Manor Lords is arguably the most anticipated building strategy game of 2020, 2021 as well as 2022 and after years of waiting, you’ll soon be able to download the first playable demo and dive into arguably the most realistic medieval experience since Kingdom Come Deliverance.
What’s coming? Manor Lords has been in development for years. And only under the leadership of one man. And with him as the designer. And with him as the programmer. And with him as sound designer. And… You get the idea. Manor Lords is developed by a one-man team, and you can’t tell by looking at the build-up game. Rarely has the Middle Ages been so realistic and detailed to the touch. “Hands-on” is also the keyword, because Manor Lords will get a first playable demo for the upcoming Steam Next Fest, and we’ll tell you what to expect now.
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Manor Lords gets demo – When what & how can you play?
When does Steam Next launch? If you’re just like author and medieval-ultra Kevin Willing and can’t wait to finally play Manor Lords, we have good news: the Steam Next fest starts already on October 03 at 19:00 and ends on October 10, 2022, so you can spend a whole week in the demo of Manor Lords.
What can you play? The first demo of Manor Lords probably doesn’t offer enough content for a whole week. As with most demos of building games, you can experience the start of the game, build your first houses and, with a bit of luck, send your first small force into battle. However, we can’t say for sure exactly what game mechanics await you in Manor Lords.
What makes Manor Lords so special?
What captivates me most about Manor Lords is the realistic visuals. The detailed work processes that your peasants, soldiers, and craftsmen perform are also impressive. Each house is raised plank by plank by the carpenters, and the fields form realistic shapes and borders. Yes, I’m pleased to see plants overgrowing the edges of a field.
Then there are the impressive seasonal changes or the trade and expansion of your little kingdom. Because in Manor Lords, it doesn’t stop at the one settlement and the one map. Instead, you’ll be virtually forced to open up to the outside world for trade or to take the lands you want. War plays a bigger role in Manor Lords than it does in Banished. We don’t want to compare it to Total War, but the mechanics are similar:
You deploy your army and command them on the battlefield from a bird’s eye view. Your soldiers then march in formation towards the enemy lines and start beating the heads off their shoulders. But losses in battle hit you even more after the war has ended. A farmer you use for your expansion no longer cultivates a field that spring. If the pawn falls in battle, you better have a spare bench pawn up your sleeve. Someone has to be able to cultivate free land again.
Oh, we could say many more words about Manor Lords…. Wait, we already have! In this article, we’ve broken down each gameplay element of Manor Lords in detail and give a concrete preview of what you can expect: Manor Lords Developer Update: New City Building, Bigger Wars & Start of Alpha Test