Indie RPG Cosmic Star Heroine Succeeds On Kickstarter
Zeboyd Games raised over $130,000 from 6,414 backers for its turn-based, sci-fi JRPG due in December 2014.
Zeboyd Games announced in August that their newest title would be coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, but turned to Kickstarter to raise the development funds. Cosmic Star Heroine is a retro, Japanese-style RPG. The game draws its inspiration from classic 1990s RPGs like Chrono Trigger and Suikoden. The story follows secret agent Alyssa L'Salle as she struggles to save the world after being revealed to her enemies by the galactic government. The Kickstarter campaign ended successfully today with $132,689 USD raised. Cosmic Star Heroine is scheduled for release in December 2014 for PC, Mac, PS4 and PS Vita.
Zeboyd Games launched the Kickstarter on October 1, and reached the $100,000 funding goal on October 13. The additional $32,689 raised will go to increasing the audio budget and hiring additional help for the game. The developers were cautious about over-funding and the campaign did not feature explicit stretch goals. "We don't know about you, but we hate it when [K]ickstarters get a lot more money than they expected, drastically increase the scope of the game, and end up pushing the release date back months or even years," says Zeboyd Games. For those who missed the Kickstarter but would like to support the project, Zeboyd Games expects to have an option up on its website in the near future.
Zeboyd Games' development blog provides updates and detailed development information about Cosmic Star Heroine. Zeboyd Games is the independent developer duo behind Cthulu Saves the World and Breath of Death VII, both parody RPGs available for PC. The developer also produced the final two installments in the Penny Arcade RPG series, Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 and Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 4.
While I love 90's JRPG's, I really don't like it when western people copy the style in 2013.
I've noticed that a lot of successful stars do heroin.
Too bad nobody wants to play as a female character, if they're smart they won't have her on the box art:P
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oh lovely, escapist promoting income discrimination.
I could of seen this project getting a bit more, but there was very little, if any, fanfare made about the project when they launched the kickstarter. Seriously, I only found out about the project six or so days ago, not by any news articles mind you (because there hasn't been any), but because I just so happened to look at the "discover projects" for the game section.
It's always a bloody shame when these kind of projects either fail or score low because of a painful lack of exposure. I was excited for the project since they announced while working on penny arcade 4, so finding out about it as late as I did really saddened me. They make awesome, funny games and this project deserved a lot more.
Actually I'm pretty much just sad that we won't be getting another game from them for over a year:(
I've enjoyed all there games so far....every one was well worth the cost...and I hate that it's going to be so long till the next one. Perhaps it just seems like the others came out faster to me, but it's been awhile since Precipice 4, and now we have over a year more to wait before we get another game.
Kickstarter or not...I just am bummed that it's going to take so long.