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Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4
Genre: RPG/Action
Developer: Supergiant Games
Release Date: July 25, 2017

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'Pyre' (ALL) Adding Versus Mode - Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 4, 2016 @ 3:08 p.m. PST

Pyre is a party-based role-playing game in which you lead a band of exiles through an ancient competition spread across a vast, mystical purgatory.

Pyre showcases our small team’s commitment to rich atmospheric presentation and storytelling, along with a distinctive gameplay blend that combines expressive decision making on the world map with fast, action-packed confrontations against rival groups of exiles whose own freedom is at stake. We want to create a large cast of characters you can grow close to as you travel together across a strange and wondrous land.

At the beginning of the game, your luck has almost run out when several masked wanderers find you and revive you from the brink. With your help, they seek to learn the truth about the Rites, a secretive competition through which the worthiest exiles can return home, absolved of their transgressions.

As you journey across the Downside in the wanderers’ custom blackwagon, you’ll meet a variety of characters of all shapes and sizes, and learn what’s at stake for each of them should they prevail in the Rites. Your actions will determine who returns to glory, and who remains in exile to the end of their days.

Pyre is a party-based RPG that will have a two-player head-to-head Versus Mode in it, in addition to the single-player campaign. Think of the multiplayer as a bonus on top of the single-player.

Supergiant Games' focus during development has first and foremost been the single-player campaign experience, and creating the interesting and memorable cast of characters you’ll get to know during your journey.

Multiplayer was something the devs also thought had a lot of potential, but was something they were only going to pursue if we felt we could pull it off without compromising on our ambitions for the single-player. Supergiant Games had to get to this point in development to make sure of that.

The ritual competitions in Pyre play out like a one-on-one competitive action game. The object is to extinguish your opponent’s ceremonial flame, by grasping an object called the Celestial Orb then diving into the flames with it, or simply throwing it in.

You have at your disposal three different exiles, though just one is permitted to move at any given time (you can switch control between them instantly). You can slip past your opponents by sprinting or leaping over them. You also have a defensive aura that banishes your foes on contact, or can be cast like a projectile attack. Each of the different characters has his or her own unique attributes and special abilities. Which characters you bring into the field, along with the variety of unique environments, make it so no two Rites play out the same way.

Pyre's Versus Mode pits you and your opponent against each other on the same PS4 in local head-to-head competition. This arcade-style experience is well suited to Pyre’s gameplay, and ever since Bastion we’ve wanted to make a game you could play with a friend in the same space.

As for online play, Supergiant Games hasn’t made a decision yet on whether online play makes sense given everything else we’re doing on Pyre with our small team. The devs think bad online multiplayer is worse for a game than no online multiplayer, and promise to do what’s best for the game as a whole.

In Pyre you will also be able to play Versus Mode single-player against the computer.

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