Kingdom Wars is a free to play 3D MMORTS with real-time siege combat, without the pay to win element so common in the genre. Kingdom Wars offers beautiful 3D online world, where players construct strongholds, direct citizens, complete quests and eventually manage a global empire.
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Release Date: Apr 1, 2013

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October 9, 2015

Free Expansion Anounced - "Lords and Vassals"

We are excited to finally reveal more info about a massive free expansion pack, and another big update planned to Kingdom Wars this year.

Update: ETA for Lords and Vassals is now March 10th 2016

With these two upcoming updates/expansions Kingdom Wars 1 should move to a whole new level. So lets get started.

Lords and Vassals
Our third free expansions, titled "Lords and Vassals" will completely rework the economy, removing Crowns requirement from most gameplay elements, and adding new ways to boost productivity. Crown cost will only associate with certain Vassal town and Empire building elements, as well as research.

We also reworked the flow of the game, new players will no longer spend a week or two to max out their homecity, but accomplish it in a couple of days, and move on to Empire building.

The main feature of this expansion is meaningful late game, where players have to fight each other for control of 28 cities on the world map. This is where Lords and Vassals title comes in. Late game, your homeland becomes just one of the cities in your empire. And instead of having to garrison and build your homecity, you will be building an empire, with dozens of armies, reinforcing up to 28 cites on the worldmap, each with large individual garrison.

Vassal towns has been greatly expanded with new features to make it worth holding and fighting for, with full functionality of the homeland - from training all kind of troops, to upgrading your town with various merchants, and can generate incomes to match your homeland.

Players have to garrison their towns to avoid Vassal rebellion, bribe Vassal lords to maintain good relations, and 3/4ths of fighting to acquire a new town will be through PvP, taking the town away from some other player.

Players will be greatly encourage to defend their vassals if other players attack, as PvP protection is not an option in late game, and aside from large pay out penalty for refusing Vassal defense, it greatly damages your relations with your vassal empire. And of-course, rewards for fighting a PvP vassal defense battle are amazing.

This expansion also comes with several key big fixes, and completely re-balances all economic factors in-game.


The Big Update
The second update will see all the features and engine update from Kingdom Wars 2: Battles ported to Kingdom Wars 1, including new combat, new pathfinding, stable game client that doesn`t CTD, and much better performance. This update titled "The Big Update" (better name soon) is due as soon as KW2B reaches beta stage, and we can safely port everything over to Kingdom Wars 1. We are hopeful for an April 2016 release

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Free Empire Expansion

Our biggest expansion - Empire completely re-invents the gameplay - changing Kingdom Wars from a local city building game, into massive empire building simulation and greatly expanding the scope and length of the game. In Empire, players get to literally take over the world - commanding a huge military, political and economic empire that covers the entire game world - from the human Southmount Mountains to the desolate deserts of Brakental.

And, as has become our tradition, this expansion is once again absolutely free!

Free Arcana Expansion

The Arcana expansion introduces a new dimension to gameplay, adding magic to Kingdom Wars and the world of Mythador. Arcana brings with it powerful wizards to recruit, earth-shattering spells to research and cast, towering Wizard Guild buildings to construct and much more.

The free Arcana expansion is just the latest addition to an ever growing game and is a way for the development team to give back to the community that has supported us over the years.

Free Siegeworks Expansion

This massive expansion greatly enhances the gameplay experience by putting a strong emphasis on expanding the game world twice over - adding sixteen new siege ready towns and variety of new units. In addition, Siegeworks introduces new Guild Alliances feature, completely redesigned combat and pathfinding control system.

And the best part this expansion is absolutely free! This is a way for us to give back to the community that has supported us over the years.

About This Game

Kingdom Wars is a free to play 3D MMORTS with real-time siege combat, without the pay to win element so common in the genre. Having evolved from Dawn of Fantasy: Kingdom Wars this strategy game offers lively online world, where players gather resources, construct majestic towns, and impregnable strongholds, direct citizens, complete quests in the service of mighty nobles and fiendish rogues, and eventually manage a global empire. All within an online realm that grows, works, lives, and breathes even when you log off. All this in glorious 3d world with stunning level of detail and epic scale - with vibrant towns and thousand strong armies. And of-course let’s not forget the glorious siege battles all in real-time! Developed by Reverie World Studios, Kingdom Wars is the result of several years of hard work by a new Toronto based studio, with members all over the world.

