Salt and Sacrifice Articles RSS Feed | Salt and Sacrifice RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Salt and Sacrifice PvP Multiplayer Detailed in New Trailer Mon, 30 Aug 2021 11:08:18 -0400 Jonathan Moore

We already knew that Salt and Sacrifice would have multiplayer elements when it releases in Q1 2022 for PC, PlayStation 4, and PS5. Developer Ska Studios said that there would be "drop-in, drop-out" online cooperative multiplayer. Details were scant at the time, but the team shared new info about that system, including its PvP elements, during the Future Game Show at Gamescom. 

As a Marked Inquisitor, players are tasked with hunting down corrupt mages to cleanse the land of the Altarstone Kingdom. That much we knew. Now it's clear that other players will be able to either help with that endeavor or stand in its way. 

A trailer that debuted during the Future Game Show gave a look at that system, showcasing two of the factions that will provide aid or "wreak chaos": the Shroud Alliance (PvP) and the Blueheart Runners (PvEvP). It also confirmed that players will be able to play through the entire Salt and Sacrifice campaign with a partner through a password system.

The summoning candle is used to initiate multiplayer, useable by those that have reached atonement by consuming what's called a Guiltless Shard. As Developer James Silva puts it in the video above, atonement allows players to summon allies to fight against AI enemies, but it also opens the door for invasion from the Shroud Alliance. 

Much like in Dark Souls 3, it's possible to auto-summon allies when invaded, pending other players are wearing an "amulet of the Oathbound Watcher." This system of invasion and protection seems more akin to what Soulslike vets are accustomed to, though it's unclear if invaders under the Shroud Alliance will battle AI enemies on their way to an Inquisitor.

Those playing as Blueheart Runners have a slightly different task ahead of them, focusing on PvEvP while taking on other players, as well as collecting something called Ashes of the Hazeburnt. Silva describes the Hazeburnt as a "horde of zombie-like creatures who have succumbed to the Spellmark curse." 

The description is interesting because it's unclear if the Hazeburnt are in any way related to the shades of defeated players (think a take on the bloodstain system in Dark Souls).

Regardless, slaying Hazeburnt summons Hazewraiths that Silva said will "hunt your pursuers" constantly invading and hunting other players. Up to four players (2v2) can fight each other at one time in this mode. 

There's still a lot we don't know about Salt and Sacrifice, the sequel to 2016's Salt and Sanctuary. Stay tuned for more.

Header image credit: GamesRadar

Salt and Sacrifice Gameplay Grapples With Savage Enemies and Wicked Mages Mon, 21 Jun 2021 15:00:47 -0400 David Carcasole

Salt and Sacrifice, the recently announced follow-up to developer Ska Studios' indie hit Salt and Sanctuary, has just received an extended trailer showing off a whopping 10 minutes of gameplay. 

The PlayStation trailer highlights the combat and platforming challenges players will face in Salt and Sacrifice, as well as a couple of boss fights and co-op play. The studio's distinct hand-drawn style and unique foggy lighting are back in what already looks to be another compelling Soulslike adventure. 

Salt and Sacrifice was revealed at the Summer Games Fest kickoff event, with a trailer that showcased some new mechanics, such as the grapple hook, which we get a closer look at in this gameplay trailer. It already looks to be creating new, complex platforming challenges while adding a level of player maneuverability that wasn't possible in Salt and Sanctuary

Glimpses of the game's inventory, equipment, and crafting systems can be seen, alongside what looks to be a fast travel system involving runes. 

There's still no word on a specific release date for Salt and Sacrifice, and there is no more clarification regarding whether or not it'll come to Xbox and Nintendo consoles. For now, Salt and Sacrifice is set for Q1 2022, launching on PC, PlayStation 4, and PS5. 

Salt and Sacrifice, the Sequel to Salt and Sanctuary, is Coming in 2022 Fri, 11 Jun 2021 17:57:48 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Salt and Sanctuary, the 2016 2D Soulslike, is getting a "sequel." Developer Ska Studios announced that Salt and Sacrifice will be coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and PS5 sometime in 2022. It's unclear if it will come to Xbox platforms. The announcement was made through a reveal trailer during the Summer Game Fest kickoff event. 

We say "sequel" because it appears Salt and Sacrifice is taking a page out of the Demon's Souls to Dark Souls playbook. Based on what Ska Studios has shared about the game so far, it doesn't appear to be directly related to Salt and Sanctuary narratively, and though it seems to carry over mechanics from the first game, it also seems to greatly expand upon them in compelling ways. 

Players will take the role of a marked inquisitor, a pariah of sorts in the Altarstone Kingdom. The inquisitor's purpose is to hunt down and destroy mages, but just not any run-of-the-mill mage. These are terrifying, sometimes towering behemoths that feel right at home in any Soulslike

Take a look at the trailer below. 

According to Ska Studios, there will be eight classes to choose from in Salt and Sacrifice. Though that's the same number available in Salt and Sanctuary, the classes in Salt and Sacrifice carry different names and, presumably, different characteristics and abilities. They are Highblade, Paladin, Assassin, Cleric, Dualist, Fighter, Ranger, and Sage. 

Like Salt and Sanctuary, Salt and Sacrifice will include "drop-in drop-out" online cooperative multiplayer. 

Ska Studios says there will be 20 types of mages (bosses) to take down in Salt and Sacrifice, and the map will be even more varied than before, featuring "eerie villages, tomb temples, and swamp kingdoms." Of course, there will be a number of skills and abilities to choose from through the Runic Arts system, though those weren't specified in the initial release. 

There's still a lot we don't know about Salt and Sacrifice, but stay tuned over the coming months as Ska Studios is sure to provide more information leading up to launch in 2022.