After leaving Sony Online Entertainment in summer 2015, in the wake of a clash with a hacker, former studio head John Smedley has announced he has been working on a new  project. He’s heading up a new game company called Pixelmage Games, which today (Tuesday 1/19) announced its first game, a 2D pixel art action RPG called Hero’s Song.

Pixelmage is co-funding the game on Kickstarter, asking for $800,000 to help the project become a reality. The developer has already raised $1 million from private investors. The $800,000, should it be raised, will be used to finish development on Hero’s Song.

“Our goal with Pixelmage Games is to make extremely deep and hardcore games in a beautiful pixel art style with an incredibly deep multiplayer experience” said John Smedley, CEO of Pixelmage Games. “We’re calling on the community to be a part of this project as we create a really unique game that we’re sure fantasy RPG fans will really enjoy.”

As the New York Times best selling author of The Name of the Wind and other epic fantasy novels, Patrick Rothfuss brings a lifetime of world building and narrative expertise that was added to the team at Pixelmage. “A lot of people don’t know that long before I tried to write a novel, I tried to write a computer game,” said Patrick Rothfuss.

“So when John asked me if I wanted to be a part of the project, I was flattered and excited. I’ve been playing games forever, and I know how stories work. This is a unique way for me to bring all my favorite things together. I’ve never done World building as part of a team before, and it’s a lot more fun than I’d anticipated. I’m excited to be able to show people what we’ve come up with.”

Players can become a hero in a world stuffed with magic, monsters, lore, and legends; there will be “endless dungeons” and ancient cities to explore, as well as treasure to discover. Additionally, Hero’s Song allows people to control their own server and “hundreds” of people can play at one time, Pixelmage said. The game changes for nearly everyone who plays it depending on your character type, race, and God you choose to rule over your people.

Pretty sure She’s not to be trifled with.

Also added to the Hero’s Song team is Veteran and prolific composer Inon Zur, whose recent credits include Fallout 4 and Dragon Age: Inquisition. He will be writing the score for Hero’s Song.

You can get a copy of the game, which is expected to release in full around October 2016, by pledging at least $25 to the Kickstarter campaign. There are plenty of other cool rewards for donating more but the $25 will score you a digital copy. Stay Tuned for more information about Hero’s Song here at Gamer Assault Weekly.


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John Donadio a.k.a. SomeBeardy2Love is the COO here at GAW. He once had a show that he produced, wrote, and co-hosted called the Wide World of Games, you can probably find it on youtube. He is also a co-host on a podcast called Party Up! John is an Action-Adventurer, platformer, RPGer, and FPS kind of gamer. Quick to play any game that has magic, swordplay, and/or stealthy elements. If you can customize a character he is in it for the long haul or just give me your 2D platform and he's a happy camper. What else do you expect from a gamer with a beard and a bow tie tattoo? Seriously.