Hegemone Pass, an interesting looking 2D Stealth-based JRPG, has just landed on Kickstarter. It takes place in a setting based on the Underworld of Greek mythology. The game is built largely around an alert mechanic that sounds very similar to something out of Metal Gear Solid. You can check it out in the trailer below.
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.
Hegemone Pass is expected to release sometime in June 2020. Those eager to try the game now can check out the Demo that launched alongside the Kickstarter campaign. The final product is expected to be available on PC, Linux, and if the stretch goal is reached, the Switch.
So far Hegemone Pass looks like a fun, interesting, and unique game. We will definitely continue to follow its development. And should it release as planned, we hope to try the full game for ourselves next Summer.
Brian Cowan loves playing video games, football, Magic, and pretty much anything else that he can use as an excuse to waste time. When he is not doing the above or working, he is usually writing or reading.