Diablincoln: Second Chance Heroes Fuses ARPGs, History

Yep, that's Queen Elizabeth, Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc, and Napoleon chainsawing zombies in some kind of disco mansion. What else would it be?

Second Chance Heroes looks like an aggressively silly thing. The basic idea is that modern society has made us terrible at everything, so when, like, 12 different apocalypses strike, we have to clone long-dead historical heroes to clean up our mess of irradiated alien fast food zombots. The game takes the form of a Diablo-esque ARPG, but with a billion outlandish locations and ridiculous characters to unlock. Yes, it probably screams, “LOOK AT ME, I AM GOOFY WARBLE WARBLE MOO” a little too loudly, but at this stage, I’m still definitely willing to give it the benefit of the doubt. Trailer with just the right amount of Abraham Lincoln after the break.

So yes, it looks like a fairly standard ARPG mechanics-wise, but with an unrelentingly colorful “everything and the kitchen sink” approach to, er, everything. You have to respect a game that holds nothing back, and goodness, Second Chance Heroes definitely fits the bill.

“Second Chance Heroes is a cooperative action RPG that takes place in a world overrun by apocalyptic disasters! Made weak by over-exposure to kitten videos, reality TV and ironic photos of bacon, the citizens of the modern world are entirely unprepared when the end of the world arrives! Unable to save ourselves from evil robots, nuclear missiles, sentient fast food, alien invasions and hordes of the undead, our only hope lies in the past. Put together a dream team of cloned heroes drawn from throughout human history and use them to push back the apocalyptic tide! Or don’t and just let the zombie chickens eat your face.”

Obvious standouts from the trailer include Joan of Arc, Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon, and Queen Elizabeth I, but that’s just the tip of a single iceberg afloat in a sea of madness. Also, the whole game’s co-op, so you won’t simply be hoarding history’s finest minds for whatever other reason people do that.

Developer Rocket City Studios is about to kick off a closed beta, and you can sign up using this form that’s under the eternal vigilance of an undead chicken. The full game’s set to launch sometime this summer, so gird your anachronism glands. Gird them until the sight of Lincoln wielding a bullet-gurgling minigun is no more foreign to you than your own reflection or your Lincoln-hat-clad Fallout 3 character wielding a bullet-gurgling minigun.


  1. RedViv says:

    Ooooh, we’re all for the Queen with the chaingun. Isn’t that right, Nursie?

  2. Esteis says:

    Tantalizingly, 1:07 shows us the remaining heroes’ silhouettes without telling us their (role) names. I think they might call #2 The Cowboy, and #6 might be a Czar; what else is in there? Is #5 a prophet or a pharao, or a woman wielding a snake thrown in specifically to baffle us?

    • RedViv says:

      One has a huge weapon with COILS. So I would guess those are TESLA COILS. THE COILS OF NIKOLA TESLA!

      I’m 99% sure, based on the Really Weird History theme, that the lady with the snake staff will be the last pharaoh.

      Rotor guy, obviously Leonardo.

    • Terribleperson says:

      Seconded on Tesla. The guy next to Abe on the right will almost certainly be DaVinci given the mini heli blades. I hope the orator in slot 4 is Socrates, but perhaps Shakespeare? and I really hope the woman with the walker is Rosa Parks. Bus Drivers beware!

    • Bhazor says:

      I’m guessing propellar head is Da Vinci and I’d be incredibly surprised if the chick with a snake isn’t Cleopatra.

    • Esteis says:

      Chap with the wooden leg is bound to a pirate of some sort, although the only peg-legged one Wikipedia had for me is one François le Clerc. Unless he’s a conquistador. The big bloke in the middle might be an Mesoamerican warrior; possibly Aztec, if they’re going for the obvious? The man with the upraised arm could be holding a quill, which wouldd probably make him The Bard; or it could be a chicken drumstick, which would make him an enigma.

      But who is the woman with the walking aid?

      • The Random One says:

        Chicken drumstick? Obviously it’s 19th century Portugal emperor Dom João VI.

  3. Ultra Superior says:


    • Geewhizbatman says:

      Oh my yes. Disgustingly Decadent. Unabashedly Baroque. Overtly Opulant!

      *waves fan—but then places it near the heart?! Scandal!*

  4. golem09 says:

    The Queen. – Nice!
    The Presidnet. – Been waiting for that, go on.
    The Emperor. – There are bad guys here? Don’t tell me the next guy is The Fuhrer. But hah, that would be something.
    The Saint. – Phew

    • ercoo says:

      If Nappy is a “bad guy” then every country with an expansionist history would be “bad guys” during that period of time. The British Empire, Sweden, Denmark and so on have had such periods.

      If there is a Samurai or a Cowboy, would you call them “bad guys” for massacring native people and taking their lands?

      • Bhazor says:

        I like how Dan Carlin summed it up talking about Alexander the Great and whether he was worse than Hitler.

        • Arglebargle says:

          Carlin’s full of shit there. Which is probably what he wanted to stir up with that video.

          He even acknowledges that Alexander didn’t behave that differently from his peers. His behavior wasn’t that aberrant from the mores of the time.

          His final point about ‘grading on the curve’ and future’s view of such things are probably his real topic.

  5. Bhazor says:

    That really really really really really really looks like a half hearted Torchlight 2 mod.

  6. newprince says:

    Mr. Show already did this! link to youtube.com

  7. Convolvulus says:

    Because the studio is based in Huntsville, Alabama, I’m going to assume it comprises kids who decided they didn’t want to leave Space Camp and built a secret city inside a hollowed out Saturn V rocket. Also, they have a comical robot that has learned how to love.

  8. Bhale7 says:

    Looks like it’s at least worth a shot… hopefully the game can keep the humor consistent with the characters.

    My stab at some of the other characters:

    -4th from the left: Shakespeare
    -Old lady with walker: Mother Teresa
    -Peg-legged pirate: Sir Francis Drake (even though he had both legs)
    -Middle-right: Ghengis Kahn

    No idea on the others…

  9. Yglorba says:

    Why did they give Lincoln a chainsaw? He was a boxer in real life, so I’d think that that would be a natural fit.

  10. Zagra says:

    Hmmm… I wonder if the 7th hero is some kind of Aztec or Mayan warrior. He does seem to be holding twin macuahuitls. Moctezuma? Cuauhtemoc? Would love that kind of stuff.