Cosmic Star Heroine

No…more..Kickstarter…Oh, I just can't help myself anymore! Not one day after Mighty No. 9 wraps itself up and already another project worthy of your recognition has emerged its head.

This time, the culprit is Zeboyd Games asking for just $100,000 to fund its indie RPG Cosmic Star Heroine. The indie duo behind the Kickstarter campaign, Robert Boyd and Bill Stiernberg, is turning to classic 16-bit and early 32-bit JRPGs for inspiration, and they are touting Chrono Trigger as their biggest muse.

It might not sound too original since many have tried and failed with similar pitches, but stick with me for a minute. What sets these guys apart from most of the other Kickstarter campaigns looking to make their own RPGs influenced by their childhood favorites is that Zeboyd has already done it, four times in fact.

Breath of Death VII, Chuthlu Saves the Day, Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 and 4 have all been heralded for not only recapturing the look and feel of the olden days of the genre but also bringing them up to speed with faster pacing, less grinding, streamlined leveling up, and making the old feel fresh and new again. The reputation has made them the leader of the indie JRPG movement in America.

This Kickstarter is also worth mentioning because Zeboyd is refusing to do any stretch goals to make the game bigger than its original scope. Zeboyd has a chart, they have a budget, they don't want to get bogged down with more time and money, and they do not want to push back the release window of next December. Streamlined games are their specialty, and they want the production to flow just as smoothly.

Any and all extra money might be put into DLC content, which they will offer to anybody for free.

28 days remain. $65,600 of the requested $100,000 has already been raised. No stretch goals probably means that there will not be a lot of drama to this campaign, but these guys are the real deal. If it's not your kind of thing, at least give one of their other four games a try. The game will be coming to PC, Mac, and PlayStation 4 if it is funded.