Kingdoms Rise is about palpable multiplayer fantasy battle. Build a unique warrior from a mass of weapons and abilities then step onto a battlefield where skill and cunning will decide your fate.
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Mixed (954 reviews) - 55% of the 954 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 18, 2013

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We are using Early Access to enable you to keep us alive long enough to finish this game. By buying the game while it's not finished we can keep working until it is.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We can't say how much longer it will take till we are at our full version, by a guess would be another 6 months or so”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

Full version is planned to feature:
  • Comprehensive Training/Tutorial
  • Ranks and Competitions
  • Level ups / XP
  • Lots of achievements
  • Steam workshop for custom maps and armors/clothes
  • Party Matchmaking
  • Clans/Guilds
  • Team objectives game mode(s)
  • Singleplayer/Co-op survival game
  • More of the other stuff (spells, swords, armor, etc.)
  • Much more balance and way less bugs

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“I'm not going to pretend this game is finished, as you can see from the list of features we are still working on it's going to be a fair amount of time before its called "done".

That said, the game is playable and enjoyable, the fundamentals of combat (albeit sometimes buggy) can currently be experienced by anyone in all it's glory.
If you are someone who needs more than just combat to continue enjoying the game, you may get tired of this fairly quickly”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“After Early Access this game will go up in price, hence why you would want to invest in it now while it's still a work in progress

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We listen very closely to everything our players relay to us. I'm sure many of our community members can already tell you how a feature or fix they have suggested has since been added to the game.

If you join the community you can be assured you will have an impact. We are not your programming slaves here to make any or every idea but we do consider all the ideas we read”
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About This Game

Kingdoms Rise is about palpable multiplayer fantasy battle. Take your choice of weapons and abilities onto a battlefield where skill alone will decide your fate.

With a multitude of armors, swords, spells, ranged weapons and more you can customize a warrior and a fighting style unique to you.

Kingdoms Rise makes fantasy combat something more than grind a earn level-ups. It's not a means to an end but and end in itself.
The feeling of steel against steel is made solid. Bringing all tension and thrill as knights wield sword and fire against each other.

Read your opponent and try to psych them out in tactical blade dueling.
Wield spells such as fireballs, lightening, hook-shots, invisibility and blinks that will work tightly in tandem with your strengths in swordsmanship.
This game has been build from the beginning to feel palpable, as though you control every muscle and plant every step. You wont watch a knight perform fancy pants maneuvers from simple button presses, instead you step into the very boots of your character and fight with your own finesse.

With deep character customization every fight is unique and every opponent will have a new trick up their sleeve.
Experiment with different combinations and strategies to create a knight with a fighting style unique to you alone.

Players can form parties with friends and fight in competitive modes.
In team games the only limit is your imagination. Your teammates can build themselves into roles such as tanks, damage dealers, supports or any new role you see fit. Think up new strategies, combine spells in interesting ways and achieve victory!

Key Features
  • 360° Directional Melee Sword Fighting System
  • Deep Character Customization
  • Wide Range of Magic spells and abilities to use and combine
  • Create a Party with Friends and fight as a Team
  • Full Controller Support


In Development Disclaimer
This game is still under construction, there are bugs yet to be fixed, features yet to be added and balance yet to be fine-tuned. Please understand that you WILL encounter bugs and balance issues while the game is still in development!
Players of the Early Access builds should expect some features to be 'coming soon' or still under construction.
Anyone on the Steam community should be able to tell you that we are constantly refining the game based on the valuable feedback of our early-access players.

The game is always taking form, stepping closer to it's potential each day and we hope you will join into the journey and see where this might go!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 2.7 GHz
    • Memory: 1500 MB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon 3870 or higher, Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
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ForsakingFamiliar
0.7 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: September 23
Abandonned project. It isn't early access. Do not buy.
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Teyloune
4.7 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: September 23
This game is basicly about fighting in a fantasy-arena (so far i've seen), its quite fun, but the problem i havn't seen a single player online, which makes almost impossible to play, yes, i can fight against the AI which is sometimes incredibly hilarious.. but, thats it (right now).
I can't really say anything negative about this game, all it needs is more love and more players.

Would i recommend this?
Uhm, Maybe ~ yes.
But - right now; only buy this game, if you like the idea of it and you want to support it,
cuz there isn't much "Game", since no one playes it, which is sad. / so lets hope for the best. :3
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MrRauxa
1.0 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: September 12
scam, steam should retire this game from the shop after development has been abandoned.
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Toygaru
10.4 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: September 8
It is a great game that needs tons of develepment. It crashes randomly due to stupid software issues and now its not finding any servers. While all my friends play happily I cant seem to join or find any servers. This really sucks and since the community so small there is not any help online either. It is another game that devs create and shove it up your ♥♥♥♥ without any support or help.
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Malthael
1.5 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: September 7
game has been in early access for at least 3 years...there hasn't been any meaningfull updates in the past year or two...save yourself! dont buy this game!
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Spoodermawn
5.9 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 26
Dead multiplayer and I bought this years ago when it was still in Early Access. It needs to be removed from the Steam Store as it is absolutely horrible.
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Cayden Black
0.4 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 24
Would refund if I could.

DO NOT BUY.
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Whitefang
0.2 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 20
People who make games like this should go to jail for fraud...it's people like this that give early access games a bad bad bad name.

