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Kingdom
Kingdomsign
Developer LostSynth Studios
Nintendo
Publisher Nintendo
Genres Action
Shooter
Online
Release Date TBA
Platform Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo New 3DS, Nintendo Switch
Media Physical and Digital

Kingdom is an upcoming game online hero-based third person action game in development by LostSynth Studios and Nintendo. There is little information concerning the game but a spokesman for LostSynth Studios confirmed that "the game focuses on selecting a particular hero to join a squad of six members to fight other squads in online matches." After it's announcement, some critics have suggested that Nintendo is trying to cash in on the Overwatch craze. Overwatch is an online first person hero-based shooter developed by Blizzard for the Playstation 4, X-Box One, and computer. LostSynth Studios couldn't be reached for a comment. The game is currently under development along with the game Ninten-ZOO and potential similarities in the Kingdom logo suggests they make be connected in some form. LostSynth Studios has promised to release more information as it comes.

On September 27, 2016, LostSynth Studios and Nintendo jointly released a 35 minute long "Exploring Kingdom Direct which contained information about game play, plot and world information, and the Beasties that players can play as.

Gameplay

Players in Kingdom will find themselves participating in epic battles within this mysterious land. Now that we know a little about where Kingdom will be set, how will battles be played? This is the core of the game and what drives the stories narrative. Players will participate in a two-team battle with four players to a team. There will be 8 players total in one given match. Defeating the team will help increase the alliance as well as your own player's allegiance which advances the storyline further down the road. Kingdom is a constantly evolving narrative and the story's progression will be heavily influenced by how well players play the game. What comes next is a blank slate and it's up to you guys to write the outcome.

NintendoNetwork

The Nintendo Network will allow for online capabilities.

While we can't go into what modes and battles there are, I can give a little insight in what to expect. Kingdom will be a first for Nintendo in that it will constantly require a wireless connection in order to play. While some of you may be disappointed to hear this, it is very important to have this online connection in order to drive the game forward. Traditionally, there is the Conquest Mode which will heavily factor into the final outcome and where allegiance points count. There will also smaller game modes that focus on different aspects such as a Battle Royal where all players fight against each other as well as a more light-heated Free Battle Mode which will not contribute to the games progression and serves as a training mode/practice mode. Still, you will be competing against opponents.

The game can be played both in first person and third person form though there won't be an advantage to choosing one over the other. You can change it quite quickly; even in the heat of battle. However, some of the more melee-oriented fighters would benefit from having a third-person view while shooters may benefit more from a first-person view. Ultimately, it will depends on your own preference.

As I mentioned, characters may be more melee-inclined while others will be more shooter-inclined. What does this mean? Well, to start, every Beastie will wield a weapon of some sort such as a sword, a gun, or even something else entirely. There is also a secondary attack option, too.

Basic Attacks, Beast Skills, and Beast Breakers

Basicattacks


Primary Attack
Attacks which utilize the characters main weapon and doesn't have a cooldown time.
Secondary Attack
Attacks which utilize another weapon and has a cooldown timer.


Beastskills


Each character has a set of three Beast Skills which they can use in battle. Each skill has a cooldown timer unique to that character.


Beastbreakers


A Beast Breaker is a type of ultimate attack that, in order to release, must have its gauge filled up which can be done attacking and executing Beast Skills and gaining points in battle.

Modifiers and Beast Traits

Modifiers


Prior to starting a match, players can select one of three available modifiers which slightly alters the character.


Beastraits


As you level up your character, you can unlock Beast Traits which will heavily influence how that character evolves! There are also branch traits where players must pick one or the other.

Classes

WarriorsymbolDefender symbolTanksymbolSpeedster symbolSupport symbol
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Warriors are the main damage dealers, the physical wall of pain, those who shrug off damage and continue fighting. These Beasties focus on dealing as much damage as possible with little regard to themselves. They are best leading aggressive assaults against fortifications or waiting until the best opportunity to strike. They come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, types, and backgrounds. In addition in dealing physical damage, some of these classes will do elemental damage and, in this case, Fire and Lightning represents the Warriors though this is not always the case. The Warrior Class is depicted with a sword and it's color is red. Warriors, within the world of Kingdom typically aim to find the riches of Kingdom to bring glory to either themselves or their allegiances and will stop at nothing of these pursuits.

