Soul at Stake is an oriental-themed 1v4 surviving horror game. There once was an luring urban myth saying that if one can win the game would gain countless money, and his/her destiny would instantly change to become the mightiest overnight. All the participants need only one stake——their souls.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“What we see most in this mode is that we, as independent developers, are able to experience the development process with the players together. Despite some imperfections, unstable functions and bugs in the current production, we would love to have you with us to improve our work to be better.
From the small test before, the players could always find some overlooked details and reminded us to make corrections and improvements, which was exactly what we wanted to see. For this, our team gained more motivations and had a lot fun, and more confidence in our work. Based on the suggestions and feedback from players all over the world, we will combine them with our ideas to perfect our work.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We are aiming to be in early access for 6-12 months, but the date could be moved due to additional quality changes and overall polishment. With your help, we believe that this process will not be long.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The early access version might have imperfect functions, which will be updated gradually in the phase of early access. Also, based on the feedback that we received, new characters, systems and gameplays, etc. might be added. Just like our initial test, many warm-hearted players helped us design new characters providing with ideas and suggestions, which we are indeed practising now. In the current plan, our complete version includes the followings:
  • Constantly add more Gamblers
  • Constantly add more Devils
  • Add more scenes in terms of the new Devils
  • More perfect balance
  • More complete EDU system
  • More items
  • Daily quest
  • Friend grouping
  • More precise functions in private rooms
  • Steam Achievement
  • Clothing system, to provide more clothes and outlooks to make the character seem different
  • In-game activities
  • More languages depending on the situation

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The gameplay in the early access version is what we want to present to you. You might need to have some understanding over the rules before so that you know what to do in the game and cooperate with your teammates in time. Though we are now constantly simplifying the rules and system, for a new player, understanding and learning the rules are still necessary. You might forget what you know about this kind of game first for now and put your heart and mind into this game, then you will notice the differences and enjoy them.
The current version is highly playable already, you can try all characters and find a favorite one. The system requirement of the game is medium, yet if you want to run in highest quality, some better hardwares might be needed as well. Meantime, we will keep perfecting the game.
Here are the available contents in early access version:
  • Gamblers: 4 Gamblers, each has a unique skill.
  • Devils: 3 Devils, each has a unique skill.
  • Maps: 3 map scenes, each map scene is unique in style with heavy oriental features, and related to the back stories of the three Devils.
  • Items: 6 items, 3 for each Gamblers and Devils, suiting all the current strategies.
  • EDU: Only initial-level EDU system is open for now. Players can raise their favorite characters by constant gaming to gain more powerful abilities.
  • Ranks: Victories can get you to higher ranks.
  • Tutorial: Build-in tutorials in game can help you learn the game fast.
  • Balance: We dare not say that the balance is perfect, which is also the hardest to achieve in competitive games. However we can guarantee you this, once both sides have learned how to play, you will have the real fun. Meanwhile, we shall make adjustments over balance based on the feedback.

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price will NOT be raised after Early Access.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Our team is constantly collecting suggestions and feedback from players in the communities. We believe that communicating with players is an essential work. Though we already have a plan for our future updates and development, we still encourage you to provide us your brilliant ideas and suggestions. We will write them down and try to bring them into the game. Don’t be upset if your idea wasn’t adopted by us because these ideas will guide us in future updates and developing directions.
In terms of the bugs that you have encountered in the game, please do not hesitate to notify us via community channels. No matter due to the different configurations of thousands computers or the terrible code-writing from our programmers, please let us know when there is a bug. We shall eliminate them!”
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October 18

Player Event 27-28 Oct.2018

Thank you 海斗 - Kaito and MysticBiscuit for writing and hosting the event. Background fanart by @壳中蝎/veronician(Weibo). Infographic by Leandhart.
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September 29

Patch Notes-Sept.30, 2018

Functions & Features
1. Season 1 prizes added. The Gamblers and Devils who reached Rank 1 will be rewarded on September 30, 4pm PDT. Then the second season begins.
2. Added the season prizes display function to the main lobby.(Available from September 30, 4pm PDT)
3. Added the Thank You List to the main lobby.
4. Added the silhouette cards of new characters.

Bug Fixes
1. Fixed an issue that prevented the invisible status from being stunned by a Soul Bell.
2. Fixed the incorrect color display of wounded Gamblers when The Prince equipped the Cheat card "Soul Grasp". The aura of wounded Gamblers should be displayed in purple.

