NSW Hegemone Pass - Downloadable demo

Although it's not in stone yet, Hegemone Pass might come over to the Nintendo Switch. Even if it doesn't, there's always this free downloadable demo to keep you busy.

The stealth JRPG, Hegemone Pass, has launched on Kickstarter alongside a downloadable demo. Hunt your citizens or be hunted, this 2D side scrolling JRPG emphasizes stealth in both exploration and battle, and is being developed for Windows, Linux and possibly Switch.

You are the Queen of the Underworld, Persephone, and your entire kingdom, the Underworld, has been taken over by the goddess Demeter after she stole your Supreme Title. Without the title, you are powerless, and Stealth dictates whether you live or fall. When exploring, the on-field enemy encounters won't just dash at you when they spot you: they will pray for help, summoning the Hunt: enemies will swarm, their power increasing based on how much time is left on the alert, and nearby reinforcements will jump into your fights.

Detected or not, you'll be battling in turn-based battles, and for both allies and foes, one of each is designated as the Leader: eliminating them is the key to victory! However, Leaders activate their "Title", empowering their allies or oppressing their foes. Lastly, the Leader status can also be passed around from ally to ally with the titular technique "Hegemone Pass", activating a new ally's "Title". When hunted, enemy titles are boosted based on the remaining time, making any encounter a potentially deadly one. To survive such encounters, eliminating the enemy Leader is your top priority.

A demo, containing a "pilot" styled story and showcasing a sample of the game's mechanics, is available for download. The funds raised on Kickstarter will be used to work full-time on the game's development, and pay for music that will be composed by Paradoxigent. The finished game is planned for a June 2020 release.

Download the demo at http://hegemonepass.com/demo-download/

People willing to support the developer can do so on Kickstarter.

Key Features:

  • A JRPG with Stealth: Fighting while undetected is safer and lets you gain more EXP. But if they spot you, they'll trigger "the Hunt", making enemies more powerful, encounters more dangerous, and nearby enemies will join the fight. Non-Stealth play is also possible with a 'Hubris' alert state, where enemies flee from you after being defeated too many times during a Hunt.
  • Take the Leader, Raise the Hegemone: Simply eliminate the enemy leader to win! Use your Leader's title to empower allies or oppress foes. Switch Leaders using the titular "Hegemone Pass" technique to activate their leader title and change the tide of battle.
  • Contest the Fight: When ally and foe are supposed to act at the same time, they'll act indefinitely unless one hits the other with a non-resisted attack. Exploit this by negating enemy turns or eliminate their strong by contesting with their weak!
  • Equip Flowers & Powers: Equip multiple flowers with synchronizing colours and brightness levels to gain techniques and more stat increases and find Persephone's missing powers like walking on lava or emitting shockwaves, opening up new possibilities on the field.
  • Mythological Setting, Colourful Cast: Humans, gods and monsters all populate this unique take on the Underworld, featuring simple but adorable character sprite art. The story is a complete deviation of the original myth with unique plot events.
Posted on 13-05-2019 by Dennis

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