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The second class represented are the Defenders and play a pivotal supporting role ind defending key areas, setting up choke points, and defending against invading enemies. These Beasties are important in maintaining key areas and defending them tooth and talon. Without the Defenders, important and key strategy points are left to the enemy and this can prove to be the main cause of defeat. Those who decide to play as a Defender needs to forgo the glory of wading into bad and be content setting up key defensive positions and crowding groups of enemies together so the Warriors can take them out. Defenders are typically represented by Ice and Earth. It is depicted by a shield and its color is yellow. Within the world of Kingdom, Defenders tend to search of the riches of Kingdom to bring honor and glory not to themselves but to their allegiances and those that serve them. They tend to take a more modest and dutiful role as opposed to Warriors.

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The third class featured are the Tankers and they are the primarily damage dealers as well as absorbers. They focus on dishing out just as much damage as they can take and prove to be extremely valuable in intense fire fights. Tankers have high defense and health stats and, with the right modifiers and traits, prove to literally be moving fortresses with artillery to back them up. Tankers tend to be seen as a mixture between the first two classes plus a little bad ass'ery throw into it. Be warned though players that Tankers may have high damage output but they lack the speed and jumping ability as some of the lighter classes. Plan accordingly before taking a Tanker out into the battlefield. Tankers typically associate with Fire and Ice. They are depicted with a fortress and their color is blue. With the world of Kingdom, Tankers tend to fight for their own glory then the glory of others; even if it means their allegiances and tend to seek attention by proving their strength in the fires of war.

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The fourth class within Kingdom are Speedsters and they can be some of the most successful (and annoying) of all the classes. Speedsters are hit-and-runners who focus on launching rapid attacks in a small amount of time and then getting the hell out of the fire. They boast impressive movement and attack speed, high jumping and evading abilities, and skills that tend to lean towards areas of espionage and infiltration. However, they crumple under intense fire and almost, if not always, loses to a Tanker. They have the lowest health and defense of any class and won't be winning at power contests either. Still, they are invaluable for weakening defenses and knocking out players separated from their teams. Speedster also include aerial units which we will see further down the road. Speedsters are typically associated with Wind and Lightning. They are depicted by a lightning bolt and their color is green. Speedsters within Kingdom generally are looking for fame, for glory, or have an ulterior motive. They are not as boastful as the Tankers or modest as the Defenders but they can be cocky at most times.

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Finally, the fifth class are the always important Supporters. As the man suggests, they help out the front lines with much needed medic and stat support and can even weaken the opponents by lowering their stats. Warriors and Tankers form the main offensive line while Speedster sand Defenders from the defensive line. Supporters back all them up with their life-saving skills and modifiers. Still, a person playing a Supporter needs to know that they will not be seeing the same combat as others do and may find themselves overlooked (or maybe way to underappreciated) in comparison. Supporters are always almost a plus within a team and those who specialize in these characters will be sought out after. Supporters are often associated with Water and Earth. They are depicted by a cross and their color is purple. Supporters within Kingdom often fight solely for their allegiances or their teammates and its rare to find a Supporter purely fighting for him or herself.

Game Modes

Players can participate in a number of Game Modes that range in a wide variety of rules and mechanics. While there will be more revealed later, here are some that we can confirm today:

Conquest can be seen as the bread-and-butter of the game with a wide amount of the games progress devoted into this game mode. How well players do and how well they advance themselves within the game will affect the overall outcome of the stories narrative. This mode will decide who gets to claim Kingdom as their own! Battles take places between teams of four against another team. In addition, there will be different types of matches that will have a certain objective to complete to win. Some examples includes a traditional team vs team battle as well as zone control matches.

Scenario Mode pits two four player teams against each other to complete a particular objective. However, each member has to pull his or her own weight or the scenario cannot be completed. Some scenarios include protecting treasure from the enemy, sky diving battles, and collecting the opponents honey.

As the name suggests, its a battle royale with no teams with up to 12 players in one battle. This mode does not contribute to the games progressive narrative but will double the amount of points and gear given up at the end of each match. Matches can be either time, stock, or health depletion based.

This unique game mode features undead creatures known as "Carrion" who will sporadically pop up in Conquest and Battle Royale in something known as "Carrion Skimish". Well, in Hunt Mode, it's two teams of four against the whole might of the Carrion. The winner who destroys the most and strongest Carrion wins the match!


Plot

Kingdom is set in the super-continent known as Avalon. This super-continent spans the entire globe so it's quite a large area understandably with a wide range of creatures and cultures residing within. You will find numerous kingdoms, fiefdoms, federation, empires, city-states, and more within. However, laying in the center of the continent is the mysterious land known as Kingdom. Quite fitting, isn't?

Avalon globe
As the story goes, the land known as Kingdom is open once every 500 years and may stay open for only a few years to whole centuries. While the world rushes by and civilizations rise and fall; Kingdom stands still in time until it magically reopens. Within Kingdom is said to have vast amounts of treasure, riches, and power and whoever lays claim to it will establish themselves as the main power of the continent.