Balancing Adjustment
1. Adjusted the AFK penalty. The mechanics changed from a timer to a cumulative progress. An AFK Gambler(stationary) will trigger a buildup in a progression bar. If the bar is full, Ghost Xi'E will reveal the Gambler's aura to the Devil. The progress bar will decrease slowly when the Gambler is no longer AFK.
2. Added an auditory warning to the Bear Trap. The Devil will hear an auditory warning when a Gambler is trapped by a Bear Trap.
3. Daisy's Cheat card "Conceal" can prevent the auditory warning of the Bear Trap from playing.
4. The scores Devils earn from a Bear Trap will be shown after the Bear Trap has trapped a Gambler and been dismantled.
5. The process of removing a curse will start over if the action was interrupted.
6. The process of healing a wounded or a seriously wounded Gambler will start over if the QTE failed or the action was interrupted. If the Gambler used the poker cards to self-heal, the process will be rolled back to the self-healing status.
7. The movement speed of seriously wounded Gamblers is decreased from 0.65 m/s to 0.4 m/s.
8. The Witch's cooldown of attacks is increased from 2 seconds to 2.4 seconds.
9. Decreased the casting time of The Witch's ability from 2 seconds to 1.5 seconds.
10. Adjusted the effect of the Devil's Cheat card "Insight": After a Gambler fails a QTE on a card holder, the card holder will expose the aura of the Gamblers who are sealing it to the Devil for X seconds.
11. Adjusted the effect of The Corpse's Cheat card "Death Thrill": Whenever a Gambler within (20/27/35 → 30/40/50 meters) fails in QTE, this Gambler will be stunned for (1.2 → 2 seconds).
12. Adjusted the effect of The Prince's Cheat card "Death Breath": Seriously wounded Gamblers cannot be seen by the other Gamblers outside (45/30/15 → 30/20/10 meters).
13. Adjusted the effect of The Prince's Cheat card "Soul Grasp": Your ability to sense wounded and seriously wounded gamblers is increased by (3/6/9 → 10/15/20 meters).
14. Adjusted the effect of the Devil's Cheat card "Bloodthirst": The cooldown of the attacks is reduced by (5%/10%/15% → 10%/20%/30%).
15. Adjusted the effect of The Bride's Cheat card "Baleful Gaze": Whenever you teleport to a mirror image, increase the aura detection range against Gamblers by (3/6/9 → 10/15/20 meters) for (4 → 8 seconds).
16. Adjusted the effect of the Devil's Cheat card "Desperation": When Gamblers only have to seal one more cardholder to win, reveal the aura of all Gamblers for (7/10/15 → 30/45/60 seconds).
17. Optimized the aiming mechanics of The Witch. Increased the effective range of The Witch's ability.
18. Adjusted the effect of Angie's Cheat card "Sensation": Increase the range of Devil's heartbeat by (1/2/4 → 1/1.5/2 meters).
19. Adjusted the effect of Angie's Cheat card "Foreshadow": You can hear your own heartbeats when you are within (3.5/5/6.5 → 3/4/5 meters) from the Devil while running.
20. Adjusted the effect of the Gambler's Cheat card "Resilience": When you are seriously wounded again, your health will not be reduced to the execution line. Instead, you lose (25%/10%/0% → 45%/35%/25%) of your current health.
21. Adjusted the visual effects of The Prince's ability.
22. Adjusted the effect of Daniel's Cheat card "Grit": You free yourself (5%/10%/15% → 30%/40%/50%) faster from traps.
23. Adjusted the effect of The Witch's Cheat card "Curse of Doom": Your ability to sense cats is increased by (3/5/7 → 5/10/15 meters).
24. Lowered the volume of the chasing music.
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About This Game

Soul at Stake is an oriental-themed 1v4 surviving horror game. There once was an luring urban myth saying that if one can win the game would gain countless money as prize, and his/her destiny would instantly change to become the mightiest overnight. All the participants need only one stake——their souls. In the strange and lifeless scene, four gamblers are trying to run away from the devil, but there is no exit. All they can do is to perform a mystery sealing ritual to expel the devil and redeem their souls.

