Frozenbyte have announced that their upcoming roguelike strategy game Has-Been Heroes will be launching later in March. Here’s what it’s all about.
Has-Been Heroes has been one of the most prominent indies announced for Nintendo Switch, and now it has a release date, to boot. Although it won’t be a launch game for Nintendo’s latest, it will arrive within the launch month. Has-Been Heroes releases on 28 March across all the platforms it has been announced for: PC, Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The game itself is a roguelike and the gameplay has been described as a cross between action and strategy, and involves a combination of turn-based and real-time strategy. The key here seems to be combining spells and items to form combos that will wipe out all the monstrous and ghoulish baddies.
Being a roguelike, Has-Been Heroes has perma-death. Expect to die over and over in your quest, but also expect death to (literally) come bearing gifts that might make your next playthrough smoother. Frozenbyte promises over 30 hours of gameplay, and “new story layers” added with each playthrough.
As for the story, the game puts you in control of a band of (has-been) heroes who have been tasked with escorting twin princesses to a magic academy. The heroes come from a range of backgrounds and must combine their strengths to take down the evil monsters sent out by the Great Ghoul.
Has-Been Heroes comes from Frozenbyte, who themselves come from frozen and frostbitten Finland. They’re best known for making the Trine trilogy of games, although they also made Shadowgrounds and Shadwen. Apart from Has-Been Heroes, they’re expecting to release another game this year: a twin-stick, co-op wizard shooter called Nine Parchments. GameTrust appears to be helping with publishing duties across all platforms.