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Steam welcomes text-only adventure games with Heroes Rise series

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Heroes Rise, an epic interactive novel series and set of text adventure games, is now available on Steam, developer Choice of Games announced.

Heroes Rise is made of up Heroes Rise: The Prodigy and Heroes Rise: The Hero Project, each of which is available for a sale price of $1.99 each. Together, the interactive novels total more than 277,000 words, while players will read more than 50,000 words in a single playthrough. Choices players make in the game control the story.

"The games are entirely text-based-without graphics or sound effects-and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination," co-founder Dan Fabulich wrote.

According to Choice of Games, Heroes Rise must "do well" in order to make more interactive fiction games available on Steam. This includes the third installment of the series, Heroes Rise: Herofall, which will be released later this summer.

"We've committed to making it available on Steam, allowing Steam players to finish the trilogy on the platform of your choice," Fabulich wrote.

"After that, we'd love to bring our entire catalog to Steam, But much of that depends on Valve, and how many copies of Heroes Rise we can sell this summer. If Heroes Rise flops, we might be the first and last interactive fiction we can get on Steam."

Both games are available on Steam now for Linux, Mac and Windows PC. Visual novels, which typically involve animation stills and voice acting, are already available on the platform. Zoe Quinn's Depression Quest, an interactive fiction game, was Greenlit by the community.

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