Gods & Heroes rising June 21

Heatwave launching Perpetual's once-abandoned Roman-mythology-themed MMORPG this summer; preorder package detailed.

For a time, it appeared as if releasing the massively multiplayer online role-playing Gods & Heroes was a task to be ranked alongside the 12 Labors of Hercules. However, like the slaying of the Nemean lion or the cleansing of the Augean stables, so too will the task of releasing the fated MMORPG be accomplished. Today, Heatwave Interactive announced that Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising will launch for the PC on June 21.

The MMO nature of the game should mean players will only rarely have to slay minotaurs on their own.

Gods & Heroes' story began in 2005, when developer Perpetual Entertainment, who was also at the time creating Star Trek Online, announced the mythology-themed online RPG for launch in October of that year. By the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo, the game had been signed on by Sony Online Entertainment and given a new release date of late 2006.

In June 2007, Perpetual at last began signing up beta-test participants to run the game through its paces. However, that glimmer of hope proved to be short-lived after the bottom fell out at Perpetual, and the game was placed on "indefinite hold." Perpetual eventually sold off its lucrative Star Trek license to Cryptic Studios in 2008, and in 2010, little-known game maker Heatwave Interactive picked up Gods & Heroes.

Under Heatwave, the game's development has progressed steadily and sees players assuming the role of deified heroes of the Roman army who wage war against the dastardly Telchine gods. The game incorporates a number of mythological elements, and its environments range from Roman landmarks to fabled realms.

Along with announcing a launch date, Heatwave offered details on the game's preorder incentives. Those who pick up Gods & Heroes in advance will gain a one-week head start on the June 21 release date. They will also receive the Tunic of the Gods ability as well as an exclusive in-game marble statute.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Gods & Heroes.

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BuNKiTZ
BuNKiTZ

I wonder what the Telchines will look like... I remember them being mentioned in Percy Jackson, and I had trouble trying to imagine a doberman-seal-hybrid... >.>

Targzissian
Targzissian

I remember telling the people at Best Buy in 2007 that you might want to take the pre-order boxes off the shelves because the game's been cancelled. How can they revive a game like 4 years after it was supposed to be released? I mean, the graphics standards have changed. The industry has changed. It will be interesting to see how this game does. I was moderately excited about it in 2007, but by this time, I'm just really jaded.

LordDeArnise
LordDeArnise

Still doesn't look good enough to pull enough players out of the top MMO's today like WoW & Rift.

advocacy
advocacy

Don't they get it? Nobody cares about this game.

Sideras
Sideras

Haha what? They are going to release this crap so soon? i can't even see this game getting decent sales in the first month. The stupidity of having monthly subs on something that won't even come near to competing with the big names out there is just pure stupid.

BenFireFox
BenFireFox

honestly ppl take closer looks at available freetoplay mmo i can't really understand why ppl still pay for games like wow if you can get equal quality games for freetoplay

CrashOV
CrashOV

this looks more like a new sims 3 expansion then an mmo.

shesmycain
shesmycain

I don't think people will play this even if it's Free to play.

Shady84Porter
Shady84Porter

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NColdhardt
NColdhardt

Thank you, but I'll stick to WoW.

red666devil
red666devil

Tell me this is a trailer which was made in 2003... and they redid the whole game for this generation...And plz tell me all the mobs and enemies are not ripped off from Egyptian Stories... plz oh plz... And plz let this not be a cheap replica of 3d look alike fo Diablo 1...plzzzz

Shady84Porter
Shady84Porter

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emperiox
emperiox

You know what other game has scorpions and scimitars? Runescape!