Historically, the Kingdom has only been claimed five times in the past millennium and these civilizations that once conquered it have fallen into dust due to infighting, wars, and sabotage. The last time Kingdom opened, it caused an all-out war between the people resulting in a global catastrophe of which none now remember of it. What is remembered is due to being written in scrolls that survived the tragic turn of events. What was described in these scrolls was a rain of fire erupting in the sky and scorching the land underneath. Since then, Kingdom never opened in what would be the longest time it would be remained closed; for over 8,000 years. But that was until now, though. With Kingdom open after such a long time, we are sure to see some dramatic battles unfolding.

With Kingdom being set on a massive super continent, there sure has to be different cultures and races explored within this world, right? Well, yes and no. Not in the sense of what we are used to. We cannot comment if this is indeed a past or future Earth but you will come into contact with many animals that we currently recognize such as tigers and elephants. Actually, coming into contact with them is putting it lightly. You will be jumping into their shoes...hmmm...hooves...claws...talons...you get the picture.

The world of Kingdom is composed of anthropomorphic creatures commonly known as "Beasties". They inhabit a large variety of environments and have created mass cities where they govern their own kingdoms and empires. Some of them are rather antagonistic and aggressively expansive such as Aslandia Empire while others, such as as, is a company dedicated to expanding research to better the lives of others. Each one has their own reasons for wanting to enter into Kingdom and take the riches for themselves.

Kingdom Arenas

Players will participate in battles in places called Arenas. A of right now, we can confirm of four locations which house arenas. Each location will have (as of right now) four arenas that correspond to the four game modes. The areans are all located in the land of Kingdom and, due to the magic placed on the land, remains relatively unchanged due to the slow flow of time. Today, we will be looking at one arena from each location.

A large expand of largely uninhabited mega-forest with a few settlements including the deserted and decaying city, Verdancity. There are four arenas to correspond to the four Game Modes.

=Merrwodglenns banner A large half-forest, half-meadow arena placed right in the heart of the Ralmwood Expanse. It appears to incorporate some ancient farm houses and pastures within its boundaries.

A large arid semi-desert land with flowing sand dunes, scrub-lands, oasis's, and several massive monoliths of a long-hone civilization.

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A large pyramid-like temple said to house a dark secret. It has many tunnels and passageways that can confuse even the most intrepid of explorers. Though it is said to house a tremendous amount of treasure. This has caused those wishing to claim these treasures to descend upon the temple.

Once a vibrant farming and mining community now reduced to ghost towns and abandoned settlements. This is a key location due to its very fertile lands.

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All men must die and into the ground they go. This place, close to the cathedral, served as the settlements cemetery. Many great warriors, brilliant leaders, dedicated mothers, and innocent children has been buried here and long waited to be woken by the Carrion. With their awakening with the opening of Kingdom, they desire flesh.

A tropical paradise located on the western shores of Kingdom. While it looks and feels like a paradise, the sand has drunk its fill of blood over the ages.

Westbreakcove banner Could of this been the tropical paradise that past civilizations came to for holiday? Who knows but this beautiful tropical paradise sure knows how to bring out the blood shed. Fast caverns sunk in the cliffs near the ocean glow with the color of treasure. The beach is also a perfect location to create a settlement and prime real estate for occupation.

Beasties

There has been a total of five Beasties revealed thus far with each one from one of the five distinct classes. More Beasties will be revealed in the future.

Princeleopold iconQueenbee iconGeneraltuskerr iconUsagi iconNocturnis iconScarfin icon

Princeleopold profile

Starting us out is the Warrior, Prince Leopold. Prince Leopold hails from the Aslandia Empire and is the third prince within the royal line. His older-brother is the crowned prince and will succeed his father upon his death. Prince Leopold is a product of the highly aggressive and expansion is Aslandia Empire who holds Aslandian superiority beliefs which has brought it into conflicts with other rulers and kingdoms. In fact, the Aslandia Empire holds several tribute kingdoms under themselves which makes up the Aslandia Imperium. Prince Leopold, angered over being cast as the third son, seeks riches and glory within Kingdom and hopes to bring the treasure and power to his home in order to elevate his own standing within his father's eyes. Despite this ulterior motive, he is dedicated to his Empire and would gladly die for it if given the chance. Maybe this is what he actually seeks.

