Announced back in 2014, Salt and Sanctuary from developer Ska Studios is a side-scroller that has you taking control of a mysterious stranger who, after being washed ashore in a land ravaged by war, tries to restore peace by any means necessary.
Developed by a team of two, it also contains more gore than an explosion in a morgue. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at the trailers below. Shovel Knight it ain’t.
It’s now available on PS4, so be prepared for some good old fashioned, blood-soaked 2D fun.
A doomed sailor is shipwrecked on an uncharted island. In fog-shrouded valleys, where grinning, mossy corpses cling to rusted arms, shambling figures begin to stir. Beneath crumbling, salt-worn structures, labyrinthine passageways lead to unspeakable evil, long forgotten by man.
Salt and Sanctuary seamlessly combines fast, brutal, and complex 2D combat with richly developed RPG mechanics. Discover, craft, and upgrade over 600 weapons, armor pieces, spells, and items as you explore a cursed realm of forgotten cities, blood-soaked dungeons, desecrated monuments, and the fallen lords they once celebrated.
From Ska Studios, the award-winning indie studio behind a long list of stylistic, visceral, and brutally executed action titles that includes The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai, and Charlie Murder, comes Salt and Sanctuary, the studio’s most ambitious title to date.