Kickin’ it with Zeboyd Games – Cosmic Star Heroine
If you’re an RPG fan you’re probably familiar with Zeboyd Games and their amazing catalog of indie RPGs like Breath of Death, Cthulhu Saves the World, and the Penny Arcade games. They’ve now taken to Kickstarter to fund their latest project, and we’ve had a chance to check out the campaign for Cosmic Star Heroine.
4cr: Time to start this Kickin’ it with! Care to introduce yourself to your readers?
Hi, I’m Robert Boyd. I’m one half of Zeboyd Games and do the general design, writing, and programming for our games. My partner is Bill Stiernberg and he handles the art, animation, and level designs.
4cr: Cosmic Star Heroine had already been teased for a while before the Kickstarter campaign went live, but there are definitely people out there that have no clue about the game or the campaign. What can you tell us about the main premise of Cosmic Star Heroine?
Cosmic Star Heroine is a 16-bit-esque Sci-Fi RPG for Windows, Mac, Linux, PS4, and Vita. It stars Alyssa L’Salle, a top secret agent for the Galactic Government, who uncovers a conspiracy, gets exposed to the public, and now has to save the galaxy once again.
4cr: Since the campaign exploded on day 1 and has already reached its main goal, are you considering any stretch goals as many other campaigns tend to do?
No plans for stretch goals. We think that promising a great game is enough of a responsibility to take on without promising additional things on top of that. Plus, it can be really difficult to gauge just how expensive those add-ons could end up costing.
4cr: Is that a no then for a version of Cosmic Star Heroine on Wii U or XBox?
We would like to do Wii U & Xbox One versions but if we do them, they will be after the initial launch.
4cr: One of the $350 tiers has a reward for a physical copy of the official Cosmic Star Heroine art book, and it also includes the rewards from the $75 tier. With this huge jump, what can people expect from the physical art book? Will it be a softcover or a hardcover? Do you have a tentative page count for it?
No details on the art book at this time. We’re going to try to make it as awesome as possible but keep in mind that you’re not buying these physical rewards – you’re making a donation and getting a thank you gift in exchange.
4cr: Who will be creating the Soundtrack for Cosmic Star Heroine?
Hyperduck will be doing the soundtrack. Among other things, they did the soundtrack for our last game, Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 4, and Dust: An Elysian Tail.
We want to thank Robert Boyd for taking the time to do this interview. Cosmic Star Heroine looks like it plays to the strengths of Zeboyd Games, and we’re looking forward to playing it next year when it comes out!