Developer Silken Sail is absolutely thrilled to announce that their much anticipated, upcoming interactive supervillain adventure Henchman Story will be coming to PC and – with the support of publisher Top Hat Studios – Switch, PS4, PS5 and Xbox on October 14th, 2021. Players can watch the announcement teaser trailer now, and play a free, updated demo of the game over on its Steam page.
Written by Marc Soskin, formerly part of the award-winning Outer Worlds narrative team, Henchman Story is a narrative adventure that follows the bumbling footsteps of Stan, an unlucky henchman to the boisterous, bottom-feeding supervillain Lord Bedlam. As Stan tries to keep his head down (and attached to the rest of his body), he’ll soon realise that his decisions as a lowly punching bag may determine more than just the fate of his student loans.
Henchman Story is both a love letter, and a playful twist on the ever-growing superhero genre. The adventure is fully voice acted, with talent from A Hat in Time, My Hero Academia and Marvel Avengers Academy bringing life to a lively cast of characters. With eleven different endings, and a whole mess of relationships and choices in-between, players looking for a successful career as a valued flunkey better watch their words, as they can change an ally to a nemesis, a partner to a stranger – or a friend to a traitor.
Being a henchman is a tiring, thankless job. The spandex chafes, there’s tons of late nights, and your boss rarely remembers your name. But, as Stan is soon to find out, sometimes even the decisions of the lowliest henchman can make a big impact.
Henchman Story‘s October launch follows a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising over $18,500 to power up this supervillain adventure. Publisher Top Hat Studios are delighted to be supporting with the console releases.
Regarding the announcement, Soskin said: “The initial concept behind Henchman Story was a marriage of my passion for complex, branching video game narratives, and my predisposition for weird, irreverent humor. To me, both comedy and games excel at showing us things from a different perspective, and that’s the goal here.
“When you see this wild superhero setting through the eyes of some ordinary schmuck who gets his ass kicked for a living, it takes on a whole different vibe with a whole different meaning. We really committed to that. Stan doesn’t have any powers or a tragic backstory, he’s just some dude trying to get by in a world where people fly and bench press cars.”
He continued – “It’s been amazing to see how that struck a chord with so many people, especially during our Kickstarter campaign. It was a little nerve wracking launching something like that in the middle of the pandemic, but the support we’ve received from our backers really helped us push through to create something we’re proud of.“
About Henchman Story
Henchman Story is an interactive story where you play as a beleaguered henchman working for a bumbling supervillain.
It’s thankless work. Week in and week out, you put on your purple spandex and get the crap beaten out of you by much stronger, much cooler people wearing much fancier spandex. But the checks clear, and Lord Bedlam offers healthcare, so a job’s a job, right?
Even henchmen have bills to pay, and sometimes, even henchmen can make choices that change everything.
Superhero Satire – A comedic take on the world of superheroes that revels in the ridiculous nature of its setting, and showcases a colorful, comic book aesthetic.
Colorful Characters – Find friends, enemies and even romance amongst a lively cast of villains, heroes and fellow henchmen.
Meaningful Choices – Your decisions directly influence the story – leading to eleven endings, determining the fate of its characters, and if you play your cards right, you might even earn a promotion!
Full Voice Acting – Starring a talented cast of professional actors that have been featured in anime, video games and more!