Next Up Hero is an arcade action-adventure driven by Community Continue, in which players take turns fighting and dying against tough-as-nails monsters, one hero at a time. Revive fallen heroes to fight by your side, build your army, and take out the boss together. Everyone dies. Heroes continue.
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Why Early Access?

Next Up Hero is a new concept that uses player participation at the core of the game systems. 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 Champions Trial, which is a series of interconnected Game Sessions that will be unique each month. These will require problem solving and contributions from the whole community. 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.”

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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About This Game

So you think can slay all the monsters and win eternal glory, is that it? Bad news, hero. In the Spiral Shards, we can only send in one hero at a time to fight the Ceaseless Dirge. At some point, a flaming blue fireball, mech mortar rocket, or giant spike of doom is going to hit you in the face, and you’re going to die. That’s when the fun begins.

When you die, you’ll leave behind an Echo of your hero on the battlefield. The next hero in line will be able to resurrect your Echo as an AI battle companion. Take turns continuing each other’s games, fighting and dying with friends until you have an entire army of Echoes by your side. Everyone dies. Heroes continue.

Next Up Hero is a 2D action adventure driven by Community Continue. Next Up Hero is inspired by friends taking turns at the arcade to beat unfairly difficult games, and designed so beating a session is a shared victory and more fun than playing on your own.

Choose from nine heroes with an assortment of weapons and abilities to suit your playstyle, from swords and rocket launchers to laser turrets, bongo drums, and boomerangs. Coming this fall, Heroes who complete feats of greatness will gain entry into the Champions Trials, a monthly contest in which Digital Continue throws the hardest monsters they have at you.

Developed with community feedback, Digital Continue will incorporate community ideas to improve characters, gameplay, weapons, attacks, and enemy types for the final game.

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


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

  • Champions Trials - Heroes who complete feats of greatness will gain entry into the Champions Trials, a monthly contest in which Digital Continue throws the toughest challenge they have at you in specially-designed levels. Work together with the community to solve puzzles, defeat challenging enemies, and unlock new rewards. You will probably die.

  • Spotlight Sessions and Leaderboards - Compete with the community in daily, weekly and monthly leaderboards! Play in sessions with your favorite streamers, or join celebrities in exclusive VIP sessions!

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

  • Choose Your Own Achievement - 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 Champions Trials.

Supported Gamepads:
Logitech RumblePad™ 2
Logitech™ Dual Action™
Microsoft® Xbox® 360 Controller for Windows® (Wired)
Microsoft® Xbox® One Controller (Wired)
Microsoft® Xbox® One Elite Controller
PDP Rock Candy
PDP Afterglow
Razer Sabertooth
SONY® PS4 DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller (Wired)
Thurstmaster GPX

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® 7, 64-bit
    • Processor: 3.4 GHz Intel Core i3 or 3.1 GHz AMD A8-7600
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6850 / NVIDIA GeForce 650 / Intel IRIS Pro
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: NOTICE: All system requirements are preliminary and subject to change.
      NOTICE: Windows® 8 & 8.1 are unsupported.

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