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INTRODUCTION


Hegemone Pass is a turn-based RPG with switchable leaders, who in battle use their title’s influence (a collection of stat boosts, resistances, and a passive effect) over allies or foes, featuring platforming gameplay while exploring various missions. Both sides of battle have a leader, victory goes to the party who defeated their opponent’s leader. Both sides can switch the status of leader from one character to another during battle on to activate their title’s influence over the battlefield.

STORY


The goddess Demeter has taken over the Underworld! The former Queen of the Underworld Persephone had her title stolen! Now she's being hunted by Demeter, who orders the entire Underworld to capture Persephone, in order to harness Persephone’s hidden secret and become the supreme ruler of humanity and rule over the Pantheon, the home of the gods!

While in hiding, a distress summoning of Persephone occurs! Temporarily escaping from the Underworld, Persephone manages to save three humans from the Surface from an invasion of the Empire, Yvonne, Ethan and Emilie, members of the barbaric tribes of Icaune.

For having saved their lives, Persephone asks in exchange for their help to help her reclaim her title and retake control of the Underworld, bycollecting the five Order Flowers in order to weaken and defeat Demeter.

To do this, Persephone resides inside either Yvonne, Ethan or Emilie, allowing them to manifest the power of their title and lead their team fight against the controlled forces of the Underworld. Persephone can move in between Yvonne, Ethan or Emilie at any time to change which title she needs to activate to change their approach in battle.

CHARACTERS




Persephone
Former Queen of the Underworld.


Yvonne
Next in-line for the leadership of the Hardiesse tribe.


Ethan
A student of the Savoir tribe, brother to Emilie.


Emilie
A soldier of the Savoir Tribe and sister to Ethan.


Demeter
Goddess of Harvest and Life, and currently the Queen of the Underworld.

GAMEPLAY

BATTLE SYSTEM



The battle system uses a classic turn-based RPG system. And so, you choose your party’s actions before they act, with speed being a determining factor in who goes first.


Unlike most RPGs though, your party uses a shared pool of SP (Spirit Points). SP is used for performing certain techniques and magic spells of all sorts. SP regenerates every turn, with each conscious ally contributing a certain amount of SP per turn.

You gain EXP from defeated foes, whilst undefeated foes give less EXP if the enemy leader is defeated before his allies.
Your party shares the same exp bar and, as a result, levels up at the same time.

In addition, you can scan your foes with the “Memory Scan” command, which enables you to register the enemy’s entry in your encyclopedia. This allows you to see the enemy’s description, weaknesses and enables the display of the enemy’s current health in battle.

SWITCH LEADER SYSTEM





In battle, each side of battle has a single designated leader (On the player's side, the current leader will have a miasma eye, similar to Persephone's miasma eye, when they are leader). The goal in battle is to defeat the enemy team leader, while simultaneously trying to keep yours alive. When a unit is leader, they manifest their Title over others!

Every unit possesses a Title, a manifestation of their influence over others. Titles possess numerous advantages that differ from one another, including :

  • An assortment of stat boosts and/or decreases.
  • A passive effect imposed on the receiver(s) of the title’s influence.
  • And, depending on the title, a set of resistances (or weaknesses).


The effects of a title only manifest when one is the designated leader.
Any leader can pass their leader status to another unit using the “Hegemone Pass” command. Once that unit becomes the leader, their title’s influence overwrites their predecessor’s and it’s own effects come into play.



Titles are classified according to whom the title will influence once the unit becomes the leader. These four categories are:


TEAM TITLE
Provides average stat boosts and elemental resistances for your entire party.


LEADER TITLE
Provides major stat boosts and elemental resistances for your party leader only.


FEAR TITLE
Imposes moderate stat decreases to the enemy team. Does not change their elemental resistances.


TARGET TITLE
Provides major stat decreases to the enemy leader. Does not change their elemental resistances.

There are also techniques that force your team to change their leader, that can be used by ally or foe alike. Also, certain techniques and status effects have different properties if the target is a leader.


If your leader is defeated, it’s game over. But, there are some safeguards in play:

  • You can switch your leader to another ally if you feel the current one is low on health or might be weak to the attacks of the enemy.
  • Your leader will always endure the first fatal hit in any battle.
  • And lastly, if you have any 1UPs, your leader will be revived and the battle will continue.


As long as your current leader isn’t KO’ed, the battle goes on.

OUTSIDE OF BATTLE


The game is divided into chapters, and each chapter has missions to complete. Missions send you to a level with an objective to complete.



In a mission, you take control of the current leader and will be exploring the level which house various obstacles, while being able to switch leaders on the fly to use their different abilities. And throughout the level, you will find treasure chests containing various kinds of items, and small collectibles used for extra 1UPs available during battle.



Enemy encounters are represented on the field. And if you enter their field of vision, they will chase you until you run far enough, or enter battle with them. When in contact with the enemy, you will be sent into battle, but you can get a “first strike” if you hit the enemy with your weapon on the field.





