Supergiant Games, the developers behind the hit games Bastion and Transistor, recently released a video trailer for their latest project: Pyre.
Pyre revolves around a band of exiles seeking absolution through a mysterious and secretive competition known as “The Rites”. Victory means a return from the barren Downside, and an absolution of their previous sins. Defeat means an eternity of exile and despair. As an exiled soul discovered on the brink of death, you will journey with your newfound teammates to battle other teams in “The Rites” to free yourself form the barren purgatory.
The game played during “The Rites” is reminiscent of basketball/dodgeball. You can jump, pass or shoot as you attempt to sink your orb into the opponents pyre, lowering its HP. You can also channel your shots towards enemies, thus integrating some dodgeball elements as you avoid getting pegged yourself.
True to their MO, Supergiant will be focusing a lot on the dialogue within Pyre, encouraging players to deepen their relationships with the other members of the team as they journey across Downside in search for redemption. Throughout the dialogue there are words highlighted in red that will either allow you to learn more about a particular character or location, or change certain settings or responses.
I was happy to see that yesterday Gamespot published the first 25 minutes of gameplay, which you can view here:
Watching it has all but confirmed my initial thoughts for this game: please present your tickets before boarding the hype train, and keep all arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times.
With a spectacular art style, unique music and an engaging gameplay system, Pyre is ramping up to be yet another well-received title from publisher Supergiant. If their previous games are any indication of the quality we can expect, I’m sure that Pyre will be a must-have for fans of the studio.
What do you think? Have you played Supergiant’s previous titles? What are your expectations/hopes for Pyre? Let us know in the comments!