Bastion and Transistor developer Supergiant Games has confirmed that its predictably eccentric, psychedelic sportsball tournament RPG Pyre is launching on Steam and PS4 on 25 July. The game has been in development for over three years now, and includes a single-player campaign featuring the studio’s “biggest and most imaginative world” yet, plus a two-player “ritual showdown” versus mode and a dog with a moustache.
“Pyre is a party-based RPG in which you lead a band of exiles to freedom through ancient competitions spread across a vast, mystical purgatory. Who shall return to glory, and who shall remain in exile to the end of their days?” reads the blurb on the game’s website.
“This is the biggest and most imaginative world yet from us at Supergiant! You’ll get to know an ensemble cast of characters struggling to earn back their freedom as you make your way across the forsaken land called the Downside. Characters in Pyre come in all shapes and sizes, from hulking demons grown strong from their struggle to survive, to the winged Harps, who plot against their enemies from their mountain nests. Everyone in Pyre has a unique story behind their exile, and their own reasons for wanting to return.”
Okay, but I want to know more about the dog with the moustache. I mean, was he banished because of the moustache? Can the moustache talk, and help the dog with simple maths equations? Maybe the moustache is like a metaphor for some sort of canine diaspora, which is actually a metaphor for the human condition, because, um, we’re all actually just… dogs, when you think about it. It’s probably not that.