The Valiant

Today, publisher THQ Nordic and developer Kite Games announced that they have a new Medieval game in the works. The Valiant tells the story of Theoderich von Akenburg, who’s on a quest to prevent a relic from unleashing an unthinkable evil into the 13th Century Middle East and Europe.

Let me get straight to the goods. Here’s the announcement trailer for The Valiant:

While this announcement trailer might have some Witcher vibes, it looks like The Valiant is actually leaning into a more RTS-style approach to combat.

So let’s compare that to the combat trailer, which shows some actual gameplay:

In the second half of the trailer, you can see what combat looks like. It has squads of soldiers moving in and attacking enemies, with circles around them to presumably allow the player to control the entire squad at once. It also looks like there might even be some building elements, which should be super familiar to RTS veterans.

Here’s a list of features, pulled straight out of today’s press release:

  • Squad-based RTS with a range of units, from tanky swordsmen to quick cavalry
  • Select hero-squads and auxiliary squads across 15 exciting, hand-crafted Single Player missions, each with custom cinematics, narrated journals, difficulty levels, and more
  • Six Hero Squads each with 3 different skill trees provide players with unique passive and active skills to choose from while leveling up their heroes
  • Large array of weapons and armors to loot and equip throughout the campaign, each with their own stats and special skill options
  • Combine hero skills and weapons/equipment for a huge selection of hero builds
  • Play cooperative with friends in the 3-player “Last Man Standing” mode, where you face hordes of enemies and earn experience to level up your knights and unlock new skills and cosmetics
  • Play competitively in multiple PVP game modes that support 1v1 and 2v2, with cosmetic meta-progression and special rewards for ranked play

The Valiant is coming to PS4, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC, though there’s no release date — or even launch window — revealed yet. In the meantime, you can wishlist The Valiant on Steam, the Epic Games Store, and GOG.

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