20 Years of King’s Field

[Editor’s Note: This was originally written on December 16, 2014 (the date of KF’s anniversary), and posted on Tumblr. I’m reposting it here for archival purposes.]

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Today is the 20th anniversary of the King’s Field series. It was From Software’s first game, which is pretty impressive considering they were a bunch of newcomers, to make a fully polygonal game, something that hadn’t really been done, or at least not done a whole lot (DOOM II had only been released a few months before, for comparisons sake), and that the Sony Playstation had only been out roughly two weeks when King’s Field was released.

The original King’s Field was a Japan-only release. We would eventually get the three sequels in the West, but they went through the Final Fantasy style of numbering things (King’s Field II is called King’s Field, and King’s Field III is called King’s Field II. The fourth game avoided all of that by just calling itself King’s Field: The Ancient City). There is an English translation patch for the original game, as well as a remake for PC, that comes included with Sword of Moonlight, a tool for creating your own King’s Field games. Now us dirty foreigners can enjoy King’s Field alongside Japan.

We haven’t had any new KF titles since the fourth one was released back in 2001, but it’s not like From Software has forgotten the series or anything. A number of characters, weapons, monsters, and other references have appeared in From’s other games. Specifically, Demon’s Souls, as well as Dark Souls 1 and 2 (I may do another post on this). So while From is busy with the Souls series, and the upcoming Bloodborne, at least we know they haven’t abandoned their roots.

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