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Gorgeous gothic action-platformer Blasphemous gets big free update in August

Blasphemous, developer The Game Kitchen’s excellent 2D take on the Souls-like Metroidvania formula, is getting a sizeable chunk of free DLC on 4th August, introducing the likes of a New Game Plus mode, new story content, and more.

Blasphemous, which released last September, follows the tribulations of a pointy hatted fellow with a barbed-wire sword known as The Penitent One. His journey leads players across the accursed kingdom of Cvstodia, a desolate, but also lavishly presented – Blasphemous’ art is frequently stunning – world of dark religious iconography, monsters, and encroaching madness.

It’s all very Dark Souls in both tone and basic mechanics – expect the equivalent of rejuvenatory, world-resetting rest points and the like – but it features some wonderfully satisfying combat and exploration as players slowly unlock new areas of the labyrinthine kingdom, as well as some unforgettable imagery, and some genuinely intriguing lore.

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