Following up their recent presentation at PSX, developer Zeboyd Games has confirmed Cosmic Star Heroine will not feature a hacking mini-game. Instead the team will continue working to complete the game and release a new beta build for backers.
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Cosmic Star Heroine is a Sci-Fi Japanese-styled RPG. The story follows elite super spy, Alyssa L’Salle who has had her identity revealed by the very government she served. Now every villainous organization she’s ever crossed is out to get her, but somebody still has to save the world.
Initially, the plan was for the game to include various hacking segments. These mini-games were teased in an update last February, but Zeboyd never provided many details about them. Described as a “work-in-progress,” both visually and mechanically, the idea ultimately didn’t fit with the rest of the game.
In their most recent update Zeboyd wrote that they had cut the mini-game from the final plan. Basically, the hacking mechanic actually interfered with the rhythm and flow of areas where it appeared, without adding much fun.
“We considered reworking the mini-game, but that would prolong development & we think the game is paced better without it,” the update explained.
Fortunately, this is only a minor set-back for the team. The developers were even able to salvage some of the hacking segment assets for other parts of the game. Backers were far more enthusiastic about the promise of the upcoming Platinum trophy for the Playstation build and Steam bonuses on PC.
Zeboyd noted that the game would not be completed this year, but was unable to estimate a release date. “We’re reluctant to give a specific date since we’ve missed past dates, but we’re hopeful that you won’t have to wait much later. As soon as we have a date, we’ll let you know.”