Features

Innovative MMORTS Approach
  • Wage war with neighboring regions or complete countless hours of quests as you unveil the dark secrets of Terria while managing a persistent kingdom and economy with thousands of other players. Socialize, trade, forge alliances and - best of all - battle against other players across the world, defeat their armies, and burn their towns!
Not Pay to Win
  • With Kingdom Wars free to play release our goal was to create a game of skill, not bigger wallets. We have followed player suggestions and tried to avoid the common pay2win traps. In Kingdom Wars majority of micro-transaction only effect cosmetic changes or unlock bonus content, that does not effect game progress and player interaction. All the other options are limited to one time use, to prevent anyone gaining unfair advantage.
Multiple Games Modes
  • Two additional singleplayer modes - including open-ended Campaign mode, and content-packed single-player Skirmish mode with both Lay Siege and Castle Defense maps - guaranteed to satisfy players of various tastes and gameplay styles.
Stunning Siege Combat
  • User-friendly Siege-oriented gameplay adds a whole new dimension to the battlefield as you ram the enemy gate, scale the walls, and place automated defensive systems, such as: stone tippers, boiling oil, and wall-mounted catapults.
Three Distinct Races & Styles of Gameplay
  • Kingdom Wars features three distinct civilizations: Elves, Orcs and Men, presenting a unique approach to these iconic races with three distinct styles of gameplay. Each race is complete with its own lore, language, world region and terrain, dozens of distinct units and buildings, hundreds of unique technologies, and each even has a different approach to economy and building style.
Fully 3D Dynamic World Map
  • Travel the MMORTS world using a beautifully-designed 3D World Map featuring scale replicas of all the NPC strongholds, quest areas, and the player's homeland.
Original Base Building Approach
  • Each player’s Stronghold features hundreds of buildings that look and behave like a City-Simulation game, but without any micro-management, giving the player more time to spend on the battlefield. In addition each race offers a different approach to building strongholds.
Complex Economic Model with Corpse Looting
  • Combines the complexity of nearly a dozen gathering possibilities, different for each race, with automated simplicity, allowing players the options to micromanage their economy, or leave it to run itself in times of war.
Realistic Weather and Season Change
  • The gaming world comes alive as you build and battle during winter or summer months, as you push your armies through heavy rain or snow storms. Your economy significantly changes from summer to winter, when different strategic options are available during different times of day and severe weather makes certain units useless.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows Vista
    • Processor:2.4 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory:3 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce GT 530 / ATI Radeon HD 6570
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:7.5 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX Compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:Internet connection required to play the game. Software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable, DirectX and Microsoft .NET 4.
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:2.4 GHz Quad Core
    • Memory:6 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti / Radeon HD 6790
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:10 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX Compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:Internet connection required to play the game. Software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable, DirectX and Microsoft .NET 4.
Helpful customer reviews
203 of 225 people (90%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
288.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2015
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There are a few things i think people should know about before playing this game.I bought kingdom wars before it was a f2p game and have had two maxed out citys with high lvl hero's and have spent money on the game beyond just buying it pre f2p.This is my honest review about what i know of the game.

BUGS! Be prepared to lose resorces for winning pvp matches.That's right you lose for winning! If a person trys to fight you and you accept and then he pays you to flee battle you get a win and maybe a little gold from the payout BUT you will lose 5k food 5k wood and 5k stone from your towns resorce stash which varries depending on what your stash has in it but that was my last loss to this bug. Not only do you lose for winning a pvp match in this manner you don't recieve the crowns for the win that you are supposed to get for winning.The only way to avoid this bug is to fight until the game tells you you won or lost.

BUGS! That's right more bugs.This one however is in your favor.When creating troops to build an army some times you will dupe extra units.

BUGS! Your city is full of small bugs that are annoying at times but minor and not worth more then a mention that thay are there.

