Kay is a young man whose major claim to fame is that he’s the latest king in the royal lineage of Ascalia. As the scion of House Loren, he’s arrived in Ascalia to claim his birthright. Unfortunately, this legacy doesn’t quite live up to the fairy tale – all that he’s really got going for him is a dusty family castle, a realm that’s even more run-down than the castle, and a whole bunch of debt left by his ancestors. Not the most auspicious beginning…
Welcome to the colorful and quirky world of Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs. In this hand-drawn adventure being crafted by the folks at Pixelated Milk in Poland, players will take on the role of Kay as he goes about trying to fix up his dilapidated kingdom. He’s joined in this at the outset by his sisters, the cheerful Elaine and the lofty Gwendolyn, along with his sworn protector, the stoic knight Griffith. As the game progresses, other characters will swear fealty to the good-natured young king and join his crusade to restore Ascalia to its former glory, as he goes about exploring and finding friends in the outlands known as the Rashytil Expanse.
The developers note that Regalia is “a love letter to the classic JRPG” genre, calling it “a combination of Disgaea and Persona.” It is expected to feature tactical battles and a large, diverse cast of characters who interact not only with the player character, but also with each other in ambient scenes. Kay will need to not only conquer his enemies, but raise funds and gather resources with which to improve the castle and the city-state of Ascalia.
Kay needs to become acquainted with everyone who lives within his dominion, and each inhabitant of Ascalia comes equipped with their own minor storyline to pursue in order to unlock a variety of bonuses. He will also be introduced to the six factions which exist within Rashytil Expanse, such as the dwarves and the elves, and can improve his diplomatic standing with any three of them – though no matter which three he ultimately makes his allies, the other three will become his enemies. Kay (and the player) will walk a tightrope of diplomacy, judgment, and warcraft.
Regalia is being developed for PC; the developers hope to port it to PS Vita as well. It has already been Greenlit on Steam. To finance the remaining stages of development, Pixelated Milk has taken the game to Kickstarter, where they are already within sight of their base goal. With several days yet to go as of this writing, they hope to unlock a few of their stretch goals, such as the “Ghastly Grimoire” – a mysterious book which provides a gateway to bonus adventures and quests. Those interested in bearing the crown of Ascalia should keep an eye on the Kickstarter page, as well as the developer blog and the game’s Facebook page.