Heroes of Issachar is a city-builder / FPS hybrid. This game takes everything you love about classic city-builders and puts a crossbow in your hand to defend the kingdom you have built and extinguish the enemy from the land by raising up an army and recruiting other heroes to join the fight.
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Why Early Access?

“Because the game is a hybrid of city building and FPS, I am essentially building two games in one. Blending those together will require decisions as to what elements of each to focus on and which to pare down as unnecessary or undesirable. The gaming community is the best source of feedback for that.

In short - I've got tons of different ideas to try out, but I want to make what you all think is fun and works.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“That really depends on what features the community wants. I am the sole developer, and I am not relying on this game to support myself. It is a passion project for me, so that means I will work on it for as long as it takes to realize the vision and get it right.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The early access version will contain the basic elements of both the city builder and combat, but the final version will be the fully developed game.

The major addition I anticipate for full release is Survival mode, which sidesteps the story and drops the player into the middle of the land with just a few resources and men, and it will be the player's job to survive and build a flourishing city in a massive open world.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“There are three provinces ready to go, two of which the player can begin building up once liberated. There are eight bad guys, some in better shape than others. Several special abilities and crossbow parts (this number is constantly changing, usually increasing), and one dungeon are playable. The Knight hero and Wizard hero are both ready, each have one special ability. A first draft of Survival Mode is expected late '16 early '17.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The only price difference will be between the Developer's Edition and the Standard Edition. The explanation for the difference can be found on the Dev Edition page, but the basic difference is that Dev Edition will get access to all of the ideas I'm kicking around, before they make it into the standard edition, along with some aesthetic perks for supporting the development of the game. However, no core features that make it into the actual game will be withheld from the standard edition.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“The forums have been the best place to get a dialogue going, so that will be the primary location to get community input.”
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October 6

Developer Update; Oct. 6, 2017

Progress has been made - Caravan and Outpost mission frameworks are complete, I'm now working on Town Defense. Once the mission types are done, I'll be moving back to the city building part of the game to get that in better shape. If things go well, I'm optimistic I'll be done before 2020. Fingers are crossed.
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September 19

Dev Update, September 9, 2017

Hey all, just letting you know I'm alive and back at it after evacuating for Hurricane Irma for 9 days. Latest update is that the Caravan style mission is almost complete - the wagons are moving nicely and look smooth. After seeing them in action, it made me consider adding some sort of vehicles, maybe for the bad guys, maybe for the player, maybe both. We'll see - that would be a down-the-road thing.
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About This Game

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Heroes of Issachar is a shooter meshed with a city-builder. It has everything you love about RPG's – loot, levels and action. But instead of level grinding, you will rid the land of evil, one province at a time. To do this, you must combine your skill in combat with your ability to build a city capable of withstanding the enemy's assault and launching an attack on the enemy stronghold itself.

Features

Gameplay consists of two main perspectives: FPS and city-building. There are dungeons to crawl and loot to procure, but the core gameplay comes during the city-building. As you rebuild the cities in each province, the enemy will not make it easy. You must construct your city so that it not only flourishes, but is well defended. Success requires not only a savvy mind for strategy, but skill with your crossbow to cut down the enemy before they reach your walls.

You will not be questing alone. As you travel throughout the land, you will rescue people who have been taken by the evil forces in the land. When you rescue them, they will be available to add to your party, or to reside in the main castle where their particular talents will aid your journey outside of combat. Fans of the Suikoden series will quickly recognize its influence on Heroes of Issachar.

Combat

The action takes place as a first person shooter. Your signature weapon is a crossbow. Throughout the game, you will modify the crossbow, exchanging parts for new ones that confer a benefit to your skill and damage. In addition, there are mounting points for frost cannons, fireball launchers, magic shields, and many more add-ons. How you outfit your crossbow depends on you.

In addition to your crossbow, you will have a magic gauntlet that augments your skills. Different gems enhance different abilities, like speed, jumping, and even gliding. Other gems allow special skills like teleport and invisibility. Between the gauntlet and crossbow, you have the freedom to customize your combat in almost countless ways.

Story

The year is 1694. Your sister, a missionary to Africa, has gone missing there. You travel to her last known location to find a cave that leads to a world unlike anything you could imagine. The game picks up upon your arrival in the land of Issachar. Your mission is to find your sister and return home. But the land is filled with evil. To find your sister, you have no choice but to help eradicate the enemy forces that hinder your search. Explore the mysteries hidden in the land of Issachar. Discover the impact your sister's faith has upon the land and you. As the player, you interact with the story the way you want. Build your cities as paragons of law or hives of villainy. There is no method with advantages or disadvantages.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7/8/8.1/XP/Vista (32 or 64 bit)
    • Processor: 2.4ghz Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.5 or higher
    • Processor: 2.4Ghz Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 4 GB available space

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