Ska Studios are known for the Dishwasher series on the Xbox 360, but they’ve revealed a brand new game that is set for Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita in 2015.
The company describes the experience as a “stylistic, brutal action RPG platformer,” with the experience being rife with “visceral, satisfying combat, deep, diverse character builds,” and some exceptional boss fights to boot. The title is highly inspired by their previous outings, as well as both the Souls and the Castlevania DS games.
“Salt and Sanctuary casts you as a sailor shipwrecked on a strange, purgatorial island, insulated somehow against a backdrop of centuries-old worldwide perpetual war,” Ska Studios said on the PlayStation Blog. “What hope remains is isolated in Sanctuaries: protected dwellings where travelers band together under common creeds to take shelter from the hostile world outside.”
Combat within Salt and Sanctuary is stylistic and performed via sidescrolling visuals. Weapons have their own movesets, air attacks have delayed landings, and rolling to dodge is your key to survival. There’s a ton of depth in Salt, mostly in that you can completely customize your fighting style – like using a two hander for more power, or using a shield as extra defense.
Ska Studios continued:
“There are staffs for magic, bows for ranged combat, and belt-slotted consumables like throwing daggers and weapon-buffing Pitchfire. Of course, loadout weight affects your movement, rolling speed and stamina regen, so a good balance of defense and agility is key. Basically, it combines two things we love: fast, precise 2D combat and super strategic RPG depth. Also, there are curb stomps.”
Are you guys excited for Salt and Sanctuary?