Quest for Glory creators to Kickstart new project
Corey and Lori Cole get back in the hero business
Hold onto your 90s nostalgia, everybody – original Quest for Glory creators Corey and Lori Cole have announced they’re making a new game. A new adventure game. A new adventure game that even sounds a bit like Quest for Glory. My spine has the tingles, although that could just be the cold, pitiless gaze of the Black Bird on the shelf behind me. What Black Bird? Oh, I’ve said too much.
“We had been getting letters from fans saying, ‘If you want to do a new game, say the word and I’ll open up my checkbook and write you a $1,000 check right now,’” Corey Cole told Mashable. “And what’s happened is a lot of the people who were kids and teenagers when the Quest for Glory series came out are now in their 30s and making a good living, and they’re saying, ‘You know, we love your games, and it’s a shame that you’re not fitting into the industry in a way that allows you to make them. We’d like to support it.’”
And how can they do that? With Kickstarter, of course.
“Kickstarter is a way of bringing people together in one place. It’s a way of publicising it: Yes we’re doing an indie project and you can be a part of it,” said Corey.
The new game is something called Hero-U, which according to the official website “combines turn-based, tactical combat and dungeon exploration with rich character interactions, challenging puzzles, and an immersive story.” Much like Telltale’s recent Sam & Max and Monkey Island reboots, Hero-U will be launched as an episodic series.
“In each game, you’ll take on the role of a particular wannabe hero who’s attending the university and is in there for different reasons. You have a real story line, and we can do a lot more detailed writing because we know who you are,” Corey explained. “Our first game is about a rogue, Shawn O’Conner — a character who has a backstory that we know a lot about, but the player will gradually discover during the course of the game. He’s kind of an unwilling first-year student at Hero U.”
The game’s Kickstarter campaign will get going on 19 October with a planned target of $400,000-450,000. Watch this space.