Developer n-Space (Geist, TRON: Evolution – Battle Grids) sent RPG hearts aflutter late last week when it posted (and quickly retracted) teaser images on its Facebook book for a brand new 3DS game called Heroes of Ruin; a title which had been registered by none other than Square Enix back in April. As it turns out, this sneak peak wasn't so much a leak on n-Space's part as much as it was a precursor to Square Enix's official announcement, which dropped today along with game details and this less-than-revealing teaser trailer:
Heroes of Ruin will star a band of 'unlikely heroes' (are they ever 'likely'?) who combine their skills to seek out and destroy the source of a curse which threatens to kill the ruler of a city named Nexus. The title will focus on co-operative gameplay, and wield the handheld's StreetPass function to access an online 'Traders Network' wherein players can swap inventory items with other 3DS adventurers. Heroes of Ruin is also said to be launching with an online community featuring daily challenges and extra goodies; all of which will be accessible for download via the 3DS's SpotPass feature.
“The 3DS is a great new console. We were excited to make a game specifically for it that makes use of its great connectivity and social features,” said George Wright, the Square Enix producer on Heroes of Ruin, in a chat with IGN. “Heroes of Ruin combines elements from action adventure and action RPG games. It takes inspiration from a wide range of games, including Western and Japanese adventure games, but it also brings its own take on the genre.”
Heroes of Ruin is being developed by n-Space under Square Enix's watch, and is due to launch in early 2012. For an early preview, try printing out duplicates of these screenshots and holding them up to your eyeballs at varying distances (that's how 3D works, right?).
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