Two of my favorite studios had some exciting news yesterday. Square Enix's studio Tokyo RPG Factory, creators of I Am Setsuna, announced their new game Lost Sphear, which is set to release in early 2018. Super Giant Games, creators of the classics Bastion and Transistor, dropped the release date, July 25, for their next hit Pyre.
Lost Sphear is a JRPG that focuses on a young boy named Kanata from a remote town. Kanata awakens from a horrifying dream to find his town is disappearing. As the world vanishes, Kanata and his comrades set out to rebuild the world with the power of Memory, which manifests matter through thoughts.
Tokyo RPG Factory has enhanced the gameplay with a modified battle system from I Am Setsuna. Players will be able to strategize and freely adjust their placement mid-battle. The developers also boast seamless environments and various locations to explore, which touches on a criticism of their first game which only showed different variations of snowy lands.
Lost Sphear is scheduled to drop in early 2018 on the Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Steam.
Super Giant Games has developed some of the best games of the last decade. Bastion and Transistor look beautiful and have killer soundtracks, and it looks like that pedigree is continuing with Pyre. Centered around a group of exiles competing for their freedom in a series of competitions, Prye could be one of the best games of the year. The game focuses on three-on-three battles in intense close-quarters combat, where the objective is to extinguish the other team’s signal fire. Before each battle, you will choose three party members to participate in the combat.
Pyre is shaping up to be Super Giant Games’ biggest and most innovative game yet, and it also features two-player local competitive matches where you can choose from 20 of the different characters you meet in the game.
Pyre is set to release on July 25 on PS4 and Steam for $19.99.