A Tempting Gamble

No one knows that this soul-gambling game is nothing but a hoax made by a ghost called Xi’E (from In Search of the Supernatural, Jin Dynasty). Ghost Xi’E is evil in its nature yet not powerful and unable to perform killing, yet it is a demon who wishes everyone to be evil. It uses the greed in people and lures them to the gamble to perform this cruel soul-gambling game after game.
Ghost Xi’E uses its unique power to build dreams, turning the gambling game into a small illusion, luring the participants in it. For those who are inside this illusion, this gambling game is nothing but a real killing game. They will be hunted by devils during the escape, and Ghost Xi’E would conjure many cardholders to allow people to expel those devils who are also the poor souls that are imprisoned by Ghost Xi’E.
Cheated by Ghost Xi’E, gamblers join the game one by one, which keeps the game alive. However, no one will actually win except for the Ghost.

An Unfair Competition

Without exceptions, all the gamblers put their souls at stake. They are dragged into the illusion in groups of four. What they are facing is only one devil, who seems to be outnumbered, yet the gamblers are relatively weaker under the threats of the devil. All they can do is to collect cards, break the seal and expel the devil. However the items that they redeemed from Ghost Xi’E only add small chances to survival.
Ghost Xi’E’s tricks also haunt the devil so that it can never directly catch the preys in order to rouse the killing thirst inside them. The devil must wisely use its powerful pursuing ability to catch and execute the gamblers, or else become dust.

Gamblers with Different Desires

Every gambler who comes to this game is a living soul. They all come here with different purposes, some has lost their loved ones and money and wants to regain youth, beauty and their lives; some runs away from crimes and wants to make the final struggle here; some are innocent and naive, only to be tricked to come here; some come here for brothers, willing to sacrifice for others. However, no matter who they are and what their purposes are, in the eyes of Ghost Xi’E, they are nothing but souls and something to play with.

The Cruel and Wronged Devils

Ghost Xi’E gathered countless wronged spirits and transformed them into cruel devils. With the power of resentment, each devil possesses a unique and despairing power.

Charming Oriental Scenes

Ghost Xi’E builds illusions one by one based on reality world so that they are too real for one to see the truth. A plagued abandoned train station where heavy bangs and cracking can be heard in the wind. A hundred years old palace that used to be so flourishing is now deserted, terrible sighing can be heard during the midnight. A far away Hakka Tulou that was cursed due to a terrible ghost wedding has lost its peace. In these half real and half unreal scenes, gamblers have gradually forgotten the real world.

The Stake-redeemed Items

In every gamble, the gamblers can obtain stakes via sealing the cardholders while the devil via catching and killing gamblers. This senseless stakes gave both parties the hopes to win and rouse their greed. The stakes can be redeemed for all kinds of surviving and hunting items from Ghost Xi’E. Beneath these hopes are nothing but the tricks of the demon who only wants to feed on people’s essence and energy.

The Game of Souls

In countless gambles, the gamblers and the devils continually explore and learn from each other. As a gambler, one must decide whether to focus on the cardholders or helping the injured teammates, or escape by items or depending only on themselves. As a devil, one must decide whether to hunting or waiting for gamblers to come to you, whether to chase or sneaking attack. Each encounter is a game, and every choice might endanger your soul. It is a game of souls after all, and the stake is your life.

The Inflated Desires

In order to entangle all the participants, Ghost Xi’E uses many ways to assist the growth of gamblers and devils. In order to win more gambles, the gamblers and the devils must constantly enhance themselves to discover more abilities so that they might live a little bit longer to meet another unknown gamble. This is for filling the bottomless greed, also simply for surviving.

Mature Content Description

This game contains a chase and slash game mode that uses sharp or blunt weapons, the screen will have a blood splash effect on a successful attack and during the execution event. The setting option "Bloody Mode" is available in the game. Turning off "Bloody Mode" can change the blood color to green and has a mosaic occlusion when executed.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: 64-bit Operating Systems (Windows 7, Windows 8.1)
    • Processor: Intel Core i3-4170 or AMD FX-8120
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DX11 Compatible GeForce GTX 460 1GB or AMD HD 6850 1GB
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 15 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DX11 Compatible
    • Additional Notes: With these requirements, it is recommended that the game is played on Low quality settings.
    Recommended:
    • OS: 64-bit Operating Systems (Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10)
    • Processor: Intel Core i3-4170 or AMD FX-8300 or higher
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DX11 Compatible GeForce 760 or AMD R9 280
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 15 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DX11 Compatible

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