Sacred Fire - All News
Thursday - October 20, 2022
Sacred Fire - Act 2 available
Act 2 for the historical RPG Sacred Fire is now available:
Act 2 — Player Choices & Consequences Update
To boost role-playing even more, we’re adding a lot of new player choices and story beats to the game based on your feedback and suggestions. A big thank you to all of the testers on Discord for helping us make these new additions as immersive, tense, and fun as possible!
NOTE: there will be spoilers ahead for Act 2 — proceed at your own risk!
- Yes, you can kill your opponents in both Act 2 duels
- Yes, you can avoid all injury in Act 2 (both the back-stabbing and the spear)
Here are the changes and additions in detail:
Tuesday - October 19, 2021
Sacred Fire - Early Access Out
Henriquejr spotted that the Early Access of Sacred Fire had just been released.
Sacred Fire Early Access -- OUT NOW!
It has been a long time coming, but we are thrilled to announce that Sacred Fire is now available in Early Access! The journey is of course far from over, but we are so happy to have reached this milestone.
We set out not just to create a game, but an immersive story that you truly play. This Early Access release, containing the first act of the story, should already give you the deep, immersive experience we aimed to build.loading...
Here is what you can expect from Sacred Fire in its current state:
- Act 1 of a highly branching, immersive narrative.
- Every choice counts, making the story highly replayable as you uncover all the different outcomes.
- Real role-playing reminiscent of TTRPGs. Consider your character's emotional state when making decisions.
- A cast of intriguing and living characters, each with their own wants, needs, and ambitions.
- A beautiful soundtrack that takes you on a journey to ancient Caledonia.
Friday - June 18, 2021
Sacred Fire - Demo and Release Window
Sacred Fire currently has a demo available as part of Steam Next Fest and has announced its release window for Steam Early Access.
New Trailer, Demo At The Steam Next Fest, and Release Window!
We're excited to share a bunch of announcements with you. Starting with a brand new trailer! It shows you the enemy you fight: the merciless and seemingly endless Roman legions. Take a look below.loading...
Steam Next Fest
Of course, we wouldn't just make a new trailer for nothing. Starting June 16th, you will be able to get your hands on the first public demo of Sacred Fire during the Steam Next Fest! The demo will let you play through the first chapter of the story with updated visuals and in-game choices, as well as voice acting. Doug Cockle, best known as Geralt in the Witcher franchise, is cast as the voice of your older brother. Joining him are Michelle Gonzo as your childhood friend, and Ben Britton as a local bully.
We can't wait for you all to get your hands on the demo. Make sure you join us on the official Sacred Fire Discord to discuss and compare your playthrough of the demo with the rest of the community when it goes live!
Note: the demo will only be available for the duration of Steam Next Fest (June 16th-22nd), so make sure you try it out in time!
We're not done with the announcements just yet. We're proud to announce that Sacred Fire will be coming to Early Access in Fall 2021!
The choice to launch in Early Access comes after careful consideration. We understand this makes the wait for the finished experience longer, but the key factor outweighing everything else, is that we believe, involving the community and listening to your feedback, is the way to create the best possible game. It feels like a natural step for us to take, as Sacred Fire, since it’s first inception as a purely text-based experience, was developed with community playtesting and community feedback.
The Early Access version will contain full character creation and customization, and the first of three acts, introducing many of the companion characters, tough dilemmas and turn-based boss fights. The first act is a contained story with a rewarding ending and offers thousands of choices, two completely separate story branches and plenty of nuanced differences when playing as a male or a female protagonist.
We hope you're as excited as we are! Make sure you join us on Discord to discuss the news, or leave a comment down below.
Thursday - September 03, 2020
Sacred Fire - A Psychological RPG
PC Gamer report on Sacred Fire and say emotions are key.
Sacred Fire is an upcoming RPG set in ancient Scotland that uses a system based around psychological decisions and emotional development in gameplay. Players will manipulate their allies and enemies' motivations to succeed you're encouraged to "control your emotions and outsmart your opponents to turn the odds into your favor."
