It’s always a good morning when you wake up to find Supergiant’s newest game has been announced. It’s even better when they have a full trailer to show off! That was my exact reaction yesterday, and here I am today to talk about it.
For those of you who don’t know, by now you seriously should, Supergiant Games are an indie team out of San Fran that may or may not have created two of the most celebrated games of recent years, Transistor and Bastion. Earlier today the team took to the internet to announce their third game and, judging from the first trailer (which you can view below), it looks like the same attention to detail and lovingly crafted designs are on show once again.
Set for a release in 2017, Pyre will take us to a world of fantasy, where a band of exiles come together to take on an ancient competition called the Rites, where to the victors go the spoils of freedom. Essentially a kind of purgatory, you begin the game having been revived by a group of wanderers, where the reality of the situation begins to take shape.
Though it’s early days yet, Pyre is already looking the goods. A party based role-playing game isn’t new, but in the hands of Supergiant you’re almost guaranteed a focus on rich narratives and characters you’ll come to admire, respect and perhaps cherish. There’s no suggestion of an overarching narrative character or a talking sword yet, but don’t be surprised if a similar beat is included, or perhaps another entirely original concept for which the studio is known for.
Currently Pyre is set to make its debut on both PS4 and Steam. That’s not to say it might not appear on other platforms in the future, but given Transistor released on the same platforms previously, it makes sense. We should have a lot more detail on the game very soon, as it debuts at PAX East in a few days. I’m genuinely excited to see where this goes, given the pedigree Supergiant has set, it’s just a shame it’s going to be a little while away before we get any hands on time. 2017 can’t come soon enough!
Mark Isaacson is a freelance journalist who would love to own a talking sword one day, or have Morgan Freeman narrate his life. One of the two would do.