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E3 multiplayer trailer for Heroes of Ruin. This game isn’t set to release in Europe until June 15 and in the U.S. until July 17, but we’ll be able to sample it with a demo.

Square Enix will release a trial for the Diablo-style dungeon crawler in Europe tomorrow (hopefully in the U.S. too?), complete with four-player local and online co-op. I’m pretty sure that’s a first for demos on the eShop!

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Square Enix has delayed Heroes of Ruin’s North American release by three weeks to July 17, which is bad news for people anxious to play a Diablo-style online dungeon crawler on a portable. It’s unclear what brought on the delay, seeing as it’s still releasing in the UK on June 15.

It’s not all bad news, though — the n-Space-developed game has been discounted on Amazon temporarily for $29.99, meaning that those who have already preordered it or who reserve it now can save $10 on it. Amazon did the same thing with Theatrhythm a couple days ago, but the price went back up to $39.99 before we noticed. At least the people who had preordered it previously received the discount automatically, too.

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Another minute and a half of Heroes of Ruin for that ass. I appreciate n-Space and Square Enix putting out a steady stream of these clips, but I wish we’d see more of the character customization and other non-combat stuff, instead of another three dozen one-second clips of dudes hitting each other. Basically, I want more of this.

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Heroes of Ruin's portable online multiplayer dungeon crawling is something I've wanted for a while now, especially after experiencing a bit of Diablo III’s open beta this weekend. I mean, Diablo III really looks levels above Heroes of Ruin, but this looks like the closest thing we’ll get to that kind of game for a while, if not years.

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Heroes of Ruin looks more polished in this new video for the hack’n slash 3DS game’s Alchitect class — there’s little slowdown or other problems people noticed in early clips.

I am still a little concerned that this game will have trouble standing out from similar dungeon crawlers like Diablo and Torchlight, but it’s not like there are many other handheld titles that promise this kind of experience with four-player online co-op.

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If you want to survive in Heroes of Ruin… you need to make sure your character looks fresh. You can’t be walking into dungeons wearing an Izod sweater and some British Knights. Why would you wear these things?

This class and customization trailer shows off how you can personalize your character with different gear in the action RPG. You can make your Gunslinger look like Roland of Gilead, or style your lion warrior dude after Ron Perlman in the Beauty and the Beast live action series.

 Is anyone even getting these stupid references?

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First Heroes of Ruin gameplay trailer. Finally, footage of the game in motion! Unfortunately, not everyone’s happy with it, as there seems to be concerns over the choppy framerate and small number of onscreen enemies.

This four-player, online co-op action RPG isn’t due to ship until the first quarter of 2012, so n-Space still has a lot of time to work on it. Also, there are enemies that look like motherfuckin’ Street Sharks. Street Sharks!

I embedded the German trailer here, but you can watch a lower-quality version with English text here.

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It’s rare to see third-party companies put a lot of work into fostering a community for their portable games, even less so for titles 6+ months away from launching, but n-Space and Square Enix are working hard to build up hype for online/co-op action RPG Heroes of Ruin.

The site they’ve launched — which they promise to update nearly every day — has more than you’ll find at most hubs for DS/3DS games. Even in its initial phase (with more phases on the way), the site already has active forums, a contest for a custom 3DS, and an XP system that promises unspecified bonuses for user participation.

Yesterday, n-Space also launched an informative podcast that has British dudes talking about Heroes of Ruin's difficulty scaling (based on number and level of players), Borderlands-esque loot randomization, and Pat Benatar.

Now all we need is a gameplay trailer! There’s a blurry, shaky-cam video making the rounds, but it does a poor job of showing what the game looks like in motion.

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Custom Heroes of Ruin 3DS featuring an elephant gray shell and branding from n-Space’s Torchlight-esque action RPG (with four-player online co-op!).
To mark the launch of the game’s official site, n-Space announced a contest to give away this one-off system to a random person who registers at the community page and fills in an entry form before July 31st.
When we last talked about this promising title, connectivity features with the online hub were mentioned:

"[The] 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.”

So, if you plan on picking this up, you’ll probably want to register at the Heroes of Ruin site anyway!
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[Thanks, Ray!]

Custom Heroes of Ruin 3DS featuring an elephant gray shell and branding from n-Space’s Torchlight-esque action RPG (with four-player online co-op!).

To mark the launch of the game’s official site, n-Space announced a contest to give away this one-off system to a random person who registers at the community page and fills in an entry form before July 31st.

When we last talked about this promising title, connectivity features with the online hub were mentioned:

"[The] 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.”

So, if you plan on picking this up, you’ll probably want to register at the Heroes of Ruin site anyway!

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[Thanks, Ray!]

Heroes of Ruin: Torchlight-esque dungeon crawler for 3DS releasing in early 2012

After days of nothing to go on save a teaser image and fragments of info, we now have in-game screenshots and a proper description for Heroes of Ruin:

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.”

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Heroes of Ruin promises four-player co-op, impressive online features for 3DS

Though n-Space didn’t reveal much about Heroes of Ruin when it teased the 3DS project yesterday — in fact, the developer removed all mentions of the game from its Facebook page, presumably due to pressure from publisher Square Enix — we do have more info thanks to an article in the latest issue of Nintendo Power.

As the initial artwork suggests, this will be a four-player co-op game in which you take on the role of a mercenary, whose weapons, armor, and class abilities you can customize as you progress. From the initial details, Heroes of Ruin sounds like an action title?

It can be difficult getting four people with 3DSes and copies of the game together in one place, but you won’t have to worry about that because this will have drop-in/drop-out online multiplayer support with voice chat. Heroes of Ruin will also have downloadable content via SpotPass (e.g. daily challenges).

This already sounds off the heezy for sheezy, my reezies (readers). Now I just can’t wait to see some in-game screenshots and videos. And more hints that this will have an urban fantasy tone similar to Shadowrun.

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[Via Handheld Gaming Blog]

Heroes of Ruin, a new game coming to 3DS from Square Enix and n-Space (Geist, Call of Duty DS games).
So far, the only news released about the game is the scant info above and this artwork. So, we know there’s a huge beastly guy with tusks strapped to his wrists, a sword-wielding cat warrior, a redhead elven-looking lady, and The Hood from Marvel Comics.
JC speculates that this could be “a Gauntlet thing,” some sort of co-op dungeon crawler. I was inclined to agree, but then someone on GAF said he’s getting “a Shadowrun vibe”, and my excitement broke free from the iron chains holding it down for years — a measure meant to protect it from the disappointment that always comes.
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[Via n-Space]

Heroes of Ruin, a new game coming to 3DS from Square Enix and n-Space (Geist, Call of Duty DS games).

So far, the only news released about the game is the scant info above and this artwork. So, we know there’s a huge beastly guy with tusks strapped to his wrists, a sword-wielding cat warrior, a redhead elven-looking lady, and The Hood from Marvel Comics.

JC speculates that this could be “a Gauntlet thing,” some sort of co-op dungeon crawler. I was inclined to agree, but then someone on GAF said he’s getting “a Shadowrun vibe”, and my excitement broke free from the iron chains holding it down for years — a measure meant to protect it from the disappointment that always comes.

Buy: Nintendo 3DS console (Cosmo Black, Aqua Blue)

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[Via n-Space]