The team at Zeboyd Games have taken to Kickstarter to help in the development of their next retro-inspired RPG, and that game—Cosmic Star Heroine—is showing strength right out of the gate.
While some indie developers look to the crowdsource-funding site to assist in launching their first foray into game creation, Zeboyd Games is no stranger to projects like Cosmic Star Heroine. The team hit the scene in 2010 with Breath of Death VII: The Beginning; while the game initially looked and felt like an old-school 8-bit title, its presentation at times almost betrayed its gameplay. There were a lot of really forward-thinking, modern-era ideas tucked away in Breath of Death‘s appreciation for nostalgia, so much so that I found elements of what it did to be more polished and progressive than even some of the biggest RPG titles of recent years.
From there, the duo of Robert Boyd and Bill Stiernberg went on to produce Cthulhu Saves the World, which—in part—helped thm land the role of crafting the final two chapters of Penny Arcade’s On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness saga.
While their roster of past releases gives me faith in Cosmic Star Heroine, it’s another element that really sealed my interest when the game was first unveiled: its homage to Sega’s classic Phantasy Star. The original tale of the Algol system served as my introduction to console RPGs, and it was also one of gaming’s first moments of featuring not only a leading heroine, but also one that had a aura of strength and respectability to her. Cosmic Star Heroine looks to repeat that with its protagonist Alyssa L’Salle, a skilled government agent whose name even takes a bit of inspiration from Phantasy Star‘s Alisa Landale.
Cosmic Star Heroine‘s Kickstarter campaign kicked off just two days ago, yet has already reached a little over $65,000 along the road to its goal of $100,000.
“Cosmic Star Heroine is our most ambitious project to-date,” the team at Zeboyd write in answering the question of why they’ve taken the project to Kickstarter. “If we were funding it purely based on our personal savings & residual royalties from our previous games, we’d have to make serious cuts to the scope & polish of the game. By coming to Kickstarter, we’ll be able to deliver the awesome game we’re picturing in our minds while hopefully being able to involve the community more in the game-making process.”
If all goes well, the game is set for release in December 2014 for PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita. Any money that’s raised from the Kickstarter campaign will be added to whatever funds were already available for the project earned from their past games—and the team promised that, should the Kickstarter end up over-funded, they won’t let an increase in ambition push the project later than that date.
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