Indie game fans will likely be excited to hear that Supergiant Games, the studio behind the critically acclaimed titles Bastion and Transistor, has recently announced their third game, Pyre. This was announced during PAX East where the studio had a short demonstration available for attendees of the event. Set to be released in 2017, Pyre is described as a party-based role-playing game committed to atmospheric presentation and storytelling.
The core concept behind Pyre seems to revolve around a trio of characters fighting their way back to their homeland after being exiled. According to the official website players will, “lead a band of exiles through an ancient competition spread across a vast, mystical purgatory.” A large cast of characters which gamers can learn more about over the course of their journey has also been promised. At the start of the game players find their main characters at their lowest point, having been banished with nothing to their name other than a makeshift home called the blackwagon. Their only way back is through their victory in a mysterious competition known as the Rites. These Rites will pit the characters against other exiles who all have their own motivations and hopes.
Supergiant Games is known for developing outside of their comfort zone, and this seems to be the case again with Pyre. While Bastion and Transistor did feature an emphasis on action and combat, both systems implemented it in completely different ways. Pyre seems similar in that regard as the studio has taken another new direction. From the first impression materials available online at the moment, most of the action of Pyre seems to be focused on a type of spiritualistic sports game. Players must protect their own lit bonfire from the opposing team’s actions. Each team vies for control of a small orb, which when run into the fire of the opposing team seems to end the round. As with Supergiant’s previous titles the gameplay itself will likely tie in heavily to the story and character elements, but as of yet those details are not available.
One of the things that Supergiant Games have become known for is their incredible soundtracks, thanks to the efforts of Sound Designer Darren Korb and Vocalist Ashley Barrett. This announcement has also provided the first taste of the music which players will experience. The invigorating duet playing in the reveal trailer has been confirmed as featuring both Korb and Barrett, which could very well mean plenty of additional collaborations in the full soundtrack. When asked in an interview conducted back in 2014 whether or not Korb would like to continue doing vocal work for Supergiant projects he stated, “I had a lot of fun doing more vocals in this last game [Transistor], continuing to push on that I would be fascinated by.” In that same interview which also featured Barrett, the singer agreed saying, “I think I agree with Darren for sure, I would be excited just to hear what he could envision for me.”
Make sure to stay updated on the development of Pyre by checking out the official website, or interact with the growing community on Steam.