Trine dev Frozenbyte announces Has-Been Heroes

Did Frozenbyte stop to think of me when it described its new project as "a game of strategy and action with a roguelike twist"? Did it heck. What genre am I supposed to lump Has-Been Heroes in, given the aforementioned genre-mingling nugget? I've settled on 'RPG', but it doesn't feel quite right. I mean, just look at this:

Frozenbyte made the Trine series, of course, but Has-Been Heroes seems veeeery different to that 2.5D fantasy platform game. It's two-dimensional, for one thing. It also looks a little like Darkest Dungeon, but with grimness swapped for comedy; darkness swapped for piles of colour, and who knows, maybe such a mixture will taste just right.

It's due out sometime in March, but before that, here's the game's wacky backstory:

"Embark on an epic journey with the Has-Been Heroes, a group of legendary champions once celebrated throughout the kingdom for their heroic deeds - they have killed rats, rescued a prince, fought wars, slain a dragon... The kingdom prospered and peace prevailed. Legends grew old, and stories faded. The heroes weren't needed.

"But then, after years of peace, the King has one more quest, a quest so important he can only trust to his epic band of heroes, the toughest and bravest in all the kingdom. A quest of epic proportions... TO TAKE THE TWIN PRINCESSES TO SCHOOL!"

Those heroes, by the way, will include the "young and eager Rogue", the "tall-telling Bard, the Anthropologist turned Mexican Wrestler, the diamond-seeking Dwarf, the ever-vigilant and paranoid Sheikh, and many more".

Tom Sykes

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.