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Quest for Glory creators crowdfunding tuition to Hero-U

There's really never been anything quite like Quest for Glory, so leave it to original series creators Lori and Corey Cole to step in and fill the void.  Continuing the flood of acclaimed Golden Age game designers returning to the fold, the Coles have launched a Kickstarter campaign for their ambitious new project, Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption.

In Hero-U, a young would-be thief named Shawn O'Conner leaves his rough upbringing behind to attend the titular school, a place that "tries to teach young adventurers to be heroes. Shawn can continue his quest to join the Thieves' Guild, or he can strive to become a Rogue Hero. He has a lot to learn to succeed at either path."

If you were never quite sure whether Quest for Glory was more an adventure game or RPG, it seems you'll be just as unsure about Hero-U. As the "spiritual successor" to QFG, the new game promises to combine "classic RPG skills and combat with the rich character relationships of Persona, and the story and puzzles of Quest for Glory in a single challenging game experience."

Hero-U is played from a pseudo-top-down perspective filled with "traps, obstacles, and enemies for you to overcome as you explore the school and the ancient catacombs beneath it." Combat is tactical and turn-based, not a test of reflexes, while skill-building and decision-making affect how the story plays out, allowing gamers to tailor the experience the way they want to play.

Before anyone has the chance to fight some monsters, however, there's a fight to get the game made to contend with first. The Coles have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund Hero-U, seeking $400,000 by November 20th. The tentative plan is to complete the game by fall 2013 if the target goal is met. As usual, pledge rewards vary by tier, including $20 for a DRM-free download of the game and higher levels that include the likes of soundtracks and artbooks, a boxed DVD version, early access to "Beta and Combat Balancing Tests", and a Hero-U Yearbook, among others.

To contribute a donation or simply learn more about the game, check out the developers' Kickstarter page and visit the official Hero-U website.

Community Comments

Latest comments (6 total)

The Art in the the test dungeon is just placeholder art, NOT the real thing…

Also, with regards to concerns about this being “too” RPG…the Coles say this

“One concern that we’ve seen raised on many adventure game forums is that Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption will be too much of a role-playing game and not enough of an adventure game.

The short answer is, ‘Adventure gamers – You are going to LOVE Hero-U!’

When we created the Quest for Glory series, people raised exactly the same questions.  Our first hybrid game was named Adventure Game of the Year by Computer Gaming World…strange for a game that many considered to be a CRPG…  It worked – We ended up with a game that was both an Adventure and a CRPG. We’re doing it again with Hero-U: “

Oct 25, 2012

I enjoyed QFG but this project doesnt interest me. I guess mostly because of the “pseudo-top-down perspective” and the general graphic presentation of the game. It just doesnt feel like a QFG spiritual successor.

Oct 25, 2012

Hmm, for some reason this project does not interest me at all. It seems like an extremely “Dungeons and Dragons nerdy” game. Don’t get me wrong, I actually like RPG games, but this one really seem too off. It also does not feel similar to the QFG games either. The promotion video is also very lame, and does not really sell the project. Too bad.

Oct 23, 2012

“Looks (and sounds) like a fairly straightforward RPG to me.”

Sadly, yes Frown
Would love to see something like QfG again.
But this looks like 99% RPG with (maybe) adventure characteristics somewhere.
Don´t like the choose style.
If it would look more like the shown concep arts (and again, more like QfG) I would give hundreds of $s.
But good look with the campain (while I´m playing the best of the series (QfG3) again) :-)

Oct 22, 2012

No, the fact that the Coles are calling it a spiritual successor to QFG is what warrants coverage. They should know best. And anyone who’s played those games know they’re more than straightforward RPGs.

Oct 20, 2012
A.A

Looks (and sounds) like a fairly straightforward RPG to me.

Still, I guess the people making the game means it warrants coverage on adventure gamers, no?

Good luck to ‘em, anyhow. Suspect it should do quite well. From what I’ve observed, RPG’s tend to be able to attract more kickstarter backers than their adventure counterparts.

Oct 19, 2012
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