Heroes of Dire
Heroes of Dire is a free-to-play fantasy MMORPG where players command squads of fighters through strategic turn-based battles. Cross-platform servers bring together players from both desktop and mobile devices, featuring launch day support for Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Release Date: November 2016
Abandoned: November 6, 2018
Pros: +Tactical turn-based RPG combat. +Randomly generated fighters. +Cross-platform gameplay.
Cons: -UI designed mainly for mobile. -Animations somewhat lacking. -Abandoned by developer.
Heroes of Dire Overview
Heroes of Dire is a free-to-play dark fantasy MMORPG available on Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, and Linux, featuring cross-platform play for all devices from the developer of The Infinite Black. Assemble a team of fighters to make war with other guilds, monsters, and players, utilizing archetypes such as Mage, Paladin, and Healer. Each fighter is unique, generated procedurally to diversify their names, stories, stats, titles, and equipment, creating characters such as The One-Eyed Knight, The Laughing Horror, Georgia the Peach, and more. Take turns with the enemy fighting on a grid battlefield, where turn order is determined by the time-cost of each action. Efficiently perform attacks and movement for strategic superiority, participating in battles with as few as 2 fighters or as many as 32 fighters at once. Borrow shared fighters from your friends and guildmates and take them into battle, where they are controlled by the game's AI unless the owner of the character is online and chooses to enter the battle with you. The game also features live Dungeon Masters that interact with the players, offering live-crafted events, fighter name changes, weapon enhancement, merchants with unique treasures, and more to make the game feel alive.
Heroes of Dire Key Features:
- Turn-based Tactical Combat – fight on a grid with turn order determined by action cost, adding a significant amount of strategy and depth to gameplay.
- Millions of Fighters – recruit a wide variety of randomly generated fighters that span six classes, ten races, fifty weapon classes, and four armor classes.
- Live Dungeon Masters – participate in live game events hosted by Dungeon Masters who can appear as blacksmiths and merchants with unique items to craft and sell.
- Shared Fighters – borrow fighters from your friends and guildmates, which can be AI-controlled or controlled by your friend for a co-op experience.
- Guilds and PvP Warfare – join a guild and participate in massive guild vs. guild battles for territory, or partake in smaller-scale PvP battles to climb the rankings.
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Heroes of Dire System Requirements
Operating System: Windows XP SP2+ / Mac OSX 10.8 / Ubuntu 12.04+, SteamOS+
Processor: Intel / SSE2 instruction set support
RAM: 2 GB
Graphics: DX9 (Shadow Model 3.0) or DX11 with feature level 9.3 capability
Storage: 600 MB available space
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Heroes of Dire Additional Information
Kickstarter Launch Date: April 27, 2016
Kickstarter Funded Date: May 27, 2016
Alpha Date: June 29, 2016
Open Beta Date: September 28, 2016
Release Date: December 2016
Steam Release Date: March 15, 2017
Heroes of Dire is developed and published by Spellbook, an independent game development studio that creates free-to-play MMOs and RPGs for multiple platforms such as The Infinite Black and Rings of Night. The game's primary developer is Ozymandias, notable for interacting with the game's community and for hosting live streams of its development. The game was launched on Kickstarter on April 27, 2016 with a funding goal of $20,000 dollars, citing that the game as already 80% complete thanks to funding earned from the developer's previous games. The funding goal was hit in less than two hours of its launch, eventually raising $113,464 on May 27, 2016, greatly surpassing its initial goal and reaching multiple stretch goals. An alpha was later released to backers on June 29, 2016, followed by an open beta on September 28, 2016. The first live server opened in November 2016. The game launched on Steam on March 15, 2017