Those of you looking for a masterful 2D style action game with a Dark Souls-ish vibe and refreshing hand-drawn visuals…well, you’re in for a treat.
Today, James Silva and his team at Devoured Studios have launched Salt and Sacrifice, which just came out of its public network test and is available for download on PlayStation 4 and 5, as well as PC!
With a handful of folks, the team was able to put together a remarkable achievement, as they detailed in a recent PlayStation Blog entry.
“Shane and I are obviously both long-time Soulslike fans, and knew that particular brand of magic–the hasty alliances with strangers, the odd gestures, the dedication to fashion over function, the new weapon combos and strategies resulting from hours of investment towards different build paths–wasn’t something we’d likely find in the midst of development. Even with hundreds of hours of internal testing, we were still only playing with the same handful of people each time. So this network test, while also a fantastic source of information on balance, flow, matchmaking, and technical issues, was also the very first time we could legitimately engage in online antics with random folks. In other words: finally experience that Soulslike magic we’d been building up to since we started work on the game,” Silva explained in the blog post.
“After spending these precious few pre-launch weeks alternating between full co-op playthroughs of (mostly) final code, tweaking move sets, drop rates, damage scaling, and the like, we can’t wait to experience this with more people. Salt and Sacrifice builds on Salt and Sanctuary’s style of combat, with a wide variety of attacks, move sets, and air combos, but now including sprinting, sprint attacks, and Runic Arts: special abilities tied to specific weapons. If I get some breathing space in a boss battle, I might launch a few salvos of slow-moving Dancing Spores from my Damp-Rot Stave, then switch to my katana-style Blazebrand, infuse it to deal flame damage over time, and charge into battle. There’s a certain magic to seeing different play styles and loadouts complement each other, where air combos, area of effect attacks, guard-breaking heavy melee, and rapid dagger strikes all work together to cut through enemy hordes.”
The game is just $19.99 and looks to be worth every bit of its, ahem, salt? Check it out for download now, and revisit the adventure in the trailer below!
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