Chivalry 2 is finally on Steam, and finally has horses

Chivalry 2's Epic Game Store exclusivity period has ended: The multiplayer medieval combat game released on Steam today. The free Tenosian Invasion update has rolled out for all platforms, too.

I was able to check out parts of that update last month. The new, Ottoman Empire-inspired Tenosia faction is nimbler and more academic than the warring Agathians to its north, and it brings horses into the game, finally, as well as a little gunpowder in one of the two new team objective maps.

In the first of those new maps, the Tenosians attacks an outpost controlled by the Mason Order, while the other sees Tenosia defend a Library of Alexandria stand-in from Mason retaliation. 

There are new deathmatch maps, too, but the most important addition, at least to me, is horses. Finally, the best multiplayer medieval combat game includes jousting.

If none of this 'Agathians' and 'Masons' and 'horses' stuff means anything to you, I promise that it barely matters. The factions fight over castles and muddy fields in a made-up historical land while parodying archetypes of medieval knights and peasants. Horses, meanwhile, are large mammals.

I've been a fan of Chivalry 2 since it released, and I hope the Steam launch brings in a new crowd. It's not the kind of game I'll return to weekly, or ever put Rocket League or Siege hours into, but it's a great way to kill an hour our two when I'm in the mood for hucking chickens at people and lopping arms off. Despite its silliness, Chivalry 2's combat is more than nuanced enough to be a competitive sport—I explain more in my review from last year.

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley during the '80s and '90s, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on early PCs. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now, and PS1 classic Bushido Blade (that's right: he had Bleem!). Tyler joined PC Gamer in 2011, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. His hobbies include amateur boxing and adding to his 1,200-plus hours in Rocket League.