Supergiant Games — the team behind classics Bastion and Transistor — has just announced its next project, a moody role-playing game called Pyre. The studio describes it as a game about leading "a band of exiles through an ancient competition spread across a vast, mystical purgatory," and like Supergiant's previous releases, it looks absolutely gorgeous.
Aside from that, though, we don't know a lot about Pyre just yet. It will feature a large cast of characters, according to the studio, and there will be at least some focus on making important decisions throughout your journey. The combat is described as "fast" and "action-packed." Here's how Supergiant sets up the story:
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 in store 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.
Like Transistor and Bastion, Pyre seems to have a very distinct vibe, blending elements of fantasy and Westerns. Unfortunately, it'll be some time before we get to try the full experience: Pyre isn't launching until 2017, when it will be coming to both the PlayStation 4 and Steam.