Those who have been following adventure games on Kickstarter as long as I have should be familiar with Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption by Lori and Corey Cole. It was a spiritual successor to their Quest for Glory series back during the days of Sierra On-Line. They had run a campaign at the tail end of 2012 and just barely managed to eke out their $400,000 funding goal. Two-and-a-half years later they’re returning with a second campaign to finish the game.
A lot has changed with regards to the first installment of the planned series of Hero-U games during this period of time, most notably in the art department. Last month they posted an announcement that the original 2.5D environments and characters have been updated to 3D. They’ve also released a combat prototype to backers.
Well, suffice it to say that they’ve pretty much run out of funds from both Kickstarter and their own savings and in order to release Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption and polish up the game they plan on running a second campaign on May 12, according to the latest blog post on their site. They would rather give the full experience than rushing it out before it’s ready. They’ll be asking for an additional $100,000 to finish it.
In addition to what I would assume to be the standard reward tiers (game, soundtrack, art book, etc) the Coles have announced that there will be swag unique to the new campaign for Hero-U. As well as a special “thank you” tier at $20 for those who backed the first time. Which includes everything at their planned $50 level.
So if you didn’t make it the first time around or would like to give again and get some of the new items, make sure to check back on May 12 when the second semester starts. I’ll be there in my cheerleader outfit.