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Time has come to join the dark side. Take a trip to the other side of Teana, to the part of the world that has yet remained unseen to the royal bounty hunters. Take advantage of buying the game at a reduced price available during Early Access right now!
Release Date: Aug 14, 2014
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“Early Access offers the players a unique opportunity to witness the final stage of development of the new King’s Bounty title and participate in shaping the final game. Since the unit balancing is vital for the gameplay, we are looking forward to collect feedback from the core fans of the King’s Bounty saga as well as new players.

For all customers who will purchase the game in Early Access program we offer discounted price during this period and immediate access to the game as well as the full game on release.

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The game is currently in beta stage and it is very likely you may encounter issues and bugs that will not be present in the final version. Please do not judge the game until the final version is available. Thank you for your understanding!”
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King's Bounty: Dark Side - Release date announced

July 8th, 2014

Release version of the game will be available starting from August 14, 2014 in two editions:

  • King’s Bounty: Dark Side for suggested price 17,99 EUR/24,99 USD/15,99 GBP.
  • King’s Bounty: Dark Side Premium Edition for suggested price 21,99 EUR /29,99 USD/ 18,99 GBP.
Premium edition includes Dark Side Cookies bonus DLC that features:
  • Clot of Darkness amulet providing bonus to money and experience
  • Two additional locations
  • Over a dozen additional quests and a new unit

All participants of the King’s Bounty: Dark Side Early Access program on Steam will automatically receive the Premium Edition of the game.

Background

Time has come to join the Dark Journey to the other side of Teana and visit a mysterious part of the world never before seen by royal bounty hunters.

For the first time in King’s Bounty series, players will be able to choose their hero’s race as well as class. Become a fearless Orcs warrior, lead and heal your troops as a Demoness, or use dark magic as a fearsome Vampire.

The world is in turmoil. After winning the battle of Tristrem, arrogant elves plunder Orcish villages, desecrate holy shrines, and massacre the innocents. Orc-Baghyr, the greatest living Orc warrior, is forced to flee with a handful of loyal followers. He vows to return with a stronger force and retake his homeland!
Armies of human knights invade the land of Atrixus. A young Demoness named Neoleene, still mourning the death of her royal father, and her small unit of devoted imps is all that stands in the way of the invading horde.
Castle of the ancient Morton clan is threatened by an army of vampire hunters. Young Daert leaves home to seek allies among the other Dark races. All must join him or perish.

Fates of the three heroes are sealed. They come together in the depths of the Black Cave, where many centuries ago races of Light imprisoned Ancient Evil. The heroes exchange vows and share antique artifacts, then gather their armies and march to fight for the very survival of their race. They must unite against the Light or face extinction!

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Premium edition

Premium edition includes Dark Side Cookies bonus DLC that features:

  • Clot of Darkness amulet providing bonus to money and experience
  • Two additional locations
  • Over a dozen additional quests and a new unit

About the Game

Time has come to join the Dark Journey to the other side of Teana and visit a mysterious part of the world never before seen by royal bounty hunters.

For the first time in King’s Bounty series, players will be able to choose their hero’s race as well as class. Become a fearless Orcs warrior, lead and heal your troops as a Demoness, or use dark magic as a fearsome Vampire.

The world is in turmoil. After winning the battle of Tristrem, arrogant elves plunder Orcish villages, desecrate holy shrines, and massacre the innocents. Orc-Baghyr, the greatest living Orc warrior, is forced to flee with a handful of loyal followers. He vows to return with a stronger force and retake his homeland!

Armies of human knights invade the land of Atrixus. A young Demoness named Neoleene, still mourning the death of her royal father, and her small unit of devoted imps is all that stands in the way of the invading horde.

Castle of the ancient Morton clan is threatened by an army of vampire hunters. Young Daert leaves home to seek allies among the other Dark races. All must join him or perish.

Fates of the three heroes are sealed. They come together in the depths of the Black Cave, where many centuries ago races of Light imprisoned Ancient Evil. The heroes exchange vows and share antique artifacts, then gather their armies and march to fight for the very survival of their race. They must unite against the Light or face extinction!

  • New companion system (different companions for each character);
  • New battle companion;
  • New units, artifacts, and rage abilities;
  • Over 100 new quests and 15 new locations.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP (SP3 required), Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 2.6 GHz and better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 6600 with 128 Mb VRAM or similar AMD card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compliant
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80 of 84 people (95%) found this review helpful
1,766 products in account
36 reviews
72.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
King's Bounty: Dark Side (Early Access Version)

So, what´s the Dark Side all about? Mainly it´s a bit of a fresh take storywise (and therefore also regarding your troops), since you don´t play another boring good guy hero, but finally you can help the forces of darkness, which are being overwhelmed by their enemies, the supposedly heroes. Poor orc babies are slaughtered by mean elves, century old vampires are cowardly destroyed by slimy vampire hunters and the beautiful demons are driven from their lava pools by ugly human paladins.

So far so good or rather dark, now what´s in it, beside a real refreshing background story?

