A Platform/RPG with Pixel Art graphics. Take control of Katyusha during World War II, as she is missing her beloved boyfriend who has left for the war. Level up Katyusha, spend attribute points, solve puzzles and use your eagle and his skills to fight your enemies.
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October 20

Katyusha early alpha demo patch 2.01

Greetings everyone,

We are excited to let you know that patch 2.01 is live. Here are the patch notes:

- Added the Favorites tab. You can add an item to favorites by highlighting each item then pressing the corresponded number in your keyboard.

- Added Katyusha rifle animations (when idle).
- Added hotbars to enemies.

- Several implementations of new sounds in both Katyusha and enemies.

- Bears can be killed with the rifle
- Fixed rock collider from box to polygon to match graphics
- Fixed sprite - graphic for bear to match ground level
- Fixed UI to scale correctly on different screen size

(In-dev version)
- We have added and testing blood/hit effects to enemies.
- Eagle levelling system with skills.
- We will add an Advanced Stealth System which relies on 75% and 95% hits as well. Harder enemies like bears and soldiers will need a higher percentage, thus you will be able to do stealth kills. Otherwise you do a single hit like now.

Nordic Game Discovery Contest
Loresoft will take part in Athens Games Festival 2018 at Helexpo Marousi, Athens (booth A8). We are also nominees for one place in the Nordic Game Discovery contest. Among the 80 games of Athens Games Festival, only 3, one of which is Katyusha, will compete for a place in the Nordic Game Discovery. Katyusha is also nominated for the People's Choice Award of Athens Games Festival 2018.
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September 21

Katyusha Demo now available on Steam

Loresoft is proud to announce that the free demo of Katyusha is now available on Steam!

Join our Steam profile and download the demo.

Key features of our game:
– Freedom in gameplay: Play either full action or going stealth by hiding from your enemies. Stealth attacks allow you to hit with critical damage once the stealth bar overpasses 50%.
– A.I.: Enemies have an improved A.I. Wild animals, which will occur only during the first level of the game, need you to stand still and hit them, while enemy soldiers require that you either time your shots or hit and run when using melee.
– Historical facts: Meet real-life people from World War II and learn historical facts that occured in the Soviet Union. They will train you and they will show you how to survive in battle.
– Checkpoints: Find real-life World War II letters from both Russian and German soldiers. Use them wisely in checkpoints in order to save your progress.
– Levelling system: Katyusha levels up and spends attribute points in Strength, Dexterity, Vitality and Intelligence. Strength increases her melee attacks. Dexterity increases ranged attacks. Vitality increases the health bar and finally Intelligence gives boost to the eagle (mentioned below).
– Emotional: Communicate with NPCs and live emotional moments, while also discovering easter eggs as well. 
– Eagle: Use your pet to attack enemies. It levels up as well, while at the same time it has a cooldown for every usage.
– Crafting: You can use cotton, leather, iron and other materials that you encounter in order to craft armor and items that will assist you in battle.
– Boss fights: Encounter bosses from World War II and face them into immersive battles (not available in early alpha).
– Trading: Loot enemy corpses and trade the items in NPCs (not available in early alpha).

About this demo:
You will play the first level of Katyusha, which is going to differ in the final version of the game. The enemy soldiers will not be included in that level, as they are placed for demo purposes. You will be able to test all basic gameplay mechanics, including our stealth system, the A.I., the first crafting material (cotton to bandage) and the first puzzle (a mine, placed outside the second house). Also, the levelling system is live for Katyusha, while the eagle will also have one later on. In this early alpha bersion there are no historical persons and facts mentioned. Also, the trading system is not available at the moment. Most likely we are going to add a vendor at the end of the first level, just for trade and a crafting station.

Known issues:
- The bear has several A.I. issues which are going to be solved, including invulnerability to bullets.
- Some enemy soldiers do not receive the bullet at the right moment when they turn their back on you.
- Rare animation bugs when dying while moving, in 95% of cases you will be fine.
- Several A.I. tweaking needed on the soldiers when you hit them from very large distance and when they are attacked by the eagle.
- Eagle animations when Katyusha is moving are not finalized.
- "X" key gives xp, which means that you can level up if you have a hard time (only available for the first build).

