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Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X
Genre: Adventure
Publisher: Focus Entertainment
Developer: The Parasight
Release Date: Dec. 15, 2022

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'Blacktail' Updated Demo Coming to Next Week's Steam Next Fest - Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2022 @ 4:30 p.m. PST

In Blacktail, guide Yaga along the path to become a fearsome guardian of the forest or the dark legend that haunts children's nightmares.

Become the witch of the woods in Blacktail.

Slavic myth comes to life in this first-person, open-world, action-adventure title. Discover Yaga's story and guide her along the path to become a fearsome guardian of the forest or the dark legend that haunts children's nightmares.

In Blacktail, play as Yaga, a young woman cast out of her medieval village for witchcraft. Guided by a dark voice, you'll take up a bow and mystical powers to create the myth of Baba Yaga by living out the origins of this classic folk story.

As Yaga, players hunt living memories through mythic woods while following the trail of missing children. Foul spirits hold the secrets of Yaga's past and keys to her future. On this journey, Yaga will have to make difficult choices leading her down the path of light to become the guardian of the woods or down a trail of darkness to the terror of nightmares. Make these decisions as you explore a surreal landscape that blends realism with storybook aesthetics.

In addition to Yaga's bow and gauntlet, players will have a selection of abilities that shift based on your morality throughout the journey.

The extended Blacktail Steam demo features a feast of new content for witches seeking to explore the dark and mysterious woods. Featuring new areas, skills, fights, and more, the Steam Next Fest Blacktail demo holds more than two hours of dark, surreal adventure for players to explore. 

This demo showcases new skills and combat abilities not shown before. In Blacktail, morality plays a big role in the way the story unfolds, how the world reacts to Yaga, and how skills work—many abilities are modified based on Yaga’s morality. The new Hocus melee attack, for example, will add either the Leech (health drain) or Sunlight (stun) based on whether Yaga is on the path to evil or good. Likewise, a new Broom area-of-effect ability will focus on damage or crowd-control depending on Yaga’s choices. Both of these abilities, and later upgrades that modify them further, are integral to Blacktail’s close-quarters combat. 

New collectibles have been scattered throughout the forest—see if you can find all the toads and Boboks. Demo players can also explore the in-game almanac, new inventory system, Morality Tags and Log, and a brand new Easter egg mini-game. This Blacktail demo is only planned to be available during Steam Next Fest (Feb. 21-28).

Key Features:

  • Use your trusty bow and gauntlet to defeat enemies throughout your journey
  • Craft arrows and potions, hunt wild game, and harvest herbs to survive in the uncanny woods
  • Find hidden treasures and pieces of Slavic legends
  • Follow a mysterious voice leading Yaga down the dark path to power and discover your own past along the way
  • Track down elusive spirits and engage in thrilling boss fights to recollect Yaga's missing memories
  • Relive memories to gather clues and solve the mystery of Yaga’s lost friends
  • Dive beyond the surreal. Every memory is an artfully crafted 2.5D narrative episode — each a trippy vision shedding light on Yaga’s heart and soul, as well as her mysterious origin
  • Define your alliances and beliefs through story-driven side quests. Decide the fate of the land and its inhabitants: be vengeful and manipulative, or honest and compassionate
  • Blacktail's Morality System will significantly impact your gameplay experience. Watch your skillset change as you make story defining choices that shift your morality
  • Collect lost recipes from the ancient Grimoire, brew elixirs in the Cauldron to unlock skill upgrades and grow into a great power

 Blacktail is planned to release on PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC (Steam) in 2022.

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