Heroes of Ruin (3DS) Preview

We at Nintendo Scene do love a good RPG, and so we were excited to hear that Square Enix (who has become a sort of ambassador for the Japanese role-playing genre) are bringing out a brand new RPG adventure for the 3DS.

The story of Heroes of Ruin surrounds four mercenaries, teaming up to find a cure for the ruler of the city of Nexus, who has been taken ill by a deadly curse, threatening the peace of the city. Should they find a cure, the heroes will receive rewards beyond their wildest dreams. The four heroes each have different traits; The Vindicator carries a sword ‘capable of slicing through entire packs of enemies’, while The Savage uses his strength and fists to get past his obstacles, The Alchitect uses powerful spells unlike The Gunslinger who engages guns and dual-pistols to attack from afar.

In an early press statement, Lee Singleton from Square Enix’s London Studios clarified the 3DS exclusive features which Heroes of Ruin will utilise:

With HEROES OF RUIN we wanted to take the game experience beyond the confines of the console’s two screens. Nintendo 3DS’ online and social features allow us to do so much more than multiplayer, using both StreetPass™ and SpotPass™ to give players innovative ways of enhancing their experience.

The statement continued to describe these features in further detail:

HEROES OF RUIN uses StreetPass to create an inventive in-game ‘Traders’ Network’ where players can buy and sell rare and powerful items picked up in battle. With an ever-changing inventory updated from each player passed in public, character strengths and abilities can be greatly enhanced through accessing items from other players’ games. Outside of the game, HEROES OF RUIN makes use of SpotPass to reward players with rare one-off items or unique challenges through local wi-fi hotspots. The official HEROES OF RUIN community website will reward players further with daily challenges and quests available to complete in-game. With social media functionality, the site will also give players a platform to meet other gamers, swap ideas and items and team-up in-game.

HEROES OF RUIN challenges players to carve their own adventure, joining forces with other heroes through seamless drop-in/drop-out co-op multiplayer or venturing forth alone. Players will enter an ever-changing world where danger waits around every corner. Heroes can explore and fight through wild, varied and dynamic environments, discovering new layouts and routes each time they play. Packed with strange and deadly creatures, these dangerous lands will stretch players’ combat and tactical skills as they enhance their character, collecting loot, weapons and armour to empower them on their quest.

Currently Heroes of Ruin is seeing an early 2012 release, with no exact date as yet. While you wait, for what looks to be the most content and feature filled RPG on a handheld (ever?), check out this new trailer to see the game in action.

What do you think about nSpace’s new creation? Already adding it to your 3DS wish-list? You should be! Leave us your opinion in the comments section down below.

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