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author: Bart Swiatek

Andrzej Sapkowski and CDP RED - Inspirations of Kingdom Come Devs

During gamescom 2019 our editor had the opportunity to talk to Tobias Stolz-Zwilling from Warhorse Studios. One of the topis that appeared in the discussion were the developers' inspirations during their work on Kingdom Come: Deliverance. It turns out that the artists looked at, among others, the works of Andrzej Sapkowski.

Deweloperzy z Warhorse Studios szukali inspiracji w polskiej twórczości. - Andrzej Sapkowski i CD Projekt RED - źródła inspiracji autorów Kingdom Come Deliverance - wiadomość - 2019-08-25
Developers from Warhorse Studios were looking for inspiration in Polish literature.

IN A NUTSHELL:

  1. One of the sources of inspiration for their work on Kingdom Come: Deliverance was Andrzej Sapkowski's prose - above all the Hussite trilogy;
  2. According to Daniel Vavra, Sapkowski did a great job describing the Hussite wars;
  3. The works of CD Projekt RED were also closely examined.

During gamescom 2019 in Cologne, the editor of gamepressure interviewed Tobias Stolz-Zwilling from Warhorse Studios. One of the topics during the conversation was of the devs' main sources of inspiration for their work on Kingdom Come: Deliverance. It turns out that the works of Andrzej Sapkowski - especially the so-called Hussite trilogy (Narrenturm, Warriors of God and Lux perpetua) - have been closely examined.

"Dan Vavra claims that no one described the Hussite wars better than Sapkowski, even though he added some fantastic elements - he perfectly conveyed the atmosphere, places, standards of living. It certainly influenced the final picture of the game," said Tobias Stolz-Zwilling.

Geralt of Rivia's adventures were also a source of inspiration. The co-founder of the studio, Daniel Vávra, is a big fan of CDPR's The Witcher . Hence the numerous easter eggs and references to the Polish title (e.g. Roach, kelpie or the nest with a dead horse, which refers to the first quest we receive in the White Orchard).

His (Varva's – ed. note) favorite quest was the Bloody Baron, he liked the formula of a long, complex quest," we read further in the interview.

The developers hope that Warhorse Studios will follow the same path as the Polish company. They want their next project to be a breakthrough in the vein of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

"(...) that's really good that we have… say, a basis, and think of it like The Witcher 1 and 2 – maybe our game was like The Witcher 1 and 2 combined, in terms of success. So let's hope the next game is even bigger," Stolz-Zwilling said .

Kingdom Come: Deliverance was released on February 13, 2018 on PCs, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

  1. Kingdom Come: Deliverance - official website
  2. Kingdom Come: Deliverance - game guide
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