Following his departure from Daybreak Games this past summer, former Sony president, John Smedley, has unveiled a new studio called Pixelmage Games. As part of the company’s launch, Smedley has debuted a Kickstarter for its first game, Hero’s Song.
“Create epic fantasy worlds uniquely shaped by your choices, the power of the gods, and thousands of years of history. Become a legendary hero in a dangerous and mysterious world of magic and monsters. Explore endless dungeons and ancient cities in long forgotten lands in search of knowledge, treasure, and the power of the gods!”
While explaining gameplay details, the company stated:
“Hero’s Song uses the familiar click-to-move and attack controls of classic action RPGs like Diablo III or Path of Exile. Combat takes a more measured pace, giving you time to react to the intelligent tactics of your enemies and to thoughtfully deploy your wide variety of skills and abilities.
“True to its ‘hardcore nature,’ combat in Hero’s Song is dangerous and has very real consequences including th echagnes of permanent death. Friendly fire is always defaulted to ‘on,’ so positioning and precision are very important considerations. Death will come quickly if you think this is a simple clickfest.”
Also noting how Heros Song is different from any other RPG, Pixelmage wrote:
“First and foremost our world creation is designed to create a believable fantasy world complete with geography and a history that actually impacts gameplay by actually changing the world itself and determining those races, classes and Gods that will be available. Our goal is to make a fantasy world that feels believable. That’s a very different game than making a story driven RPG. In Hero’s Song, the story is actually yours as you adventure through this particular world. This is open world sandbox gaming through and through.”
The game is set to debut in October 2016 and will have two versions. The regular version will be $19.99 and the Collector’s Edition, which will include the soundtrack by Inon Zur, a digital strategy guide and wallpaper pack, will be $49.99.
Hero’s Song Kickstarter is set to close on February 18th.
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