Firstly the engine is the same as in the other games of the series, so are many basic gameplay mechanisms. Therefore this game propably won´t appeal to people who are complaining about that KB series just repeats itself.

Also the "choosing" of your heroes race and class, is not as free as the marketing may claim. Basically you have your orc warrior, your Demoness "paladin" and your vampire sorcerer. Though they not only differentiate in their main skill tree, but also partly in story and even the companions you can get. So while you don´t have real free customization, the replayability is as good as never before imo.

Naturally there are also new rage skills, new units (some are real new units, some are variations of existing ones, for example the human traitors), many new item sets etc. A handy new feature is your own "base", where you have an amount of dark basic troops and a teleportation ability, which eliminates some grinding and extra ways. Furthermore you can and have to improve the base, steadily opening new options.

Since the game is still early access there are still some bugs in it, some unbalanced things and some quests which lack proper description (but knowing the series, maybe the last part will stay that way ;) ). Overall though i had a quite good and stable experience in my 30+ hours.

Conclusio: for fans of the series and/or for fans of a bit more dark (but extremly funny imo) scenario this game is a clear recommendation, for critics who want something totally new, this won´t be it.
Posted: June 4th, 2014
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37 of 43 people (86%) found this review helpful
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1 review
404.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I started playing today and haven't had problems with startup. It's running on my desktop and laptop. Cloud sync isn't working so I'm manually copying save folders.
So far, it's running as it's own standalone story without wading through the same game again.
The graphics are bright and flashy, so my desktop is lagging but I haven't had any crashes like I had with fighting Loki in WotN and with Advisors in Ice and Fire. I'm concurrently playing Ice and Fire and haven't had any Advisor crashes today. A coincidence or unexpected fix?
I'm only at level 2 playing a Demoness at Normal but I've already encountered new spells and units and I'm looking forward to more. I haven't found a Manual or Guide, so it's been learning by trial and error. Maybe it's too early in the release cycle to expect one.
They've also continued the vein of humor found in the newer releases. Nothing stupid, just enough to give anyone so inclined, like myself, the opportunity to appreciate it. I've wondered if it was just the translators doing it, but aside from the Snow Black visual pun in the logo, I've found an example early in the game itself. Not really a spoiler but stop reading if you care. <<Too many spider's eggs in WotN? Okay, here's your spider's eggs!>>
This is a must have for King's Bounty lovers.
Posted: May 18th, 2014
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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
5 products in account
1 review
96.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
After 22 hours of play, I must recommend this game to any Kings Bounty player. Unlike previous game (WoTN + Fire and Ice, which had too many improvements to player and his units and enemies were still at the same strength), this game seems difficult and thus challenging once again (currently playing war on impossible).
All previous King Bounties ended in using same units again and again, this one is played diffierent, because you have acces to evil units from the beginning.
I really enjoy story and quests - its funny to be evil.
I didnt encounter any game breaking bugs yet, just few minorly bugged items and quests. Just one thing I dont like - undergroud areas seem empty (few enemies, no buried or laying treasure, just running around empty caves), but I hope this is just unfinished yet and will be repaired in the full game.
Posted: May 26th, 2014
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
23 products in account
2 reviews
133.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Bought the game last night and played until 2:00am before I had to go to bed or fall asleep on the keyboard. Been playing it for about 5 hours today with no troubles. I think some of the areas are just not finished yet. I found a secret passage in a castle but couldn't go down the steps. There's also limited inventory in the shops and castles. Some castles don't have anything to start with but the one where I installed a new king did get inventory just not what I needed for my army.

I'm getting the idea that the game will differ slightly depending on the character you're playing. I'm playing the Demoness right now and she just got her companion. I do find it frustrating that I don't find any demon units other than at the shelter. I lost a key unit during a fight with a dragon and have yet to find someplace where I can get more. Probably one of those things that hasn't been fully completed yet.

I'm still pretty early in the game, though. Just headed to the third island. The only quest that really annoyed me is the one to deceive the castle guard on Monteville - or whatever the island name is, I dont' remember now. Other than that, so far, so good.

My only other complaints are probably things that wil be addressed as the game get closer to being finished. One would be that some of the initial areas and underground areas don't have maps for consulting. Don't know if they're just not done yet or if there won't be any. Another would be that I have people in my inventory that I don't know what to do with yet. I like that I get to take prisoners, I would just like to know what to do with them.

Really looking forward to seeing how the game will be completed and what extras will be there when its officially released. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is a King's Bounty fan and was disappointed with Warrior's of the North. This one seems to be in better shape before completion than Warrior's of the North is even now.
Posted: June 14th, 2014
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
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2 reviews
12.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Quest log could be a bit more detailed.
Fun so far, if you liked King's Bounty games this is worth a snag. It is nice to play demons/orcs/undead for once.

I cannot help comparing this to Warriors of the North + Ice and Fire......and in comparison the material here (after 4 hours) seems rather thin.
Posted: May 26th, 2014
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