Sprite-Based Dark Souls, You Say? 13 Minutes with Salt and Sanctuary

Dark Souls’ sadistic spirit lives on in this 13-minute preview of Salt and Sanctuary

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Have you ever wondered what Dark Souls would look like if it were a product of the 16-bit era? Well, neither have we, honestly, but we’re pretty sure if it did come out in the early ’90s it’d probably look something like Salt and Sanctuary, developer Ska Studios‘ upcoming PS Vita and Playstation 4 game.

The gritty world of Salt and Sanctuary certainly seems to share a similar aesthetic to the subdued and haunting landcapes of From Software’s Souls series, but the similarities are much greater than their visual penchant for the foreboding, as witnessed in Youtuber VaatiVidya’s recent preview of the game. “There’s block, parry, roll, light attack, strong attack, jump, guard breaks, a dedicated healing potion, and a stamina bar that works identically to those in the Souls games,” the commenter elaborates when discussing the game’s familiar mechanics, “But the familiarity goes further than just controls. It’s in so many elements that of game’s design, and there’s so many moments in the game where things just click for you.”

As big fans of both the Souls games as well as retro sidescrollers, this 13-minute demo of Salt and Sanctuary absolutely has us eager to explore the haunting and visually striking world Ska Studios has in store for us when the game is released later this year. You can check out the full preview video for the game below.

So, what do you think of this early look at the game? Be sure to let us know in the comments section.

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Frank has been the caffeine-fueled evil overlord of HeyPoorPlayer since 2008. He speaks loudly and carries a big stick to keep the staff of the HPP madhouse in check. A collector of all things that blip and beep, he has an extensive collection of retro consoles and arcade machines crammed into his house. Currently playing: Chorus (XSX), Battlefield 2042 (XSX), Xeno Crisis (Neo Geo)

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