New York based indie developer Digital Continue has quite an interesting game on its hands. A fun take on the MMO genre and then turning it on its head in a way, Next Up Hero will have you fighting and dying along with players all over the world. The studio has a hefty resume: Joe Tringali, founder and owner of 5TH Cell which brought us Scribblenauts and the Drawn to Life franchises; Bobby Pavlock, whose previous credits include Metroid Prime 3; and David Franco, composer at 5TH Cell, are just some of the members of this fantastic team.

There’s doesn’t seem to be any drawing this time around, but there’s plenty of characters to choose from when delivering KOs and takedowns. From the beta video uploaded in early July, the variety of characters isn’t limited to designs. Stats like attack, speed, defence, health, abilities, titans and weapons will vary from character to character. Don’t get too attached though as everyone dies:

“When you die, you’ll leave behind an Echo of your hero on the battlefield. The next hero in line will be able to resurrect your Echo as an AI battle companion. Take turns continuing each other’s games, fighting and dying with friends until you have an entire army of Echoes by your side. Everyone dies. Heroes continue.”

Slated for early 2018 on the Nintendo Switch, the game will first debut on Steam for PC in 2017 and is currently an Early Access Game on the site. You have a few months to work through your gaming collection until you come across Next Up Hero, a game where dying isn’t a game over.

 

 

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Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)

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