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Zeboyd's 16-bit JRPG-inspired Cosmic Star Heroine goes to Kickstarter

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The turn-based role-playing game inspired by classic Japanese titles like Chrono Trigger, Phantasy Star and Suikoden, Zeboyd Games' Cosmic Star Heroine, has turned to Kickstarter to fund its development.

The developer of Breath of Death 7 and Cthulhu Saves the World is seeking $100,000 to create Cosmic Star Heroine, which the developer says will feature "good old-fashioned classic turn-based RPG" gameplay with animated cutscenes reminiscent of the Sega CD and Turbo Duo era.

"I've been a fan of turn-based RPGs since I first played Dragon Warrior and the original Final Fantasy on the NES," Zeboyd co-owner Robert Boyd told Polygon in an interview this summer. "I love how RPGs combine adventurous stories, memorable characters, strategic combat, and character progression into one coherent whole. A good 8-bit or 16-bit RPG really draws you into its world in a way that you didn't see with other games of that era."

Cosmic Star Heroine stars Alyssa L'Salle, a galactic super-agent whose identity is exposed by her own government. She'll contend with a legion of fans while also facing "every villainous organization she's ever crossed in her career," according to the game's Kickstarter page.

Additional details about Cosmic Star Heroine's cast of characters, gameplay systems and soundtrack are available at Kickstarter and the Zeboyd Games website. The developer also provides a breakdown of its expected development costs, so backers can see where the $100,000 budget is going.

Cosmic Star Heroine is planned for release on PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Mac and Windows PC in December 2014.