88 Heroes will bring frantic and funny platforming to PC and Xbox One later this year

Rising Star Games has announced the partnership with development studio Bitmap Bureau will bring 88 Heroes to consoles, PC and Mac on August 8. A new hero will be revealed each and every day for 88 days in the run-up to launch. Kicking off the countdown today is Gonan, a warrior who wields a blade of his 88 (spot the pattern yet?) forefathers.

So what is 88 Heroes? It's a 2D platformer that will task players with completing 88 levels in just 88 minutes with 88 heroes to choose from. You'll need all your skill and determination to defeat Dr. H8 who threatens planet Earth.

To celebrate the approaching launch of 88 Heroes, the two companies are wanting you to design and submit your own hero with a superpower and title to be in with a chance of seeing your creation in-game. More details on this contest will be release soon.

We'll be sure to let you all know when 88 Heroes hit respective stores.

Press Release

LOS ANGELES, CA – May 12th, 2016 – Rising Star Games today announces a new partnership with acclaimed development studio Bitmap Bureau, to publish 88 Heroes on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PC, Mac, Linux and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. Targeting a release date of the 8th day of the 8th month (8th August 2016), Rising Star Games will be revealing a new hero each and every day for 88 days counting down to launch. The mighty assemblage begins today with Gonan, the muscle-bound warrior who wields the mighty blade of his 88 forefathers, which he uses to smash through walls and lay waste to enemies.

Rising Star Games and Bitmap Bureau are also excited to reveal that a global 88 Heroes 'Design-A-Hero' contest will begin very soon. Design your own fabulously mundane or magnificent champion complete with superpowers and title, and win the chance to see your creation appear in pixelated glory in the final game! Stay tuned for details on how to enter, coming soon.

88 Heroes is a chaotic 2D platformer that is as fun to watch as it is to play, where each level completed or untimely death brings a new uniquely skilled hero into the action. With just 88 minutes to complete all 88 levels, you'll need every one of the 88 heroes to stop the dastardly Dr. H8 destroying the Earth! Are you up to the challenge?

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The sword swinging Gohan knows what is best in life.

"We've got at least 88 reasons why we're so excited to be working with Bitmap Bureau on the release of 88 Heroes", said Martin Defries, Managing Director of Rising Star Games. "Top of the list has to be the fast-paced and hectic, yet cunning and precise platforming gameplay, that is a genuine crowd-pleasing spectacle to behold and a thrill to play".

"88 Heroes has been a labour of love for us at Bitmap Bureau, and is representative of the many years of 2D game development we have accumulated", said Mike Tucker, Director at Bitmap Bureau. "It's particularly exciting for us as it's both our first console release and also the first time we've worked with Rising Star Games; a publisher with a great reputation in the industry".

88 Heroes Key Features:

  • 88 unique and original playable characters, each with their own skills and abilities that may help or hinder the player
  • Hero order is randomly selected with each play, meaning players will always face a fresh and varied challenge!
  • 88 levels across 4 areas to conquer, each with its own unique boss encounter
  • Watch the action from Dr. H8's lair as he tries to thwart your plans, drinks coffee, takes bathroom breaks and berates his accident-prone henchmen
  • Multiple game modes including: Magnificent 8 mode - choose a team of just 8 heroes to tackle the entire game with; Solo mode – pick just one hero and master their skills in order to survive as long as you can
  • More heroes incoming with DLC!

Follow the daily character reveals for 88 Heroes on Twitter to keep up to speed with the ever-growing assembly of super heroes and zeroes.

For more information on 88 Heroes, please visit the official site: http://88heroes.com.

Follow Rising Star Games on Twitter and visit the official Rising Star Games website.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.