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So What is Hero-U?

Along the south coast of Marete to the east of Silmaria, there stands a great sprawling castle built in ancient times when demonic creatures sought to dominate Gloriana. Long abandoned, the castle was greatly feared by the people of Silmaria. There were rumors of hauntings, curses, and a great Evil buried within its rocky walls.

Over the years, a few desperate and foolhardy souls dared to explore dark towers and musty hallways in search of forgotten treasures. Even fewer returned; they whispered of eldritch horrors best left buried beneath the ancient stones. The castle’s grim silhouette upon the cliffs warns us that there are dangers in this world that mere mortals are not prepared to face.

So what better place than this to build a University for Heroes?

Besides, the rent was cheap.

The Game’s the Thing

Meeps, oh my!Hero-U is a role-playing adventure game. The player takes on the role of a student learning to be a Hero. In Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption, that student is Shawn O’Conner, a young man who at first seems to be anything but a hero.

One doesn’t just wander around an ancient, possibly haunted, castle and expect to have an easy time of it. Shawn must learn and practice Rogue and combat skills, then use them to survive. “Hack and Slash” won’t cut it for a Rogue. Shawn must outwit and outmaneuver the creatures that lurk within the ancient dungeons, caverns, and catacombs.

Hero-U is not a random “dungeon crawl”. In Rogue to Redemption, Shawn will learn what it means to be a Hero and the player must choose for him whether he will become one. The player’s choices will determine not only Shawn’s fate, but that of the University and possibly all of Gloriana. Whatever.


Hero-U is Not Quest for Glory

In many ways, Hero-U is similar to our previous Quest for Glory games. Both mix adventure and role-playing game play. Both emphasize an involving story and complex characters. Both provide epic events, daring deeds, and occasional humor.

However, Hero-U has its own unique look and feel. This is not a Sierra On-line game remake. You will not play a nameless hero haplessly wandering through the world, pestered by people who need your help. Shawn will do what he wants to do. If he wants to do someone a favor, it is because he figures that person will be useful to him later. If he wants to unleash nameless horrors of destruction upon the world, well, hey, that’s his business.

Are You Ready to Rogue?

There is danger and intrigue within the hallowed halls of Hero-U. Danger? Ha! Rogues laugh in the face… well, actually, they sneak up behind danger and bop it in the head, then run really, really fast.


  1. Jeremy Murdoch Says:

    This is excellent. I am so happy to see progress on this new game.

    While Quest for Glory was a spectacular game series, I am ready to start a new adventure. Shawn sounds like an interesting character, and I’m sure his classmates will hold just as much intrigue.

    It’s refreshing to see that this can take place in the same world as QfG. I can’t wait to see what lies ahead – or maybe I should say, beneath.

  2. James StarRunner Says:

    What about a starving wet meep whom also stubbed its toe?

  3. Lori Says:

    Just don’t dip a meep mop on a stick into a bucket of water. There’s nothing madder than a wet meep.

  4. Joseph Austin Says:

    Lori, I’ve found that the best way to make a meep into a mop… a moop … is to tie a big juicy apple to one end of a long stiack and shove it at them. If you tie it down well enough, the meep will be so firmly attached that they won’t even notice that they’re making your floor sparkle. They tend to be mad when they do figure it out though, so I recommend a second stick.

  5. Lori Says:

    Well, the Evil Meep ran off to Albion or some other distant land, to the relief of both Master von Urwald and the Famous Adventurer. Sad to say though, Evil Meep’s apprentice, Mastermind Meep, still haunts the halls of the school to make lives interesting for faculty and students.

    On the other hand, Meeps make great dust mops as long as you avoid the teeth.

  6. Darla the Paladin Says:

    The Quest for Glory series is probably the best gaming experience I have ever had in my life. A combination of “right time, right message, right medium” led it to become a huge influence in my development and personality. By that I don’t mean that I pun frequently or have the irresistible urge to mindlessly repeat tasks in a futile attempt to improve my skill (although imagine how far I could have gone had I better mastered “Practice Violin”!).

