“Hughes of Payans, the first Grand Master of the Knights Templar, had originally been initiated into the Gnostic tradition from his grandfather Thibault de Payens le Maure de Gardille- who was a Moorish Sufi. The Moorish Sufi tradition of Hugh De Payan’s family is the reason why his original Blazon was composed of three Moor’s heads, which represented his family line. (Payans, or Payens, is the same as “Pagani” in early Italian).” - Timothy Hogan, from The Way of the Templar: A Manual for the Modern Knight Templar
Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey for the installation of 14 Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath, with her uncle, Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester and Great Master of the Order of the Bath. October 29, 1964.
NIS America bringing Grand Kingdom to North America and Europe ⊟
Grand Kingdom is a PS4/Vita tactical RPG directed by the same person who directed Vanillaware’s Grand Knights History, but developed by MonoChro rather than Vanillaware. Grand Knights History’s localization was cancelled, but this spiritual sequel thing is totally coming out here this summer, thanks to NISA!
After the fall of the once-prosperous Uldein Empire over one hundred years ago, the Four Great Nations now wage war to claim dominion over the Resonail continent. Battles are no longer fought by honorable knights loyal to a nation, but by mercenaries who sell their services to the highest bidder.
As the leader of a mercenary squad, the player will lead their troops across a battle-scarred continent, overcoming obstacles and adversaries as they complete quests doled out by each nation. In doing so, they will unravel the mystery behind the downfall of a mighty empire.
If there was any doubt that Spike Chunsoft’s Grand Kingdom game for the PS4/Vita looked a bunch like Grand Knight History, this trailer certainly makes it clear as day.
The combat looks a ways more complex, but the overall style of the game (board game-like overworld, fighting in a giant online war, etc) is extremely similar.
Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing! Grand Knight History was a wonderful little game with a neat gimmick, and if Grand Kingdom can repeat that same quirkiness, I’d be more than happy to join the party.