New RPG Game Hero’s Song Being Kickstarted by Ex-Sony Online Boss

By   /   Jan 19, 2016

After leaving Daybreak Studios little was heard of John Smedley, until now. He’s now looking for funding on a new roleplaying game known as Hero’s Song.

Looking at the Kickstarter page for Hero’s Song there is a big difference to this and the Early Access H1Z1 he previously worked on. Hopefully this will be less controversial that his efforts on the online survival game. Described as a 2D pixel art action RPG it will be built by John Smedley’s new company Pixelmage.

Looking at the list of 12 other staff that make part of the company, Smedley has hired many people who have worked on previous Sony Online Entertainment/Daybreak Studios titles. With the company having a history of working on Star Wars Galaxies, Planetside, EverQuest and H1Z1 they do have a history in the RPG genre.

In the press release sent out about the development of the game it’s revealed that the company has been in “stealth mode” since October 2015 working on the core elements of the game, and building a prototype. It also reveals that $1 million funding has already been found by private developers. The Kickstarter is to raise an additional $800k to finish the development with an eye to release the game October 2016.

As is usual with campaigns like this there are also stretch goals, with $1M bringing additional playable races to the game, and $1.3M bringing in an Advanced Housing System. At the time of writing 455 backers have pledged $21,614 with 29 days still to go.

It will be interesting to see if Hero’s Song finds the funding it needs, and what the final product will be. There is no doubt that Smedley can provide results, just hopefully without the lack of controversy he saw with H1Z1.

What are your thoughts on Hero’s Song? Will you be backing it? Let us know your thoughts below.

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