    But what I remember first and foremost about the games is that they helped to reinforce the beliefs of helping other people and standing up for what you believe. And, of course, they were FUN. Which is why they worked so well as an instrument for social change. (Bwahahahaha? Ahem…)

    Although I still have a soft spot for Quest for Glory, I am very much looking forward to seeing Hero-U unfold in a new and exciting direction. I know that it will be crafted with all the thought and excellence that it is possible to inject into a game. I am slightly concerned about the presence of those dastardly meeps (who knows what will happen!?!?) but trust that all will work out for the best.

  7. Wayland Says:

    Very interesting. If you can be selfish, I want an ending where you take over the school! :)

  8. Lori Says:

    Yay, Richard. Believe me, there will be a lot to read in Hero-U. Maybe we can inspire a new generation to learn English the fun way.

  9. Richard Says:

    I grew up with the first Hero’s Quest, it taught me the basics of english. I’m super excited to see what you come up with!

  10. Lori Says:

    Heh, Mike, we appreciate the offer. When we worked for Legend Entertainment, it was in our contract to have a lawyer joke in our manual. Professional courtesy, clearly :-)

  11. Mike Says:

    Copyright law and trademark law allow for quite a bit of leeway, despite how aggressively big media producers have worked to police new media. If the coles get sued for any of this, I’d be happy to volunteer my time as an attorney to fight right back… assuming my likeness can be worked into a game somewhere.

  12. Ashton Herrmann Says:

    Ah, Activison, the company every gamer loves to hate (except the Blizzard half that somehow retains some semblance of its creative independence). I’m glad to hear that their rights to the lore of Gloriana are limited at best. I’m also very glad, Corey, to hear your confidence in making a better game than QFG. In all these years, I have yet to find a game that I consider better, but if anyone could do it, it would be the Coles and Co..

  13. Corey Says:

    Actually Activision owns exactly two things:
    1. Trademarks on the names “Quest for Glory” and the individual QG game subtitles
    2. Copyright of the actual content in the games.

    They do not own trademarks on any of the game characters or locations. We can use Gloriana, Silmaria, Marete, and so on as all of these predate our work at Sierra and are in any case not trademarked.

    That said, we are sensitive about our obligations and will go out of our way to avoid infringing on the trademarks Activision actually owns. We also want to make sure our new games are very distinct from the work we did at Sierra. We’ve moved on, and learned more about game design. We can do even better this time!

  14. James StarRunner Says:

    That’s right, it will be on Marete. It’s actually a Greek name. I don’t pretend to know what can or can’t be used without breaking copyright laws…

    But I do know there will be no lointaurs or katta. There will be a katta-like race and perhaps a vague mention of characters we know.

  15. RoyMartin Says:

    Well, according to the blog post, Hero-U is in Marete, east of Silmaria. But maybe Gloriana is never mentioned, I thought Activision had the rights as well.

    No matter where the game is set, I’m still very much looking forward to it.

  16. James StarRunner Says:

    Sorry guys, this will not be in Gloriana. There may be some easter eggs alluding to some Quest for Glory things, but it’s not in Gloriana. The licence for Quest for Glory is owned by Activision. There will be a lot of similarities though.

  17. RoyMartin Says:

    So it will actually be set in Gloriana? So cool! Any references to Spielburg, Tarna or other lands will be greatly appreciated :)

    I also like that you’re very clear about this not being a Sierra On-Line game. Though I’m thrilled it’s set in Gloriana, I’m also very ready to experience a completely new and different Coles-game.

  18. Joseph Austin Says:

    Hoo, very exciting teaser! Loving the meeps and the art, this should be quite an exciting kickstarter campaign.

    Actually James, I’m getting the impression that it will be a more linear story than the imported cause-effect sort of thing QFG did (and later, that Mass Effect did, as the gaming world collectively gasped at their originality.) I could be wrong but I’m getting the sense that a very specific story is being planned here.

  19. Ashton Herrmann Says:

    Wow, this post really made my day. Knowing the details of who we will be playing as and where our adventure will take place makes a world of difference in how I envision the game. I am really excited to see how the RPG elements will combine with adventure elements, and especially excited to see how modern these elements will be.

    I am also just really stoked to return to Gloriana.

  20. James StarRunner Says:

    Oh, if you hear of any other buildings with cheap rent, let me know! I don’t mind having a noisy ghoul in the basement.

    Sounds like you guys are going to have some serious consequences to various actions you do in game. It will be quite interesting to see what transpires, especially if there will be a sequel to import our files over.

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