Stay tuned and fοllow Loresoft for more information about Katyusha.

Katyusha is being developed for PC. More platforms will be announced in the future. 
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About This Game

Katyusha is a 2D Platform/RPG with Pixel Art graphics, devoted to the popular character named in the original Russian song, written by Mikhail Isakovsky and composed by Matvei Blanter in 1938.

A character that has never been seen introduced before in a movie or video game, Katyusha was Russia's most popular song in World War II as it was encouraging soldiers between battles. The song describes a young girl named Katyusha. Who is Katyusha? Let's meet her.

Born and raised in Smolensk, hometown of the song's writer Mikhail Isakovsky, young Katyusha becomes an adult by facing humanity's worst fear: World War II. In 1940, standing by the Dnieper river, Katyusha says goodbye to her boyfriend who is leaving to join the Russian army. Her boyfriend fights in Russian battles during World War II. They exchange letters together but haven't seen each other for one year.

In 1941 Germany invades Russia. Katyusha lives near the borders. Her boyfriend advises her to leave and save her life. Katyusha leaves but her feelings won't let her abandon her boyfriend. She wants to find him. So she decides to leave on the east and join the Russian army. That would be her only hope of finding him back one day.

Katyusha is being developed around 4 pillars:

- An immersive World War 2 story.
- Usage of real-life letters from both Russians and Germans
- Meeting historic personalities

- Unique stealth kill system based in players' skill
- Pet companion that levels up like Katyusha and can be used in solving puzzles.
- Randomly generated levels
- Different outcomes between levels and multiple endings

- Intense battles with Advanced A.I.
- RPG elements: Quests, Trades and Crafting, all in one.

- Living in World War 2
- Missing and trying to find your beloved
- Reading real-life letters
- WWII atmosphere: Living emotional moments like love, starving and deaths.

Katyusha is a fast-paced Platform/RPG which contains lots of emotional moments. Take control of Katyusha as she has to survive in Russia during World War II. The combat system includes melee combos and ranged weapons, among with stealth kills. Real World War II weapons will be used for this purpose.

A levelling system allows you to gain xp, level up and train Katyusha to learn new skills. Katyusha's skills include healing, movement skills and weapon skills. Checkpoints are symbolised by mailboxes as Katyusha sends letters to save her progress.

Katyusha can also use her grey steppe eagle to attack her enemies. Her relationship with the eagle depends on her actions. You can choose to feed your eagle or order him to attack. A bar under the health meter will show your relationship with the eagle, which will affect his response in battle. Also, the eagle can gain xp, level up and unlock new skills.

Both Katyusha and eagle can level up and unlock new skills to attack their enemies. Katyusha will also use vehicles (including the 3 famous Katyusha trucks which were used during the war) and meet famous iconic people from World War 2, which either lived or died during the war. They will train her to reach her ultimate goal. Survive the war and meet her beloved.

Many of Katyusha's skills will be revealed in the future.

Real-life letters
When Katyusha's comrades are killed they drop letters. Katyusha will also find letters from German soldiers. All those letters are real-life experiences that soldiers wrote in paper and sent to their families during World War II. We also accept letters from any of you kept from your relatives. You send them via email and those will be posted, either with the original poster, or using alternate names. Photo of letters are required to prove the identification.

Katyusha's development started in September 2017. Loresoft is an indie development team which consists of 6 developers from various countries. We have plans of Kickstarter, release in consoles, as well as thinking about the possibility of making the game available via early access. All these points will be discussed in the future.

Katyusha is going to be released for PC (Windows/Linux) and Mac, as well as the most common platforms. Stay tuned for new updates, screenshots and videos.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7/8/10
    • Processor: Intel Dual Core i7-5500U
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 920M or any GPU of at least 2GB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 151 GB available space
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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