Pyre [official site], the party-based RPG from the creators of Bastion and Transistor, is out next week, and there’s a fiery new trailer out to celebrate the launch. You control a party of exiles trying to escape from a pretty purgatory by taking part in ancient competitions, called Rites, which are 3v3 real-time arena battles. You’ve got to extinguish the other team’s pyre (hence the name) while keeping yours alight.
The hand-painted art style shown in the trailer trailer is absolutely stunning. It’s no surprise, really, given Supergiant Games’ past efforts.
Seriously, look at how colourful it is!
Both Bastion and Transistor were lonely affairs, with single heroes moving through big, bad worlds. Here, there’s going to be lots of different characters and a greater emphasis on story and dialogue.
“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 their own reasons for wanting to return.”
There’s also no game-overs: you can lose 3v3 matches, obviously, but that will then become part of the story, and the game will carry on. Neat. There’s a 1v1 local multiplayer mode, too, where you can show off what you’ve learnt in the main game.
I thought both Bastion and Transistor were majestic, mainly for the sense of wonder they created. Let’s hope Pyre can do the same. It’s out on Tuesday, July 25 and will cost £14.99/19,99€/$19.99 on Steam.