I love this post so much. I grew up loving History, and anything to do with History, and when this DLC announcement came up I felt sort of disappointed the more I thought about it.
When I was pondering what Torn Banner was going to do with regards to a Chivalry Expansion, I thought about what The Elder Scrolls had done. They had new themes, new tones, and a large amount of content.
When it really came down to it, I thought Torn Banner would’ve commit to a real Expansion pack that might have focused on a different Era or time period. Draw inspiration from the Total War series, and maybe do an expansion on Feudal Japan, where the serene environments contrasted the violent nature of Samurai. Shogun 2 could have been a great reference even if nobody in-game would’ve ever honored duels, or single-combat.
Or maybe commit to an expansion based off the Romans, when they were at the height of power. I spent years watching documentaries on Romans, reading about them, and playing Rome: Total War only grew that passion. The Roman era had countless cultures, that could’ve changed the way Chivalry was played. The Romans fought “barbaric” Gauls, as well as other European Tribes, they fought Gladiator Rebellions, as well as Carthaginians, etc. The Greeks even existed, with their glorious Hoplites.
But the more I thought about it, the more I thought that maybe this was too good to be true. The idea of Deadliest Warrior: Chivalry seems a lot easier to develop, and milk.
Instead of having an immersive expansion pack (That I know Torn Banner can easily develop) based on earlier time periods, and committing to a realistic approach to ancient warfare, it feels (To me) like they’ve copped out.
That’s my stupid pointless rant. Maybe this new DLC won’t be so bad, and maybe I’m entirely wrong, but this is just the vibe I get when I see the trailer. When I imagine playing a spartan, I imagine being in their sandals, and fighting the enemies they fought, not fighting Samurai or Knights, or anything else. It just doesn’t feel immersive. :-|
Reading this post, I just notice how awesome it would’ve been had Torn Banner partnered with SEGA and Creative Assembly to make historically themed Chivalry games/expansions (under the name Total Warrior?)
Instead, they partnered with a non-factual show that claims to be factual on a TV channel for fratboys with foetal alcohol syndrome.