The next game in the Kingdom series is set to tap into the vibes of Stranger Things and 80s ‘kids save the day’ films with Kingdom Eighties: Summer of Greed. The game will be coming to all of the “coolest platforms” later this year, Raw Fury has stated. We expect that to mean PlayStation, Xbox, Switch and PC, but it could feasibly also include the Commodore 64 or Atari Lynx
Kingdom Eighties will see you playing as a group of local kids from a small middle-American town, fighting back against the series’ long-running enemies, the Greed. Where the previous games would cast you as the ruler of a burgeoning town or kingdom, riding around on the back of a horse and throwing money at peasants, Kingdom Eighties pops you onto a BMX and has your kid riding back and forth on the side-scrolling map.
Here’s the blurb about the new game and setting:
Everyone knows the coolest decade was the 1980’s, right? The coolest cartoons, the coolest movies, the coolest TV shows. And Kingdom is the coolest indie strategy series out there. So, how about we put all that cool stuff together… Kingdom Eighties is a newly developed game within the popular Kingdom-series and will surprise experienced players, newcomers to the series, as well as anyone that remembers sitting around in their pajamas on a Saturday morning in front of the television.
The most recent game in the series, Kingdom Two Crowns, came out in December 2018, and we thoroughly enjoyed how it took the original game’s concept and continued to build and expand on it. In our Kingdom Two Crowns review, Tom said:
“Kingdom Two Crowns feels more like an extensive update than a new entry to the series, but the base game is still so immensely enjoyable that it doesn’t really matter. This is the perfect starting point for new players, and those who are returning might still be surprised by some of the secrets to be found.”
That was the third game in the series, with Raw Fury taking the franchise in house from original developer Nojo. It mixed up certain elements of the game’s mechanics, building in a deeper progression system and then being supported with new biomes and time periods through DLC. It’s safe to say that Kingdom Eighties will be a much bigger departure from the original theme than those, though.
Source: press release