Supergiant Games has announced that their upcoming action RPG, Pyre, will be released for the PC and PS4 on July 25. Pyre takes place in a limbo-like realm where players recruit refugees to compete in a mythical 3v3 sport to earn a chance at “enlightenment.”
Greg Kasavin, Supergiant’s Creative Director, revealed a few more details about Pyre’s world on the PlayStation Blog today:
Pyre is a party-based RPG in which you lead a band of exiles to freedom through ancient competitions spread across a vast, mystical purgatory. Who shall return to glory, and who shall remain in exile to the end of their days? Find out during the course of the single-player campaign (and maybe rack up a new Platinum Trophy while you’re at it).
This is the biggest and most imaginative world yet from us at Supergiant! You’ll get to know an ensemble cast of characters struggling to earn back their freedom as you make your way across the forsaken land called the Downside. Characters in Pyre come in all shapes and sizes, from hulking demons grown strong from their struggle to survive, to the winged Harps, who plot against their enemies from their mountain nests. Everyone in Pyre has a unique story behind their exile, and what might be in store for them if only they could return.
Kasavin also talked more about “Rites,” the fictional sport at the center of Pyre:
Central to Pyre is the ancient competition called the Rites. Each Rite plays out like an intense close-quarters mystical battle, where the object is to extinguish your adversary’s signal flame before they can do the same to you. You’ll have to outsmart and outmaneuver your opponents to succeed — or you can banish them outright with a powerful aura blast.
Finally, Kasavin revealed that Pyre won’t have a “Game Over” screen, and players who fail a Rite will continue their journey with no loss of progress. But hopefully they learned something from the experience.