Boot Hill Heroes announced

So, I met Dave Welch and Ben Rubach of Experimental Gamer at Indie City Games this Saturday. During the “open mic” portion of the meeting, they showed off Boot Hill Heroes, a Wild West-themed jRPG modeled after Earthbound. Boot Hill Heroes features support for 4-player cooperative play (one player controlling each of the four players in the titular party), as well as a job system reminiscent of Final Fantasy V’s.

Here is their description of the plot:

After an alleged attack by the Chepakwik Indians, the people of Bronco County are on the brink of war. Only a farm boy who knows the truth that can stop it. Together with his three friends – a gunslinging desperado, an Indian princess, and a calamity jane – he must expose a conspiracy by bringing to justice the six outlaws of the notorious Saints-Little gang.

Their journey will take them through cowtowns, Indian villages, ranches, gold mines, prisons, and into the very heart and soul of  the American Wild West. But on their epic adventure to right the wrongs of the past, will they see justice done or discover an even darker secret lying in wait behind the scenes?

BHH is in development for Windows and XBox Live Indie Games, with a Kickstarter campaign running right now to fund development of the project. (Note: I try not to do game announcement posts when a game is still up in the air, but the devs have confirmed to me that this game is getting made regardless of whether their Kickstarter pans out, so this one makes the “game announcement” cut.)

Here’s a trailer with some Ennio Morricone score and the team’s Kickstarter pitch included at the end:

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