After repeated delays for various reasons, German developer Deck 13 Interactive’s Blood Knights might finally have its real release window in sight, according to a press release from the game’s new publisher, Kobalt Games. Blood Knights, which will be the first release under the newly formed Kobalt Games label, is now scheduled for a Q4 2013 release, meaning it could potentially arrive on XBLA as soon as next week.
For Deck 13’s hack-n-slash title, it’s been a long and winding road to release. Originally announced in July of 2012, the co-op vampire-hunting game was first planned for an October 31, 2012 release. Unfortunately for those looking forward to Blood Knights, Halloween 2012 came and went without a word from Deck 13 or its thenpublisher, DTP Entertainment.
The game’s developer took to its official Facebook page a couple weeks later to reveal that Blood Knights was still coming and would arrive in December 2012. “We are sorry to announce that the release date for Blood Knights has been delayed until December,” wrote a Deck 13 representative. “Keep your seats, sceptics… [sic] as this is due to legal negotiations which has [sic] taken us longer than we planned.”
It wasn’t until after Christmas that Deck 13 released a new trailer for the game that revealed it would, unsurprisingly, not be hitting its December 2012 window. However, a seemingly concrete release date of February 20, 2013 was announced at that time. And then nothing happened for a long, long time.
Actually, something did happen: Hamburg, Germany-based DTP Entertainment, which XBLA gamers likely remember best as the publisher behind Awesomenauts, went bankrupt.
No price was mentioned for Blood Knights in yesterday’s press release. The now-defunct DTP Entertainment announced the game to be a $15 release way back in August of 2012, but there’s no telling at this time whether or not that price will hold true when the game releases later this year.
Kobalt Games, which is part of the Kalypso Media Group, will focus on releasing games at “a mid-price level with a maximum price of £24.99, €29.99, $29.99,” meaning its plenty possible that Blood Knights will still be released at its original $15 price. XBLAFans has reached out to Kalypso Media in regards to Blood Knights‘ final price and will update this story should a response be issued.
Source: Kalypso Media