Supergiant Games (Transistor, Bastion) announced today that Pyre, their party-based RPG, is releasing on July 25 for PlayStation 4 and PC. By pre-ordering from the PlayStation Store in North America, you’ll save 10% off the regular $19.99 USD price tag.
On the PlayStation Blog, Creative Director Greg Kasavin said they’re putting the finishing touches on Pyre, which is the biggest game they’ve ever created, and it will include a Platinum Trophy. He then continued by discussing the three-on-three battle system:
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.
You’ll be up against a colorful cast of adversaries in pitched, high-stakes confrontations where each victory (or defeat!) brings your exiles closer to enlightenment. Choose three exiles from your party for each Rite, and outfit them with powerful Talismans and Masteries to gain an edge.
Kasavin then talked about how losing battles in Pyre won’t result in a game over:
Think about how many games you play where you get stuck trying to get past a certain sequence, and keep throwing yourself at it again and again, just because you want to see what happens next. Sometimes that’s fun… but often, it stops the story dead in its tracks and just gets frustrating.
We wanted to make a game that had plenty of challenge and exciting action, but where the fear and frustration of getting stuck was not a factor. Picking yourself up after being defeated could be part of the journey, rather than something that took place in your head while looking at a Game Over screen. So, one of the unique aspects of Pyre is how you are never forced to lose progress. Whether you prevail or fail, your journey continues. The interactive narrative is expressed through a story that should feel personal to you, and that no two players will experience in quite the same way.
In addition to the single-player campaign, Pyre also includes a local two-player Versus Mode where you can play against a friend or CPU opponent.