John Smedley & Patrick Rothfuss Announce New Kickstarter Game — Hero’s Song

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Commentary

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If you’ve been following Sony Online Entertainment co-founder John Smedley‘s Twitter teases and wondering what he would be doing next, now we know…

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Comments (14)

  • Anaogi

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    What.

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  • Jak

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    FML…. This is the game that culminates years of MMORPG experience? Does it come with a one-button joystick?

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  • Loch

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    Oh look, yet another kickstarted game with random generated world maps. And it’s retro 2d! It’s like Smedley exists on a plane of existence 5 years behind our own.

    The only thing that has me absolutely baffled is how they got Patrick Rothfuss involved in this.

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    • Ashlyn

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      How? Money ^.^

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  • sono

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    this looks like shit the graphics look horrible the idea sounds terrible

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  • Antonia Bayle's bit on the side

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    It’s nice to see someone is making a game for the Atari 2600 after all these years though.

    Maybe it will have great gameplay, but looking as ancient as it does I just can’t bring myself to get excited about it, it all feels a bit ‘been there, done that’ to me, but I wish it well.

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    • Mizgamer62

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      Atari 2600 hehe…good one

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  • Mizgamer62

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    Wow…just…wow……

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  • Occam

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    Someone needs to coach Smed to blink every once in awhile.

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  • Sands

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    “Our games will have no microtransactions…”

    That sounds oddly familiar.

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  • somePerson

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    Looks like they brought out all the dino’s for this one :)

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  • Emmerich

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    Funding has now been Canceled for some reason.

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    • Feldon

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      It wasn’t going to hit the goal. Despite media saturation, it was just creeping along. Kickstarters are am odd thing and have predictable patterns. Either they start slow and then the word gets out and they go viral and surge at the end, or they start strong early. This one had slumped and showed no signs of picking up the pace after 10 days.

      One issue is, they went down the pixel art path. There are only a few artists in the world that can make low resolution art really stand out in a distinctive and attractive way. The art we saw for Hero’s Song didn’t just knock it out of the park in this reader’s opinion.

      I think they plan to regroup and try again.

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  • Hoot

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    Smedley took the last lifeboat off the sink SS SoE/DBG hoping to make gains elsewhere.

    Unfortunately it failed. Surprised he isn’t aware that pixel games market has been overly saturated in the past 7 years (thanks to Valve allowing anything on Steam). Maybe he hasn’t caught on to that.

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