And yes, that's the voice of Doug Cockle on the trailer. He's also known for playing Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher series.
Tuesday - July 24, 2018
Sacred Fire - July Update
The preview for backers of Sacred Fire has almost been completed. The July update also answers a fan question about which RPG rulesets inspired Sacred Fire.
Here’s our July update regarding the progress of the development of Sacred Fire and a short piece by Andrej about RPG rulesets that inspired Sacred Fire.
We’re almost done coding the preview which is planned to be delivered to those of you in the Firestarter and higher tiers this summer (you can still back Sacred Fire on Indiegogo to receive it). Our coder Blade is putting finishing touches to our narrative/RPG engine and we have done a lot of progress in finalizing the writing for the preview.
Andrej has added unique failure consequences to almost every choice. This makes the whole narrative experience even more special. There’s a different consequence when you fail to quietly pick up your weapons or when you fail to speak up in front of other people.
In the former case, your sword may fall on the ground, make noise and somebody may notice, but definitely your anger rises and you lose your confidence.
In the latter case, nobody knows that you wanted to speak up, so nothing really happens. Although it may have a psychological consequences for you. That’s one of the areas when our psychological mechanics really shine.
Unity has recently added the possibility to use transparency in videos which is good news and it will substantially reduce the size of the Sacred Fire installation.
We’re also working on the final editing and proofreading for the preview. What’s ahead of us is also playtesting before we can send it off to backers. We will have a Discord channel to discuss things with the preview testers directly. After we collect the feedback, we’ll be able to estimate and plan the final release.
Keep your fingers crossed.
And here’s a short piece by Andrej, which was triggered by a question on an RPG forum.
What RPG rulesets inspired Sacred Fire
“The first inspiration and influence was a funny situation when I was a kid and briefly borrowed a D&D rulebook from a friend. I went through it and had to return it soon. The following day my friend told me he had burned it. He became convinced it was occult literature.
But it had the inevitable effect of me starting to create my own rulesets. As a kid I had no idea where to buy such a book.
Later I came across different systems in video games. I liked the Fallout traits and perks, but there were things I felt were missing, such as the simplicity of the alignment system in D&D and the lack of use of charisma.
One influence that stands out for me is the P&P ruleset of The Riddle of Steel, with its intricate set of detailed combat rules.
The great thing about P&P is the group of people and the GM. The bad thing about the P&P is the group of people and the GM. So another inspiration came when I wanted to do something outside the box and the GM just wouldn’t go for it. Or when someone was out of character and the GM wouldn’t call bullshit on it.
I was also inspired by books and movies. In fairy tales, the hero wins because he has a magic sword and a magic horse. In serious stories, the hero wins or survives with inner strength: cunning, willpower, beliefs, or hope.
Then there was a real life experience from rock climbing. Fear affects your performance in a brutal way. Yet, all the characters in the RPGs I played perform at a peak level no matter what.
I understood that the reason why P&P doesn’t bring these aspects (personality, emotions, motivation, relationships…) into the ruleset is that it would bring the live session to a halt for each interaction.
So my idea was to implement all this in a cRPG. There would be no slow-down as a computer can run the numbers and determine for example how likely it is that you find the courage to speak up to a bully. And it can crank all the numbers, such as:
– you predisposition to fear,
– your history with bullying,
– your history with this character,
– their appearance,
– their renown and allies,
– the circumstances you are in,
– and who is witnessing the situation.
I really hoped someone would make such a cRPG. I remember thinking Peter Molyneaux would do it, when he first started to talk about the first Fable. Then I thought that the next Elder Scrolls would do it. It wasn’t quite what I had expected.
That being said, I do like the Witcher games and the Shadowrun games. They have serious focus on storytelling and characters, where the devs don’t just think about WHO the characters are, but WHO YOU get to be to these characters.”
What are you favorite narrative and RPG games, that push the boundaries of storytelling and explore characters in depth?
