The Kickstarter campaign for Hero’s Song is on with its studios, Pixelmage, hoping to gather around $800,000 so they may continue production. Former Sony Entertainment Online CEO, John Smedley broke away from the gaming titan to start his own company. Since October, 2015, there has been only silence.
Now, Smedley and the other eleven members of the team are presenting Hero’s Song, an open world RPG game that is made in a 2D pixel style. It looks simple and not very impressive in comparison with the high-end graphics of today’s video games. However, at its core, it could be potentially exciting and incredibly complex with its storyline and world.
In fact, one of the members of the team is bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss, known for his ‘The Name of The Wind’ fantasy novels. With creative storytelling and help, Smedley created a varied world with numerous options in terms of classes and races. According to the former Sony CEO, the game is a mix of Dwarf Fortress, Diablo III, and Ultima Online, with a couple of innovative aspects.
The pixel-art game’s charm will be rooted in its continually generated environment, bringing forward a ton of potential to replay the game even in single player. Each time, the world can be shifted in ideals and gods, with different events spanning thousands of years before the actual story. Based on player’s choices, specific races or classes will be in control, dominating and making the story a different experience each time.
The players will also be able to opt for multiplayer, with servers boasted to hold hundreds or thousands of them online. Each can create their own story, and the story will be a server. It will allow for incredible opportunities to enjoy player-generated worlds. And, if one’s character becomes legendary, they too can join the ranks of gods to be used by others. Your character could become part of another’s story and world.
According to Smedley, this is his attempt to create a “deep” game, far away from the superficial attempts of some modern titles. It’s also the first one to appear from his new company, so they’re in need of additional funding. With $1 million already raised from private investors, Pixelmage is looking for an additional $800,000 from prospective gamers.
Hero’s Song will cost $20 with no microtransactions, and promises to shower the players with constant updates so that their experience will forever be improved.
So far, the game has drawn over $52,000 with 29 days left to go on their Kickstarter page.
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