Kingdom Two Crowns was already one of the most promising mobile titles of 2020, so the surprise news of a major update set to arrive at launch has made the wait all the more challenging.

The update will be free and offers an all-new setting to explore. The dark, creepy, mystical Dead Lands are said to change how you'll rule your kingdom and overcome the game's primary antagonist, the Greed.

For the first time ever, you'll be able to hop between four distinct monarchs as you go about expanding your kingdom. Each of these guys comes with their own unique power and trait, and – perhaps most interestingly – they all hail from Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.

You can expect to play as Shardbinder Miriam, demon hunter Zangetsu, summoner Gebel, and alchemist Alfred.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night was veteran developer Koji Igarashi and ArtPlay's spiritual successor to the Castlevania series. Following a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign and years of hype, the game launched last June to almost universal acclaim.

Dead Lands' impressive cover art was drawn by ArtPlay's very own Mana Ikeda, who you may know also created the original cover art for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.

For me, this is easily one of the neatest video game crossovers to appear in some time. While Ritual of the Night didn't blow me away, I can totally see its gothic atmosphere and aesthetic working wonderfully with Kingdom.

As I say, Dead Lands will be a free update that's set to arrive on April 28th alongside Kingdom Two Crowns for iOS and Android. You'll find it available for pre-order on the App Store and pre-registration on Google Play. It'll be a premium title priced at $8.99.

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