Wednesday - November 01, 2017
Sacred Fire - Kickstarter Update
Hurls spotted Kickstarter update #21 for Sacred Fire - an interesting discussion about hiding success percentages is going on:
Update #21: Design Focus: Are probabilities ruining role-playing experience?
We’ve got a great question from Kamen42 in the comments section of our Kickstarter. He was rewatching Sacred Fire trailers and had an intriguing idea: wouldn’t it be more fun if we hide the success probabilities of choices in Sacred Fire? And the idea seemed so interesting, that Andrej wrote an insightful answer that deserves a full-blown Design Focus update.
If you’d like to refresh how probabilities work in Sacred Fire, you can watch our developers commentary here.
First, here’s the question from Kamen42. It’s a shortened version of his original comments. And below it is Andrej’s take on it.
Kamen42: With each action there are percentages of success. I was wondering if there will be a mode where these percentages are not visible. I think it would be really interesting to play without knowing what chance of success your actions have.
When players have several options how to act, they usually have one that they like the most. However, when they see the chances of success, they might be discouraged and end up doing something else.
I caught myself doing this several times when playing games like Torment. After that I sometimes had a feeling that I don't play the game, that I am merely doing what the game suggests I should do.
Sure, turning the percentages off would definitely lead to making some bad decisions, some that are doomed to fail, but that way the story is entirely in the player's hands. We would be the ones making the decisions. And if we fail, at least we fail doing something we believed.
Tuesday - April 11, 2017
Sacred Fire - Funded!
Sacred Fire has funded and with two days still to go there is time for a stretch goal of further character customization.
100% Funded! Thank you! You did it!
Thank you! You did it! Sacred Fire is funded and it's all thanks to you.
Every single one of you made it possible.
It seems to me like it was yesterday, but we launched the campaign already 25 days ago. It's been 4 weeks filled with hard work, little triumphs, anticipation and not so much sleep. :)
And it was all worth it. There's over 1,100 people who want to see Sacred Fire becoming a reality. We're humbled and thankful.
What's amazing, there's still 3 days to go. So what's next?
It's not just about the stretch goals. The bigger success the campaign is, the easier it is for us to attract talent and partners. This will leave us with more time to make the core experience better, work on polish and balance and add choices and replay value.
We are looking forward to making a great game for you.
We've made a big step in creating a strong and dedicated community. We are excited to see there are people who appreciate innovation and storytelling. Thank you for your feedback, we couldn't have wished for a better community.
Let's make Sacred Fire the best it can be!
To recap, here's the next stretch goal to further enhance Sacred Fire experience.
One of Sacred Fire's strengths is its unique visual style and focus on character creation. It's the deepest and most thought out design aspect of Sacred Fire, as it allows you to develop your own playstyle and create your own hero. So our first stretch goal expands this fundamental part of the game and gives you even more self-expression options with focus on variety of:
- colors, outfits and hairstyles,
- faces, scars and paint patterns,
- jewelry and more awesome beards.
So how far can we go?
The story is yours to tell. :)
Your very happy poetic team,
Andrej & Martin
Thursday - April 06, 2017
Sacred Fire - Kickstarter Update #8
Sacred Fire is close to be funded with 6 days to go:
84% and 1,000+ Backers! Design Focus: Characters and Romance
Thank you all for your trust and for spreading the word.
Sacred Fire got covered by Kotaku a couple of days back and I believe your support made this happen. We are over 1,000 strong.
In the last couple of days we were busy preparing the ending for the campaign, so in this design focus I will cover several themes to make it up to you. :)
In our mind, a good RPG is ultimately all about the characters. Character creation, combat and game mechanics may draw you in and engaging story choices keep you interested. But what creates the memorable moments, are the characters you've grown to love, hate or care about.
This is why in Sacred Fire we’ve invested a lot into developing a strong and varied cast and a design that combines character driven storytelling with innovative mechanics. So let's start with the basics.
