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Slain slashes it’s way onto PlayStation Vita

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ANdrew Gilmour/ Digerati are pleased to announce Slain: Back from Hell has made the epic journey on to PlayStation Vita (with help from 22nd Century Toys). Blood-thirsty Vita owners in the US can download Slain now (11/22) and tomorrow in Europe (11/23)….so now you can get Slain on the bus, train, couch or toilet.

Slain: Back from Hell is available as Cross Buy with PlayStation 4 for $14.99/ 13.99 Euros.

Sony Store Link – https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/slain-back-from-hell/cid=UP2187-PCSE00974_00-0000000000000000

Back from Hell out on PS4 today!

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Its been an interesting journey for Slain, but its is very much Back from Hell and available now on PSN in North America with the EU version launching tomorrow. Slain has a 10% PS Plus discount launching at $13.49 ($14.99 standard price with cross buy) with the PS Vita version launching the start of November.

Sony America PS4 Game page – https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/slain-back-from-hell/cid=UP2187-CUSA06283_00-0000000000000000

And in case you missed the features on the PS Blog:

https://blog.eu.playstation.com/2016/09/19/heavy-metal-inspired-action-title-slain-back-from-hell-unleashes-on-ps4-this-week/

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2016/09/19/slain-back-from-hell-out-september-20-on-ps4/

Slain: Back From Hell Will Be Unleashed today (August 1st) & Comes With Free Gifting Code

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OK, the Day Of Darkness, The Hour of Despair, The Moment of Truth is finally here…

The long-gestating update for Slain is set to drop at 6am PDT/8am CST/2pm GMT!

As a burnt offering and heartfelt ‘thank you’ to those that have been with us from the start at 11am PDT/1pm CDT/7pm GMT we’re giving each and every pre-existing purchaser of Slain on Steam a free gifting code, so you can bestow a copy on your most hardcore gamer buddy.

All New Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5NakGttzWg&feature=youtu.be

This set of augmentations and fixes has turned into something much deeper than just a ‘patch’ – it’s more like a re-launch, hence the game’s new name. Our aim is that it will address every issue within gameplay, visuals, audio and functionality to bring Slain up to the highly polished standard we always intended it to be.
We’ve significantly changed and improved pretty much every single element of the game’s look and feel in the last two months and endeavoured to assimilate all of your (very useful) feedback – below is a summary of what’s been worked upon.

STRUCTURE
• Difficulty curve has been completely re-calibrated.
• Checkpoint spacing has been re-regulated to allay difficulty spikes.
• Comprehensive review of health/mana pick-up frequency and placement to ensure improved balance.
• Total overhaul of tutorial elements.

ENEMIES
• More complex and challenging behaviours for nearly all enemies, including added secondary attacks and augmented AI.
• Four brand new highly lethal enemy types.
• More challenging flying creature attack patterns
• Cursed Souls will steal Mana instead of damaging the player.

BOSSES
• Comprehensive additions and refinements to all existing boss encounters.
• 3 all-new bosses, including an epic multi-stage battle with the villainous Lord Vroll!

FUNCTIONALITY
• Hit detection improvement between Bathoryn’s weapons and enemies

CONTROL
• Weapons can be switched whilst on the move.
• Jump height is now controllable.
• Subtle refinements to hero’s movement characteristics to increase ‘feel’.

COMBAT
• ‘Brutal Attack’ introduced that requires skilful timing to execute, provides huge visual reward and inflicts massive damage.
• New parry ability and ensuing Critical Strike riposte.
• Fireball and magical bolts can now be reflected back to the target with a carefully-timed sword swing.
• Enemies have vulnerability to steel, ice or flame weaponry, necessitating tactical switching on the fly.
• Larger creatures can be hit in the head for extra damage.
• Dedicated block button.
• ‘Dash back’ now more responsive and effective.

MANA
• Mana can be harvested from enemies that are killed by high-value attacks
• Mana Spirit now has two levels of power and can carve straight through enemies.
• Mana abilities now on dedicated Mana button.

VISUALS
• Improved hit impact animation feedback from enemies.
• ‘Correct’ elemental weapon usage particle splash and positive audio feedback effects.
• General improvement in smoothness and quality of character animations.
• Seamless scene transitions.
• Backgrounds no longer blend with the foreground and characters.
• Aesthetic and practical overhaul to many characters.
• Two scan line modes for that authentically retro CRT look.

AUDIO
• Almost 100% revamped audio – a multitude of additional sound effects, ambient sounds and new music (including extra tracks from Curt Victor Bryant over the next few weeks).
• Improved sound balance between music and effects.

CAMERA
• Camera now keeps Bathoryn in-frame when falling and shifts position in anticipation to avoid ‘leaps of faith’

FRONT END
• Overhauled Save system
• Comprehensive options functionality.
• Tutorial recap function.

NARRATIVE
• 100% re-scripted dialogue.
• Additional background lore
• Fleshed-out story denouement and enigmatic epilogue.

REWARDS
• New multi-part pickup with valuable gameplay effect hidden in secret challenge areas
• Headbang to honour victory – in the name of the Great Horned Metal God!

ACHIEVEMENTS
• 30 Merciless Steam Achievements!

You can read in even more detail the entire devlog of the changes here: http://steamcommunity.com/app/369070/allnews/

Obviously we’ve been striving hard to iron out any bugs, glitches and wrinkles in the code but if you spot anything weird or have any feedback at all then please don’t hesitate to report it via the pinned topic here: http://steamcommunity.com/app/369070/discussions/0/353915309352468427/

And remember – ALL HAIL THE GREAT HORNED METAL GOD

The Story of Slain

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Slain! is the dark and twisted brainchild of Andrew Gilmour and Asa Dang.

A metal head with over 25 years in the gaming industry, Andrew, has worked at a whole array of studios including Naughty Dog, Imagitek Designs, Gametek, Cyclone Studios, 3DO, Ritual Entertainment and Frozen Codebase.

An amalgamation of Andrew’s love for music and gothic art, Slain! was born from Andrew’s frustration with the lack of games on the market that really appealed to his artstyle and interests. Andrew chose to pick up the mantle himself and decided to build the game that HE wanted to play.

Asa’s résumé includes Saffire, Sensory Sweep, Frozen Codebase and Rockstar Games. Another passionate headbanger, Asa left the team at Rockstar Games to invest his time and expertise in Slain!.

The story of Slain! begins roughly 3.5 years ago, when Andrew officially started working on the project, but there are concepts dating back to ten years ago!

 

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