Heroes of Ruin Combines Role-Playing and Social Gaming on 3DS

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Teaming up with developer n-Space, Square Enix has announced the development of Heroes of Ruin for the Nintendo 3DS, an action-RPG with an emphasis on multiplayer and social networking.

Heroes of Ruin brings together four unlikely heroes for a portable adventure like no other. Players will be able to go at it alone or band together for seamless drop-in/drop-out co-op play, fighting through dangerous creatures and varied environments to advance their hero, complete quests, collect loot and outfit with new weapons and armor.

Social networking will also feature prominently, with the game taking advantage of the 3DS StreetPass and SpotPass wireless connectivity features to reward players with rare items and challenges by connecting to local Wi-Fi hotspots and establish a ‘Traders’ Network’ where players can buy and sell items generated from other players’ inventories as they pass by. A companion website will be available as well, providing adventurers a portal to daily quests and community interaction.

“Using the Nintendo 3DS™’ StreetPass™ and SpotPass™ functionality, HEROES OF RUIN will offer extensive multiplayer elements,” said Mona Hamilton, vice president of marketing and public relations, Square Enix, Inc. “We hope to create a community of HEROES OF RUIN fans who play well beyond the single player campaign and experience the story in completely new ways.”

I love pretty much all things Square Enix, and n-Space is pretty consistent in developing high quality portable games, so I’m sold. The only bad news? Heroes of Ruin won’t be available until 2012, which means the wait for the first great Nintendo 3DS RPG is going to be a long one!

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