Key to Heaven is a 2-D MMORPG built by one developer over 16 years


Here’s another in-development MMORPG that’s just about ready to enter Steam Early Access: It’s called Key to Heaven, a 2-D MMORPG that encourages players to fight and explore a variety of islands alone or together, with weapon crafting, boss fights, PvP, and fully customizable character stats and skill points. The game leans into its more casual nature, warning potential wishlisters that “while the game features many hours of unique gameplay, do not expect endless content with massive explosions.”

This title stands out mostly due to the fact that it’s a solo-built labor of love from Björn “William” Johansson and his one-man Far Side of North Studio, whose 16 year-long journey to bring Key to Heaven from its initial creation in RPG Toolkit and Visual Basic 6 to its current state was chronicled in a Vice interview. The interview offers a lot of insight into Johansson’s personal journey and how he managed to pull together a game that he’s worked on since he was 10 years old.

The game’s Steam page notes an early access release sometime soon, while the Vice interview notes a release window for sometime in March. In any event, a whole lot of work appears to be very nearly complete.

sources: Steam, Vice, official site. Thanks to Agemyth and Schlag for the tip!

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Oleg Chebeneev

When you made the game for 16 years and its only entering Early Access state XD

Looks meh, tbh. Too outdated and offers absolutely nothing new from gameplay perspective. Im more interested in 1man indies that have some fresh ideas. Since you have all the freedom to do whatever you want, so its good opportunity to experiment.

Well, at least the author had fun in process.


that is really damn impressive, especially to keep at it

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I have always really liked hearing stories like this. I bet every gamer, maybe especially MMO gamer has imagined their perfect game or online world. Lord British was and is someone who I very much admire for doing basically what the person in this story has done, differently of course, but still. It’s really cool to read about people following their dreams especially when it’s about something that brings fun and enjoyment to people, like UO did for me. Great Lord Nemien fought his last fight a very long time ago, but he would say “thank you” he has alot of good memories of his adventures in Britania. Cool story, sorry for going in a different direction there, just reminded me of, related but different.