This is a late review, don't waste your time on this. It's been on early access for a few years now, the developers just gave up. Steam, please take this game down from your store. I don't write many bad reviews, i just saw this game in my library and thought I should warn anyone who thought to give it a chance. Don't.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 4
Yeah just dont, this game is a con. Never even intedned to finish it at all.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 27
I can't believe I bought this game. I have no idea what I was thinking. I wasn't able to refund it because that ability was out yet on steam. Never go full ♥♥♥♥♥♥ like I did.
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315 of 360 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 25, 2013
I'm a sucker for PVP melee combat games that involve both mind games and skill to win. I bought this game on a whim because I had nothing else much to play after I watched the trailer. it seemed very similar to Dark Souls and I was especially intrigued in the spells + sword fighting gameplay.

First thought was, "damn, why is this game so bright?" but the game is beautiful. Some things aren't texturized that well and the game is full of glitches, bugs and inconsistencies but that is what an early access is about. Things will be fixed and as of yesterday, a patch has already been released acknowledging many inconsistencies and imbalances.

Using the mouse to aim the direction of sword swings isn't unheard of, but I think the game does it well, and with the addition of bows, throwing axes, mines and magical spells, it adds alot of depth to the game. Discovering what types of spells go with which swords or abilities is fun and experimental and there are many different combinations to tinker with.

All in all, I think this game has so much potential right now. If FlyLeaps studios could make the sword play a little more responsive, (sometimes, hits do not register), add a duel-mode similar to that of chivalry, and some more content (including more spells, swords, maps etc.) this game will be big hit that will most likely appeal to a competitive community.
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221 of 272 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 6, 2014
This is unplayable. I can't believe they make people pay for this. It has a LOT of potential, but the greed from the devs might screw it up. You should go watch a movie or eat something with your 10-15$. Devs are blacklisted.

TRIGGER: Buyer's remorse
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135 of 164 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 31, 2013
This game was nearly unplayable for me. No matter the server one player always had higher ping, and this enabled them to dominate all as there was no way to defend against attacks since the ping delayed you too much for it to even register a block.

It's a awesome concept, but to have a intricate battle system you also need the netcode or servers to back it up.
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50 of 50 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 20, 2015
Devs stopped, dont buy at all
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77 of 91 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
591.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 5, 2014
First off I would like to say that I've been playing this game since the beginning and have literally not stopped playing. If what you're looking for is a multiplayer melee experience similar to that of war of the roses or mount & blade, but set in a fantasy world where you control magic at your fingertips, then look no further. This game really delivers, for an alpha.

The updates in this game take awhile since there are only two devs working on the game and they do aim for monthly updates, doesn't always happen but they do let us know what is going on. As I have said the game is still in alpha and will have some bugs here and there. Playing with a low ping is highly recommended. Anything over 130 (in game not in the server menu) is not very playable.

Right off the bat you are able to customize your knight in some impressive fantastical armor and clothing, but there are also choices for some more 'realistic' gear. Devs are adding new things all the time and are always showing off their progress on the Kingdoms Rise facebook page.

As of right now there isn't a tutorial in-game, but one can be seen in the guides section made by the devs. You don't need to look at the tutorial, but believe me when I say, at the very least look at the parry and parry lock section of the manual. It will save you a lot of grief in game and once you master those skills, gameplay becomes even more addicting. You can get away with spamming away attack with other new players, but once you meet someone who knows how to parry, you will most likely lose. Luckily, those experienced few in the community are always willing to help out new players and usually it isn't too hard to ask these guys for some help.

There are many different swords in the game, each with their special effects and stats. They aren't perfectly balanced, but your use in magic and skill with the sword is enough to offset any of the swords' abilities currently available. Magic in this game isn't over powered and is meant to be used to complement your swordsmanship as well as mold the playstyle you want. You can only equip 2 spells, however, you are able to have doubles of any spell as well as have a large selection to choose from. There are many types of spells from attack, to defense, to healing and mobility. Mix and match to create the playstyle you want.

You will have a hard time at first controlling the sword with your mouse due to the nature of the screen moving with you as you strike, but like I said, look up the tutorials and get some practise performing the moves. They do require some timing and precision, so if an easy mode game is what you're looking for, then you are in the wrong place. However, if you're looking for a competetive game where the skill cap is high and it is very much possible for a skilled player to take on an entire team, without the use of cheap tricks/exploits, this game is for you.

**AUGUST UPDATE**
AI has been added to the game and makes for quite the training partners as well as a challenging surviving mode that will have you crying for mama within the first 5 waves. Really fun if you just want to mess around by yourself, or can't currently find a game. Just remember not to use the disonnect button while you're in the survival server as it will crash the game
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106 of 135 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 25, 2013
Another early access game with plenty of potential behind it, especially since it is developed by solely a two man team at the moment. It boasts 360 directional attacks and parrying with swords. While this may be a dreamland for swordplay, one must not forget the dark fantasy background it has by including magic. It's a game that's still currently rough around the edges, however still manages to be enjoyable.

This game may not be for everyone due to the amount of work it still needs. As this game is in Early Access, the developers do want you to report problems and make suggestions on their Kingdoms Rise Community Hub. So if you can make constructive feedback with some research, why not pitch in to help out?
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612 of 906 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 27, 2014
This game has lots of potential, but is hardly updated, and dead. I can not recommend this game until it has a higher playerbase and more updates.
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47 of 51 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
32.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 31, 2015
It hurts to give this game a bad review, because it could've become something great.
However, it did not. The game is dead, Dev kept lying to the community, and eventually he gave up on it.

He's now working on some new project, while this one hasn't even been released.
Don't bother buying this.
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