THE MOTHER OF ALL BUGS! This is a big one in my opinion! Be prepared to lose it all! That's right and not because you can be captured or destroyed by another player but because everytime the dev's change the game some people not all but at random get a full wipe including your account like you never exisited in the first place. The money you spent "poof gone" the time you spent "poof gone". I know this first hand as both my maxed out city's got wiped and in return i didn't even get a response from the support team. After the first time i said "ok i haven't played in a wile no big deal i lost my stuff" and i moved on rebuilt spent money on the starter packs and was back on top in a few weeks and that's when the dev's changed the game again and i lost it all again.Sense the game came out pre f2p i have put about 60$ into the game and 288 hours which i wish at this point i had not but if you don't mind losing it all and spending money and time on a game so that a bug can rob you in the end then this game is for you!

There are some cool things about kingdom wars but the amount of bugs makes the amount of cool things not worth the mention as the bugs destroy the enjoyment all together.The dev's don't really care about the game the bugs have been there forever and have never been fixed the team took what was supposed to be an update to kingdom wars and made it a stand alone game "kingdom wars 2: battles" which is the same game with a cuple added fetures.The team only did this to pump more money out of people instead of fixing and updating the game they had already created "Kingdom wars" leaving KW broken and a waste of time and money.

In the end i can't say i recommend any games from this team as they don't put any real care into the games they create beyond publishing bug filled crap they have no intention to fix.
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
202.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2015
i have 198hrs on this game i took a break and they deleted my kingdom ♥♥♥♥ this game!
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26 of 32 people (81%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2015
Game servers are not recording progress. It recognises a new kingdom created but forces you to start over every time you want to play that kingdom, making it pointless to play in the first place.

If you want in-game support, there is none as the ingame community is dead and the only way to contact GM's /devs is via email.

If you exit the game via main menu, it tries logging you back in, in an endless loop, forcing you to crash the game in order to exit.

This game is plagued with bugs as a result of the developers abandoning it last year, (read the forums) Hence why it is now on Steam. It's a pitty because it had a lot of potential even with a in-game shop, but now it's just an empty shell of what it could have been.
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2015
Bugged up the ♥♥♥♥, would have been a great game and all but serious GAME BREAKING bugs.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
501.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2015
Hello! Let me start by saying this game is unique and have great potential but its far from perfect!

I'll start with the good side of Kingdom Wars:

If you are fan of Stronghold, Total War, Warcraft, Age of Empires series you will love this game, has the all elements including some unique features like live economy and constant online world!

You'll start with a small village, few peasants, soldiers and a hero (24 hours battle protection) .... build and upgrade your town and armies, siege and ally with other players and NPC , train Hyrdras, Minotaurs, Dragons to become emperor and conquer the world!

Enjoy sieging your enemies (player or NPC) but be careful about where you deploy your armies couse anytime you can be attacked by other players (in game system have battle protection but you will need to spend cowns to get it and wont be able to pvp or coop will its active), hunt other players on battlefield if you dont have anyone to siege, trade with other towns, escort your caravans will moving resorces, explore the world with your armies and much more!

If you are willing you can spend real money to customize your hero armor,town architecture,army banners,symbols.

Buy additional town space (only 1 town is free), build new Empires with different race and share new expiriance with your friends!

Ok here is the bad side of Kingdom Wars:

Servers ... uff i am feeling sick already .... they are just not good, game have huge number of buggs and will lagg even on amazing configurations will coop - duo to server issus .... if you are in Europe and you coop with someone from Australia!

Buying naming rights for your heroes and monsters is throwing money couse names will mix or reset everytime you enter new region, also prices for some staff are not worth the money, they should balance this.

You will be frustrated with same buggs and controles because they are still working on improving game engine.

Recently all servers crushed and they lost most in game data, however I have to commend the moderator they really made the effort to cut our losses but at the end everyone started over with promise it wont happen again!


Generally viewed this is great game and you will enjoy playing it even with all its faults .... i know i did :) 7.5/10 Would give it 9-9.5 if they fix servers and all of the above mentioned!

Sorry for my bad English i know its not perfect but hope this review will help ppl!

All the best guys and good luck! ;)
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