Cosmic Star Heroine coming to PlayStation 4, PS Vita
posted on 08.31.13 at 12:24 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Retro RPG inspired by Chrono Trigger, Phantasy Star, and Suikoden.

Cosmic Star Heroine, the next game from Cthulhu Saves the World developer Zeboyd Games, will launch for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita alongside PC and Mac in 2014, the two-man developer announced during a Sony event at PAX Prime in Seattle tonight.

The game is a retro sci-fi RPG inspired by Chrono Trigger (visual style, on-map battles, combo techniques), Phantasy Star (overall feel of the worlds and characters), and Suikoden (political intrigue, expandable player headquarters), lead designer Robert Boyd said on the PlayStation Blog.

It stars Alyssa L’Salle, a top agent of the galactic government who has saved the galaxy on multiple occasions. But when she discovers a dark conspiracy, her own government outs her as a legendary spy and the people’s champion. Now with hordes of adoring fans at her feet, every organization she’s ever crossed paths with are out for her blood.

Zeboyd will soon launch a Kickstarter to raise funds for the game’s development. PlayStation consumers can back a cross-buy PlayStation 4 and PS Vita tier for $10.

Watch the game’s opening video below.

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  • DreamDrop♥

    sci-fi RPG … Chrono Trigger … Phantasy Star … Suikoden

    I am in

  • Arcana Gear

    well they did make me interested in it, now i really expect that it’ll be good.

  • Yuri4prez

    Some gameplay couldn’t hurt,

  • Learii

    old school game?

  • Budgiecat

    Why is it so hard for Westerners to emulate Anime art

    • Willgaea

      Adam Warren is a champion.

      • Budgiecat

        eh not feelin it

        • gamelayer

          Me neither.
          Seems that most Western people don’t see how bad it looks. I’m glad that I’m not the only one.

        • Willgaea

          Fair enough.

    • jujubee88

      Why….does it matter? I for one like the art direction. Also, I know people who do awesome anime/manga art and I resent that on behalf of them! lolz

    • gamelayer

      They always fail. For some reason Westerners tend to make
      the character’s faces look bent and inconsistent.
      Adam Warren is a classic example.

    • ddsfan2

      I mostly agree, but I’ve seen far worse. In most cases, I think that the stylistic differences are deliberate. I wish that they would more closely imitate Japanese artists when doing anime, and not try to create their own style when it isn’t as good (especially considering that it isn’t a complicated art style to imitate).

      The game still looks ace to me though.

  • Willgaea

    Watch out for the sniper! Looks like a SNES game, which isn’t a bad thing.

    • TetsuyaHikari

      >Retro RPG inspired by Chrono Trigger
      >Looks like a SNES game

      • Willgaea

        Just because something is inspired by something, does not mean it has to look the same. One other thing the battles have not been shown yet only the battles in this game are inspired by Chrono Trigger. The overall feel of the world is inspired by Phantasy Star. They have only shown us a glimpse of the world, which does in fact look like Phantasy Star.

        My main point is you should have said “Phantasy Star” rather than Chrono Trigger.

        • TetsuyaHikari

          I never said they looked alike. I was merely pointing out the “retro” and “SNES” facts, which applies to this game :3

  • TetsuyaHikari

    Am I the only one that got a Policenauts/Snatcher vibe when the music first started? I also suddenly thought of Touhou when we first caught a glimpse of the girl because of her hair color and outfit (of course, her outfit actually looks a bit different than I thought it would later on, but still, lol), lol.

  • Zackasaur

    Hm, interesting! I’m always up for more JRPGs and the games they inspire.

  • Skerj

    The music. ..oh wait it’s Hyperduck, that explains a lot.

  • ExTrooperBrenTurner

    “inspired by Chrono Trigger, Phantasy Star and Suikoden”.
    That only means one thing : this game is being made by gamers for gamers. And I like that.

    • TetsuyaHikari

      Orrrrrr… It could mean the game is being made by someone who is going to butcher your childhood, lol. Wait until you see gameplay before deciding if you like that.

      • ExTrooperBrenTurner

        I was talking about the fact that the game is being made by gamers. That’s what I like.

        • TetsuyaHikari

          Yeah, because it’s not as if the fandom of video gaming has ever done wrong =3=

          There are PLENTY of gamers I’d never trust with creating a game because it would play out like a horrible flash game with a B-rate fanfic story.

          • ExTrooperBrenTurner

            Well, if a demo is available some time before they release the game, you’ll know for sure if it’s worth it.

  • TheExile285

    This looks like something I could get hyped for. Looking forward to seeing gameplay.

  • Elvick

    Wish their other games would come to PS Vita too. But I’ll take it.

  • jujubee88

    I’ve opened up the game slot of my VITA and tried to put money in it after seeing the trailer but nothing happened.

    Stupid thing.

  • gamelayer

    This looks terrible!
    Just look how bad that running animation is. It’s an insult to the Japanese to compare it to Chrono Trigger, Phantasy Star and Suikoden.

  • Rezar

    This is a great move and Zeboyd makes some pretty good games. You can find Zeboyd’s previous games Cthulhu Saves the World, Breath of Death VII and Penny Arcade Episodes 3 and 4 on Steam and the terrible Xbox Live Indie Games section for the Xbox 360.

  • Zero

    You know what? I think this has potential. I’m interested.

    • Kurisu Makise

      Right behind you, the nostalgia is strong in this one.

  • マッシュー

    When I read Suikoden for political intrigue, I drooled. I can’t wait to drop money on this and see more.