In between missions, you will go to the Intermission.
In the Intermission, you can buy items and equipment in the form of flowers from the Flower Shop, talk with your teammates about various topics, as well as choosing your next mission.

DEVELOPMENT



The game is being made with Haxe & HaxeFlixel.

Most of the battle and platforming systems, as well as core mechanics, are done. What’s left to be done is the actual content of the game, with some extra features.

It’s mostly a solo project, I’m handling the programming and doing the pixel art. My brother is helping out by creating a database editor for the content of the game.

All pictures shown above are not necessarily representative of the final product. If you want to see more regular but unfinished progress, you can have a look at my Twitter profile, where I post gifs.

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PARIS, France - July 10th, 2018 - Meringue Entertainment announces Hegemone Pass, coming to Windows PC and Linux in 2019. Dethroned and untitled, the goddess Persephone fights her way to take down Queen Demeter in turn-based RPG battles where you decide who’s Leader: empowering allies or oppressing foes with their title, set deep within the Greek Underworld!

Check out the trailer:


The deep love between King Hades and innocent Persephone leads her to become the Queen of the Underworld. But Demeter’s worry for her daughter leads her to wage a war against the Underworld. Hades disappears, and an army swarms their Palace: in the attack, her very own “corrupted” daughter loses her title and falls from the heights of the Palace. Demeter, now Queen of the Underworld, begins a hunt for Hades to imprison him in Tartarus and liberate all the souls of the Underworld… and her daughter fights to protect the order of the Underworld.

Take on the mantle of leader… or pass it on to an ally through the power of the Hegemone Pass. As Persephone, make an ally your leader in your presence, and alter the power of allies or foes through four kinds of Titles: empower your allies with “TEAM” titles, oppress your foes with “FEAR” titles, become a mighty powerful leader with “LEADER” titles or torment their leader with “TARGET” titles, each one altering stats, elemental resistances and granting a special effect. Switch leaders to change the current title in play and defeat the enemy leader to win!

Walk upon the lands of the Underworld in traditional 2D platforming levels within multiple missions. Find collectibles such as treasure chests and 1Ups. Jump and dodge hazards. Solve devious puzzles. Attack your enemies for a first strike. Battle numerous monsters and gods. Take away the stolen titles from thieves and use them as your own. Defeat Demeter’s followers, the Eleusinian Mysteries, and take back the throne of the Underworld!

Features:

  • A JRPG and Platformer: Explore the Underworld like a platformer, and battle foes in turn-based RPG battles in over 25 story missions! Switch between three party members with their unique abilities, such as Bunny Floating and Shockwave Attacks, to clear obstacles, solve puzzles and find hidden treasure on your way!
  • An adorable cast of characters: Humans, gods and monsters all populate this rendition of a Greek Mythology classic featuring simple but adorable character sprite art.
  • Empower allies or oppress foes as Leader: Harness their “Title” to alter stats, grant elemental resistances and cause a special effect to happen! Four different types of titles exist: Team! Leader! Fear! Target!
  • Switch the Leader: Use the titular “Hegemone Pass” technique to change who’s the leader in battle to activate their title’s own power immediately or force the enemy to switch leaders and put themselves at a disadvantage with the “Auxo Pass”!
  • Shared Leveling: No matter if everyone's knocked out or not, exp is shared at all times, and your party is always at the same level!
  • Unlock the powers of a goddess: Find your lost powers and enable your team to cast magic from flowers or walk on lava!
  • Steal back Stolen Titles: Eliminate foes who have stolen the titles of innocent souls and retrieve them to use new titles in battle, unlocking new strategies of battle! Gain experience of that title to increase your rank and obtain permanent upgrades to that character!
  • Take on Challenge Battles: Discover hidden challenge battles with unique victory/defeat conditions that test your skills as a leader and reap in nice rewards!

Screenshots:

Check out the full IndieDB page for screenshots and more!


Hegemone Pass is slated for a 2019 release, with an early preview demo coming soon.

Visit our website at Hegemonepass.com for more information and lead your allies to victory!

Follow us on Twitter @HegemonePass for updates.


Hegemone Pass - Cutscenes of Missions

Hegemone Pass - Cutscenes of Missions

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The Greek Underworld's JRPG brings you screenshots of several cutscenes from the game's first two missions, on top of a new and fancy title screen, and...

Hegemone Pass - Equip Flowers!

Hegemone Pass - Equip Flowers!

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Introducing the flower system, an equipment item that each character can equip. Equipping flowers might synergize with other equipped flowers, which improves...

Mastery and Turn-Based Combat

Mastery and Turn-Based Combat

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Indroducing a new mastery system for titles, a rank system for party members, and the turn system in Hegemone Pass is more akin to Persona now!

Hegemone Pass - Challenge Battles

Hegemone Pass - Challenge Battles

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The cute Leader-Switching JRPG Sidescroller implements Challenge Battles, battles with special conditions in exchange for prizes.

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