Hey there, fellow travelers! I’m Maikel Ortega, a game designer working on the incredible world of Blasphemous. Our team is absolutely thrilled with the reception of our game, and I wanted to take this opportunity to share some exciting details about our first DLC, the massive free update known as The Stir of Dawn.
Embrace True Torment Mode
Once you’ve completed the main game, get ready to Ascend into our New Game+ mode called True Torment. In this merciless challenge, you’ll embark on a fresh playthrough while retaining all your hard-earned skills, like the powerful Rosary Beads, Sword Hearts, and Prayers. But beware, for the difficulty has been meticulously rebalanced to provide an even greater test. Enemies will be fiercer and deadlier, necessitating the effective use of your arsenal if you wish to survive the True Torment.
Choose Your Penitence
Prepare to push your limits even further with our Penitence System, accessible through a newly discovered altar at the start of your True Torment journey. These special challenges will force you to adopt new strategies, but conquering them will unlock permanent rewards. The Penitence of the Bleeding Heart pays homage to classic 8-bit titles like Castlevania, replacing your lifebar with Health Orbs. Every hit will deplete an orb, and enemies will respawn in each area, making it essential to learn their patterns if you wish to stay alive.
When embarking on the Penitence of the Unwavering Faith, your normal attacks with Mea Culpa will be severely weakened, but fear not, for constant Fervour regeneration will empower your Prayers and abilities. Carefully plan your build, select the most suitable Rosary Beads and Sword Hearts, and unleash devastating power.
For the ultimate challenge, choose the Penitence of the True Guilt. This grueling test transforms your Bile Flasks into Azure Flasks, no longer replenishing your health, but instead your fervour. Avoiding harm is imperative, as a single death will result in the permanent loss of your Guilt Fragments and Tears of Atonement. Seek out a Confessor Statue or retrieve your Fragment to salvage your hard-earned tears. Only the true masters of Blasphemous’ combat can rise above this daunting trial.
The Amanecidas Return
Ancient creatures, born and long-forgotten, will awaken from the depths of Cvstodia, seeking to halt the progress of The Penitent One. During your True Torment adventure, seek out Jibrael, the harbinger of these formidable beings, and follow his guidance to engage in five thrilling boss fights that surpass any challenges you have faced in Blasphemous before.
Enhancements to the Core Game
You don’t need to dive into True Torment to experience all the amazing new content! We’ve redesigned the map screen to enhance your exploration of the dark corners of Cvstodia. Additionally, we’ve added new shortcuts, areas, warp points, and NPCs throughout the world. Furthermore, we’ve improved the level art in existing areas, ensuring an even more visually captivating experience. And in response to the requests of players worldwide, we’ve introduced a full Spanish VO recorded by top-notch voice actors and actresses. This decision was a no-brainer for us as our game draws heavily from our rich culture.
As game designers, our top priority is to fine-tune the experience you’ll face in Blasphemous. With that in mind, we dedicated ample time to creating a satisfying True Torment mode while also revisiting the base game. Many Prayers, Rosary Beads, and player skills have been revisited, tweaked, and even undergone significant transformations. Summon an army of Cherubs with the improved Campanilleros Prayer, or stun your foes with a perfectly timed Sacred Onslaught, leaving them vulnerable to a devastating execution. And yes, we’ve added a bunch more of these thrilling enhancements too!
Whether you’re new to Blasphemous or a seasoned pilgrim, I am positive that you will relish your journeys through the updated world of Cvstodia. May your heart be filled with sorrow, even as you conquer the unyielding challenges that await.
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