Prince Leopold is your typical attacker with a focus on Fire and Earth elements. He attacks uses his greatsword Lionsbane and focuses on delivering powerful, guard-breaking attacks. Prince Leopold is best played fighting in the most brutal of conditions and attacking even when damaged. Players who hide or hit-and-run will not see much character progression within Prince Leopold. He is a character with an aggressive and dynamic personality that thrives on battle and seeks glory for himself and his Empire. We will be revealing all of the character's abilities on a later date though we will be high lighting some of them here in this Direct.

Obviously, Prince Leopold uses his Lionsbane for attacks which gives him a huge edge of power and ranging output. Charging that attack allows for an overhead power slash attack that can break guards and defenses. His secondary attack is Heavy Claw in which Prince Leopold slashes aggressively with his lions claw. One of his Beast Skills is Fire Caller which Prince Leopold ignites Lionsbane and spins rapidly while swinging his sword. It is a very aggressive attack that is great in plowing through defenses or large groups of enemies. Prince Leopold is great for players who favor a high risk high reward type playstyle and wants to focus on offense rather than defense.

QueenBee profile

Our second character we plan to highlight is our first Defender character, Queen Bee. Queen Bee is, as you can imagine, a bee that's a queen. In fact, she's the Hive Queen and commands the massive flying fortress, the Hiveship. While some many question why such an important figurehead would be risking herself in such a battle. The thing is she isn't only by herself - she has the unwavering support of over a million of her drones, warriors, and workers. The Hive's goals in regards to Kingdom is unknown but they are actively searching for it. Perhaps to brings the riches to the Hiveship? Maybe even to park the Hiveship for a permanent colony? The Hive are a secretive and enigmatic power in the world that constantly seeks to expand its influence.

Queen Bee, as stated, is apart of the Defender class uses her bee drones and abilities to provide much needed defense to her allies. These attacks are set up in preventing opponents in setting up an advantage point, creating choke points, and providing cover fire for her allies. Her bee drones are excellent choices in this area because they have the capability if spreading damage throughout an entire area instead of a single localized area.

Besides her drones, she can also use sticky honey to keep hold of opponents and prevent them from progressing further. This aids in denying them from key advantage points and bottle-necking opponents. Or just sticking opponent in a bad spot and letting lose on them. But make no mistake though, Queen Bee and most Defenders do not have the firepower or strength like Warriors or Tanks to punch holes into opponents. They will not be winning any strength contests. They are key to maintaining lines and providing much needed back up and area control for their allies. Queen Bee does this by bees and honey - how appropriate.

Generaltusker profile

Our third character comes from the Tanker class. He is General O.R. Tuskerr. General Tuskerr is an old war hero of the Whalehall Federation which resides in the coldest regions of Avalon. He is a career soldier and general, a brilliant strategist, and one hell of a fighter. After serving 50 years within the Federations military, the prospect of living a cushy and comfortable retirement was at odds with his own mithos - duty, sacrifice, and glory. Without any hesitation, he ordered the military on stand-by and waded into Kingdom on his own to faithfully serve his people and country.

General Tuskerr is conventional and traditional - he doesn't deviate from his strict code of conduct. He seems things in black and white and will always way decisions based on the needs of his country. Therefore, he best fits the Tanker class. Large, bulky, and full of power - General Tuskerr can cut deep into the opponents defensive line while absorbing massive amounts of damage. He boasts large amounts of health, power, and armoring. However, he is incredibly slow and heavy thus reducing his ability to keep up with smaller and lighter characters. This becomes a problem with those who are both powerful AND fast.

General Tuskerr carries his trusty The Fang with him which increases his range due to the length of the weapon. Moving into enemy territory; he makes deep cuts and can even freeze the fortifications. He is an excellent choice for someone who wants to break though enemy lies to allow his or her allies. He can increase his mobility and limit others by encasing the ground in ice. In addition, he can deliver massively powerful ice-based attacks to freeze advancing enemies in their tracks. Or he can help allies who are in desperate need of help. If that is your preferred playstyle, General Tuskerr is your man...err...walrus.

UsagiBolt profile

The final character in this Direct is the Speedster, Usagi Bolt. Usagi Bolt, unlike the other Beasties, does not originate from a country or empire but, rather, a company. He is considered a courier for this company and uses his speed to deliver messages and information throughout the continent. He is one of the fastest there is. Usagi Bolt is a quick thinker, a quicker talker, and even quicker to decide on what to do in a given situation. He is completely loyal to his company, the Blue Fellowship Company. This company strives to bridge communities and countries together and to provide assistance to those in need. They hope to share the riches of Kingdom between everyone and that a combined continental effort in sharing and enjoying these riches will lead to everlasting peace. Some feel though that this organization is actually not as benevolent as they seem and might even have darker goals.

