The Ceaseless Dirge has attacked! Fight as Legendary Heroes against tough-as-nails mechs and monsters. Every time you die, you leave behind an Echo who can be raised by the next player. The more heroes who die, the stronger we all become, until we win together. Are you a Hero? Good. You’re up next.
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Mixed (35) - 65% of the 35 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jan 11, 2018

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Community Continue is a new concept that uses player participation at the core of the game system. We’re not so bold to think we’ll get it exactly right on the first try, so we’re enlisting the Steam Community to help us!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“3-5 months.”

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

“During Early Access, we’re going to unveil the Champion Trial, which is a series of interconnected Game Ventures that will be unique, created by our own level designers. These will require problem solving and contributions from the entire community to beat. In addition to the Champion Trial, we also plan on adding new enemies, characters, bosses and game modes.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“From a gameplay point of view, Early Access will contain the foundation of all the core features, feel, pacing and mechanics that we’d expect to launch with. We’re confident we have a fun, exciting game experience that will only grow as our community does.”

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

“We plan on keeping the pricing consistent. Depending on how much content makes its way into the launch version of the game, we may reevaluate.”

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

“We’re going to actively solicit feedback on Character Balance, Abilities, Enemies, Difficulty and new level modes.”
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January 22

Early Access Week 2!


We’ve made it to Week 2 of Early Access! Last week we challenged you to post a boatload of screenshots (and we’ve seen some epic ones on the Hub). Here’s one of my favorites:
Additionally, we asked you to provide feedback on Spectator Mode, and you did! We’re taking all of your thoughts to heart and working through some ideas. More information on that soon!

This week we’d like to hear your thoughts on the different play-styles in Next Up Hero. Do you have a favorite build? Do you prefer to get up close and personal? Or do you prefer to kite enemies on the outskirts of the level? Are you a hybrid player? We want to know!

Please let us know your thoughts about the different playstyles offered by the current melee, ranged, and hybrid characters in this thread

Week 2 Community Challenge
Next Up Hero is all about community, so tell a friend about Next Up Hero. Invite them to watch the Join The Fight Trailer, and share their thoughts in the comments section below! How many views can we rake up in a week heroes?

Join us on Steam and Discord
Don't forget to join the Community Group on Steam and the Community Discord.GG/NextUpHero ! Come meet other players, and help each other complete ventures!

New Player? Checkout the Hero’s Guide!
If you’re new to Next Up Hero, we’ve put together the Hero’s Guide to kickstart your venture! Let us know what you’d like us to add to it!
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January 15

Early Access Week 1 (Welcome and Spectator Mode!)


Welcome to Next Up Hero Early Access!

We want to make the best experience possible, integrating user feedback as we march toward our final release. To do so, each week we're going to target an area of the game. So let's get started!

Week 1 Feedback Target: Spectator Mode

Please let us know your thoughts, suggestions, feedback, and ideas for Spectator Mode in this thread

Week 1 Community Challenge

Post 100 screenshots to the Hub!

Can we do it by Next Monday?


Don't forget to join the community on Discord.GG/NextUpHero ! Come meet other players, and help eachother complete ventures!
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About This Game

The Ceaseless Dirge has attacked! Fight as the Legendary Heroes against tough-as-nails mechs and monsters. Every time you die, you leave behind an Echo who can be raised by the next player. The more heroes who die, the stronger we all become, until we win together. Are you a Hero? Good. You’re up next.

Next Up Hero is an impossibly-hard 2D action game driven by Community Continue. Inspired by lost childhoods spent at the arcade in which best friends took turns beating unfairly difficult games, Next Up Hero was created so that beating a level is a shared victory, and more fun than playing on your own.

Choose from nine Legendary Heroes with an assortment of weapons and abilities to suit your playstyle, from swords and rocket launchers to laser turrets, bongo drums, and boomerangs. When enough heroes have achieved enough feats of greatness, the Champion Trial will be unlocked, the most punishing ventures created by Digital Continue’s own level designers that that require community communication and teamwork if you hope to even stand a chance.

Next Up Hero is the first original game from Digital Continue, founded by Joe Tringali, the co-founder of 5TH Cell, creators of Scribblenauts, Lock’s Quest and Drawn to Life.


When you die, rejoin the venture with the next hero as an avenging angel. As you observe the fight, use your healing powers to restore the hero's life -- the only way to heal in the game. When you're ready to fight, take control of an Echo yourself and enter the fray.

Engage in a cutting edge style of cooperative play where beating community ventures is a shared achievement, and more fun than playing on your own.

While spectating, take control of an Echo and rejoin the battle to fight cooperatively with the current Hero. Echoes aren’t as strong as heroes, but in a game this hard, they’ll need all the help they can get.

The toughest ventures yet. Unlocked only when the community has proven it is ready. To have any chance of survival, you must work together as a community to solve puzzles, defeat impossible bosses, and unlock new rewards. You will probably die.

Compete with the community in daily, weekly and monthly leaderboards! Play in ventures with your favorite streamers, or join celebrities in exclusive VIP ventures!

Defeat monsters and steal their abilities. Combine monster attacks, character skins, and Ancient abilities for thousands of deadly potential loadouts!

Customize your next goal using a Mad Lib style journal system. Complete those goals to earn the Grand Tokens necessary to gain entry into the deadly Champion Trial.[/list]

Supported Gamepads

Microsoft® Xbox® 360 Controller for Windows® (Wired)
Microsoft® Xbox® One Controller (Wired)
Microsoft® Xbox® One Elite Controller
SONY® PS4 DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller (Wired)
Logitech RumblePad™ 2
Logitech™ Dual Action™
Logitech™ Wireless Gamepad F710
Logitech™ Gamepad F310
Afterglow Wired Controller for Xbox 360
Rock Candy Controller for Xbox 360
Thrustmaster GPX Controller for Xbox 360
RAZER Sabertooth

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7, Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 (3.4 GHz) or AMD A8-7600 (3.1 GHz)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6850 / NVIDIA GeForce 650 / Intel Iris Pro 5200
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1 GB VRAM; Windows 8 & 8.1 are unsupported

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