Sharpen your steel, harden your heart and get ready to headbang in honour of the Great Horned Metal God, because on 21 September Slain: Back from Hell is set to carve a bloody swathe onto PlayStation 4, with a 10% price discount for all PS Plus members who buy the game in its first week of sale.
Set in a dark and archaic world, you take the role of the doomed hero Bathoryn, a grizzled warrior dragged reluctantly from his mortal slumber. He must slice and dice his way across the blighted realm of villainous Lord Vroll, vanquishing his many gruesome underlings and twisted boss lieutenants along the way.
Comprehensively augmented and refined for its release on PS4, the game blends brutally intense melee combat with unforgiving platform action (so the faint-hearted had best steer well clear). Our aim was to blend the best of classic 90’s-style hack’n slash games with modern gameplay dynamics, but freed from the wimpy hand-holding that has blighted recent mainstream efforts.
Your tools are a trusty sword, a flaming blade, an axe made from ice
and powerful mana magic, all of which you will need to employ strategically to avoid being eviscerated, immolated, skewered, burned and butchered.
Bathoryn has several powerful new abilities to help turn the tide against the foul hordes:
A charged-up Brutal Attack that requires careful timing to unleash its lethal force:
A Parry and Critical Strike riposte that deftly turns an enemy’s blow against them and inflicts massive damage:
A fearsome Mana Bolt that cuts through your massed foes with ease:
And a screen-clearing Mana Blast that wipes an area clean of the enemy.
The striking pixel art visuals of creator Andrew Gilmour bring your favourite metal album covers to gory, gothic life whilst the action is accompanied by a brooding soundtrack of purest heavy metal, penned by Curt Victor Bryant (formerly of the infamous band Celtic Frost).
Alongside the PS4 release, we’re aiming for Slain: Back From Hell to launch on Vita at the start of November.
May fire, ice and steel prevail!