In Sacred Fire, we do not look at relationships as good or bad progress bars. We measure them in strength: how many emotions and memories you experienced together, how meaningful this relationship is to you. There are many positive relationship states (Respect, Admiration, Gratitude, Friendship, Attraction and Romance) and negative states, we call Blocks. Blocks are either Fear based (Prejudice, Terror, Responsibility) or Anger based (Aversion, Betrayal, Envy).
Monday - March 27, 2017
Sacred Fire - Rethinking Choices & Consequences
Sacred Fire has reached 50% of its goal on Kickstarter with 16 days remaining. The latest update talks about the games attitude to choices and consequences.
So let's dive into what we do differently and let's start with the why: while we love many RPGs, from Fallout to Shadowrun Returns to The Witcher, we think RPGs usually have a pacing problem, where story and gameplay do not support each other, but fight each other.
Either the story is good and you want to flip to the next page, but you need to clear another level of monsters first. Or the combat is fun but you cannot wait to click through the dialogues.
What if the game worked differently?
What if gameplay and story supported each other?
Another issue narrative games have is that they present arbitrary challenges to compensate for the fact, that there is no challenge in clicking on dialogue options. So they use writing that misleads players, obscure the consequences and add time limits, or Quick Time Events.
What if the basic interaction with the story would be tactical? We could write better stories and our players could get satisfaction for succeeding in making a tough choice.
So I've just described 2 typical problems I see in RPGs: disconnect between the story and the combat and arbitrary challenges.
Sacred Fire is using a numeric personality model to connect story choices and combat actions and make them support each other:
In addition, we apply the following 4 principles in the design of choices and consequences to solve the two problems I identified above:
You have to earn the right to make a tough call
If a story choice you want to make is out-of-character for the personality you've developed, you need to pass a probability check. To boost your chances you can use willpower points.
As a reward, making a tough choice develops your personality and helps you level up.
Choices shape your character as much as actions
Story choices shape your character's personality and this way indirectly affect his ability to perform at the peak of his ability.
Furthermore inner monologue gives the player's character the ability to interpret and comment on what's happening in the story. What are your thoughts on failure, injustice, or brutality in a scene?
Friday - March 17, 2017
Sacred Fire - On Kickstarter
Sacred Fire - a psychological RPG about revenge and loyalty is now on Kickstarter:
What is Sacred Fire?
Sacred Fire is a role-playing game where your success and solutions to conflicts lie in the psychology of the characters, not in weapons, attacks, and damage types.
You do not start as a leader – your right to lead must be earned through self-control, willpower, and influence. Will you embrace revenge or fight for a better world? Will you be strong enough to face the consequences of your decisions?loading...
Tuesday - February 14, 2017
Sacred Fire - On Steam Greenlight
You can now vote for the psychological RPG, Sacred Fire, on Steam Greenlight. I am not sure what a psychological RPG is, but it is certainly not about psychologists.
Sacred Fire - A Psychological RPG
Poetic Studio's narrative RPG, featuring Doug Cockle (The Witcher 3), enters Steam Greenlight
Banská Bystrica, Slovakia - February 13, 2017/... Independent developer Poetic Studio has announced that its turn-based, psychological RPG Sacred Fire, featuring the vocal talents of Doug Cockle (Geralt from The Witcher 3), has entered Steam Greenlight.
Sacred Fire is a game about survival, power and hope, where players lead a band of resistance fighters in ancient Caledonia, taking on the invading forces of the Roman Empire. Sacred Fire is not just about the outer, physical struggle for survival, but also about gaining political influence and the pursuit of inner balance.
Poetic Studio's ambitious debut, which deliberately avoided a fantasy setting, has already garnered industry interest through its first gameplay teaser, 'Something More', which featured voice actor Doug Cockle. Sacred Fire requires tactical thinking in a story full of risk-based choices and combat. Using Poetic Studio's bespoke Emotions & Motivations storytelling platform, players can resolve conflicts by using a combination of smarts, skill, looks or empathy. To do so, they must build inner balance by coping with fear and anger. Only a stable and strong personality can win respect with bravery in combat and see through the traps set by cunning opponents.