Usagi Bolt is a fast character and can be seen speeding about the arena on his quick feet. He has excellent mobility, jumping, evading, and pivoting ability. Not only that he also boasts quick weapon speed with his blaster able to unleash energy shots in rapid succession. He also boasts high drawing speed in regards to his blasters. The speed can be further augmented by adding certain modifiers. However, he doesn't deal that much damage as a result; even if he has a high rate of attack speed. Though if he shoots enough, he can certainly pierce through even a Tankers armor. Usagi is best running laps around the opponents to out speed them while unleashing rapid fire. He is also effective at hit and run tactics though his attack power isn't sufficient enough for it to make a huge dent.

Usagi Bolt is capable of using his blaster to unleash a torrent of damage. He can even summon a second "phantom" blaster for extra damage. He can also increase his speed by drawing it from health points. This is called Hypernygy though it must be used tactility due to Usagi's already low HP stats. He also boasts a number of other speed-boosting attacks. Those who like to live life at insane speeds and enjoy zipping around the area - Usagi is the bunny for the job!

Nocturnis profile

We now unveil our fifth character for Kingdom and the first Supporter, Nocturnis, the Cryptkeeper! Nocturnis hails from the land of everlasting night, Crepuscurio. He is the Crykeeper, the keeper and protector of souls that dwell upon the world and who cannot depart. He also performs death rituals to those who are close to death. It is one of the more revered statuses in Crepuscurio and he is held in high-esteem. Despite his rather imposing appearance and rather....ghastly profession...Nocturnis sees life and death as one cycle and that something, even himself, must face. He feels aiding in this death to be the greatest form of honor and wishes to only kill those who truly wish for death.

Game play wise, he is a Supporter and aids his teammates with Beast Skills that syphon health from opponents and transfers it to himself and his teammates. He is all about draining both energy and health from his enemies and giving it to his opponents in a variety of ways including through energy transference, energy bats, and even biting his friends after feasting on an opponent! He can also fly! Bad ass!

Scarfin profile

Scarfin is a leader of the Scrapshell Gang, a group devoted to finding scrap metal and garbage in the deep seas. They are apart of any country though and traverse about the oceans freely. Scarfin has charged head first into The Kingdom in order to find riches that will allow the gang to buy themselves a home to live in. Currently, they live on a barely floating vessel composed of scrap metal. Scarfin has a huge distrust against word governments and is especially at odds with the Aslandia Empire for trying to levy taxes form his gang for use of the ocean within the confines of the empire. The gang itself is mostly non-violent but will engage in gang wars with other scrap-metal salvagers or people who try to obstruct their work. Scarfin, despite his fierce appearance, is quite jolly and deeply cares of his gang. He also has a soft spot for orphans and will gladly take in anyone searching to call the gang his home. He is very headstrong and has a lust for treasure. He is willing to wage wars to claim the hull of a rusted ship if it comes to it.

Scarfin is a Tanker who possesses surprising high mobility and is fairly resiliant to damage. He is quicker while in water which gives him a huge advantage. This is an unique ability not found in many of the Tankers. He is easily one of the quicker Tankers and has great reach due to his anchor launcher which can be used both as a ballistic as well as a grappling hook. He very versatile and is a gem among the Tanker group. A good Scarfin-player disrupts the team formations by attacking and pulling key opponents out of the grouping and isolate them to deal damage. He is good at absorbing damage keeping the focus on himself through his techniques.

As mentioned, he utilizes his Anchor Launcher as his primary attack. This sends a single non-explosive anchor attached to a chain from his cannon. It can deal damage as well as reel in opponents when the primary attack button is pressed. His secondary attack is a Naval Mine which can be set up and explode once it makes contact. Scarfin can safely pick it up, throw it, or deposit it elsewhere. His Beast Skills and Beast Breaker will be revealed on another date.


Development

Development for Kingdom came about as LostSynth Productions was originally creating a new Mii-oriented game called Mii Wars where players control their Mii's and outfits them with weaponry and armor. Then, they can take them online and battle it out in various zones. The idea wasn't scrapped but shelved for the time being as resources and time were dedicated to a more promising prospect Kingdom. The game is confirmed to come out on the Nintendo Wii U but a subscription for $17.99 can be purchased to allow it being played on both the Nintendo 3DS as well as the upcoming Nintendo NX. Players can have individual accounts on all 3 systems or swap characters between the two. In addition, it will be made available on both the New Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo NX physically and digitally. The game will also support cross-compatable play allowing players to compete against each other on a wide variety of systems.

Trivia

  • Usagi Bolt was originally named Jack Bolt.

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