We here at the two-man development studio known as Zeboyd Games are pleased to announce that our next RPG, Cosmic Star Heroine, will be coming out on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita next year! And to go along with that announcement, here’s our Sega-CD-inspired opening video for the game! Enjoy!
A very special thanks to Dean Dodrill (Dust: An Elysian Tail) who helped out with effects and animation, as well as Chris Geehan and Dan Byrne-McCullough over at Hyperduck (who did the music for our last RPG) for helping make that video go to 11! And of course, our own Bill Stiernberg who handled the brunt of the work!
Cosmic Star Heroine is our latest attempt to recapture the feel of some of the classic RPGs of the ’90s while putting our own unique spin on the whole experience. Inspired by games like Chrono Trigger (visual style, on-map battles, combo techniques), the Phantasy Star series (overall feel of the worlds & characters), and the Suikoden series (political intrigue, expandable player headquarters), we can’t wait to share Cosmic Star Heroine with you!
So who is the titular Cosmic Star Heroine?
Meet Alyssa L’Salle! She’s one of the galactic government’s top agents and has saved the galaxy more than once! But when she accidentally uncovers a dark conspiracy, her own government outs her as a legendary spy and the people’s champion! Sure, now she has hordes of adoring fans but every villainous organisation she’s ever crossed in her career knows who she is and is out for her blood! Can she save the day once more while she faces her greatest challenge… Everyone!?
But she won’t have to go it alone! No, she’ll be leading this bizarre group of “heroes” into battle.
We’ve made several RPGs in the past (Cthulhu Saves the World, Breath of Death VII, Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 & 4), but we’re really stepping up our ambition with Cosmic Star Heroine. A deeper story, meticulously balanced turn-based gameplay, a brain-melting soundtrack from Hyperduck, glorious 16-bit-esque 2D pixel art, and much, much more await you!
And that means we need your help! We’ll be running a Kickstarter later this month to raise needed development funds to make Cosmic Star Heroine the best “Shoulda been released in the ’90s” RPG ever! And thanks to the good people at Sony (Hi Shane!), we’ll be able to offer Cross-Buy (buy once, get both versions!) PS4/Vita PSN codes for the game at the low, low reward tier of $10! And of course, there’ll be plenty of other cool rewards if you choose to donate more!
Look forward to more news, screenshots, and the Cosmic Star Heroine Kickstarter in the coming weeks! And in the meantime, feel free to ask us questions in the comments!