Zeboyd Games, the folks who redeemed one of the world's greatest monsters in Cthulhu Saves The World and revived the Penny Arcade Adventures, have announced that their next retro-styled RPG is coming this summer. Cosmic Star Heroine [official site] is an intergalactic RPG about a space-super-spy on the lam, and Zeboyd namechecked inspirations like Chrono Trigger and Phantasy Star when they Kickstarted it in 2013. It won't be long until we see how it's worked out but, for now, we can have a peek in a new trailer:
Not bad, yeah? Those are the adventures of Alyssa L'Salle, a top space-spy who stumbles across a conspiracy and is exposed by the government. Which means the public now know who's been foiling all the space-baddies, but so do the baddies.
Zeboyd spit out this feature list, which I feel deserves more exclamation marks:
"Gorgeous pixel art. 3 exotic planets to explore. 11 colorful characters to lead into battle with hundreds of abilities to master. More than 100 minutes of amazing music from HyperDuck Soundworks (Dust: An Elysian Tail). An innovative turn-based battle system. Aliens. Robots. Magic. Forbidden technology. Ruined Worlds. Ghosts. Long-lost secrets. Conspiracies. A galactic threat. And one brave heroine to make things right."
"Aliens! Robots! Magic!" is the sort of nonsense I'd go for with my 'endearing' abuse of the English language, pretending words soar from my lips like birdsong on the summer breeze rather than slam to the ground like tombstones.
Cosmic Star Heroine will cost $14.99 when it arrives this summer. At the time of its Kickstarter, Zeboyd planned to launch the game in 2014 but hey, better finished than not, yeah? The plan, last I heard, has been for Mac and Linux versions as well as ye olde Windows.
I'll only show you this half-hour of old gameplay footage if you promise - proper pinky swear - to understand that it was from an early alpha version back in 2014 and a lot could have changed since then. I... can't see if you've pressing your pinky to your screen like I am, but I'll assume you are. A bond is made. Don't think I won't collect - a gory necklace of broken pinky swears is v. 'in' this summer.