knight’s Tale Loot System
Loot in King Arthur: Knight’s Tale comes in the form of Armour, Weapons, Trinkets, Potions, materials, and gold. However, there are several systems in play that allow you to acquire these essential but random items.
For instance, you can obtain these from the enemies you’ve just slain or even get them from chests as you go on different Missions. When you’re inside Camelot, on the other hand, you will be able to purchase various items from certain parts of the castle. Additionally, you’re going to need to hoard materials and gold to rebuild Camelot, giving access to higher-tiered enhancements.
Similar to the loot system in Divinity: Original Sin 2, gear will have multiple rarities that determine how effective these are in combat. You have grey, green, blue, and gold to depict Common, Uncommon, Rare, and Relics, respectively, with Relics corresponding to the best items the game has to offer. Based on Neocore Games’ December update, Common weapons will feature a wider range but Uncommon ones will comparatively be more accurate while dealing greater damage.
King Arthur: Knight’s Tale and the HP, Vitality, and Armour Systems
King Arthur: Knight’s Tale truly differentiates itself from the other tactical RPGs when it comes to HP, Vitality, and Armour. You won’t find the default base HPs for any of the heroes in your party. This means that progressing from one level to the next won’t max out your lives either. Instead, you are reliant on your Armour, HP, and finally, Vitality. You only gain HP from the Armour you have equipped as well as any of the skills and building upgrades you have obtained.
Armour is your first line of defence. It reduces the amount of damage received. Then comes Hit Points (HP), which is reduced before a character’s vitality. Hit Points can easily be recovered via checkpoints mid-mission or through Potions. If one’s HP is fully depleted, they will begin to take Vitality Damage. Losing Vitality is a sign to go back to Camelot and to check into the Hospice unless you plan on continuing the harsh journey ahead to risk it all.
Having good quality gear and upgrades will be important to help you survive long, winded encounters.
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