Poetic Studio is preparing a Kickstarter campaign for March of this year. Currently, it is collecting votes on Steam Greenlight.
Saturday - December 31, 2016
Sacred Fire - Roadmap
Here's the development roadmap for Sacred Fire:
Sacred Fire Roadmap
We understand that you all want to play the game and every other news seems like a distraction, but your voice is critical to move us forward to the final release. Let’s look at why and what’s in front of us.
Creating a unique RPG experience at this visual level takes time and this is the ground we need to cover to make Sacred Fire amazing:
Stage Goal Time frame Steam Greenlight Concepts Get feedback on pitch, build a presence on Steam December 2016 Steam Greenlight Get feedback on game, get the attention of Valve January 2017 Kickstarter Finishing funds, amazing rewards for fans, get alpha and beta players March 2017 Preview release First playable version for Firestarters Guild members and ALL Kickstarter backers Summer 2017 Alpha release Debugging, hands on feedback Late 2017 Beta release Balancing, polish Gold The sweet polished version of Sacred Fire Spring 2018
And you, our fan, are at the center of this plan. Without you getting involved, Sacred Fire won’t be possible.
Our roadmap is a chain of events, one leading into the other and building its results. It’s possible that Valve notices we have a strong Greenlight campaign and gives us an extra push to build a bigger community before Kickstarter. We can then get into appealing rewards to make Kickstarter more attractive. So then Kickstarter has a better chance to hit the goal in the first days. What next? A swiftly funded project can get more coverage and raise even more funds. The game is able to get more content and polish. We can even bring in more star talent, as voice over legend Troy Baker, Joel from The Last of Us, has shown interest and is watching our development.
So to get to the Gold experience, your help is essential and we invite you to co-create Sacred Fire.
We’ve already started with Steam Greenlight Concepts. You can read more in our blog post titled Sacred Fire is on Steam Greenlight Concepts or you can visit our Steam Greenlight Concept page to vote for us now.
Wednesday - December 07, 2016
Sacred Fire - Pre-Alpha Gameplay Tease
Sacred Fire has a pre-alpha gameplay video for your perusal titled "Something More". Check out the blog here which goes into detail about how Sacred Fire ended up with the voice of the Witcher.
Sacred Fire is a turn-based psychological RPG about survival, power and hope, inspired by ancient Caledonia.
Sign up for updates at http://www.SacredFireGame.com/join/
Build your will to show courage in battle and cunning in the throne room. Rise through renown, blackmail, or loyalty and inspire others to crush Rome or to build a nation.
Create a hero reflecting your beliefs and express your motives in inner dialogues. Use force, smarts, skills, looks and empathy to compete for power and to survive deadly duels.
You start on the run, with nothing but your wits and will. Can you avoid traps, spot lies and rise to lead a resistance? Can you hold on to your humanity?
The game will be available on Steam (PC, Mac & Linux).
Voice Actor: Doug Cockle, the voice of Geralt of Rivia, The Witcher
Thursday - April 17, 2014
Sacred Fire - A 2D Tactical Narrative RPG
I just found out about this following RPG game today, and I have to say the developer has my interest. The game is called Sacred Fire , and made by a studio called Poetic.
Poetic is a one man independent game studio formed in 2014 by Andrej Vojtas, bringing meaningful and innovative narrative games to life.
The game is described as the following.
Sacred Fire is a narrative RPG, integrating story and gameplay by using emotions in both combat and dialogue. Inspired by ancient Caledonia, the story follows a band of survivors caught up in a century long conflict.
Launching in 2015 for Win, OSX, Linux, iOS and Android.
Story affects gameplay
All choices shape your personality, building your ability to control your emotions. Emotions affect all performance.
Gameplay affects story
All actions affect your renown and relations, building your influence. You need influence to change story events.
All characters evolve
Each turn, all characters’ influence evolves. Find allies and a way to stay ahead of your opponents.
They also have a new one minute teaer trailer to share.