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Aug 28

Salt and Sanctuary Coming Exclusively to PS4, Vita Next Year

James Silva's Avatar Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 // Lead Dishwasher, Ska Studios

Hi! James and Michelle here! We’re Ska Studios, the Seattle-based two person game studio responsible for The Dishwasher series, Charlie Murder and I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES 1N IT!!!1. We’re super proud to introduce you to our newest project: Salt and Sanctuary. It’s a stylistic, brutal action RPG platformer that’s teeming with visceral, satisfying combat, deep, diverse character builds, and some of the most incredible bosses we’ve ever made.

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. What hope remains is isolated in Sanctuaries: protected dwellings where travelers band together under common creeds to take shelter from the hostile world outside.

If you’re familiar with some of our earlier games like The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile and Charlie Murder, you should know what to expect: solidly executed, intricate and brutal combat, lovingly hand-drawn and animated 2D art (of the non-pixel variety), a killer in-house soundtrack, and a massive roster of set-defining, dynamic and unique bosses. Salt is inspired as much by our history as a studio as it is by old classics like Castlevania DS, and new classics like the Souls series.

Like in The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, the emphasis in Salt and Sanctuary is stylistic sidescrolling combat: weapons have movesets, air attacks have hang time, and rolling is king. There’s a huge amount of depth to the combat in Salt, however. Weapons can be one-handed and paired with shields or offhand crossbows for versatility, or wielded two-handed for added power — and every configuration has its own unique moveset. 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.

Salt and Sanctuary for PS4, PS Vita
Salt and Sanctuary for PS4, PS Vita

Finally, we’re super excited to announce that Salt and Sanctuary marks Ska Studios’ PlayStation debut! Developing with Sony is a new and exciting thing for us, but as 7 year indie veterans in search of some next-gen direction, we were absolutely blown away by their support, enthusiasm, and devotion to giving us a home on their new platforms. We’re proud to announce that Salt and Sanctuary will be launching exclusively on PS4 and PS Vita next year.

We’ll be speaking more in depth on the various systems and themes of Salt and Sanctuary in the coming months, but we hope you enjoyed this teaser. See you on PlayStation!

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+ barker09 on August 28th, 2014 at 7:10 am said:

Looks neat. I might pick this up for Vita.


+ Silidus on August 28th, 2014 at 7:13 am said:

You have my attention.


+ Zepherj on August 28th, 2014 at 7:14 am said:

This sounds awesome! I love a good Action RPG, and throw in platforming and I am sold. I can’t wait to see more from you guys. Keep it up!


+ chavez1138 on August 28th, 2014 at 7:14 am said:

I want this on my Vita… Plus, make it happen!


+ xClayMeow on August 28th, 2014 at 7:15 am said:

Wow, this looks and sounds sweet. Digging the aesthetic (almost noir-ish) and I’m intrigued by having movesets determined by weapon loadouts in a 2D combat game!

Thanks so much for bringing this to Vita because this is the type of game I love playing on it!


+ Mercenary09 on August 28th, 2014 at 7:16 am said:

Wow it’s awesome to see you two making an exclusive game on Playstation now! I loved your dishwasher game on the 360. Can’t wait to play it.


+ vongruetz on August 28th, 2014 at 7:18 am said:

This game looks fantastic.

My question is, will it be PlayStation TV (Vita TV) compatible?


+ Malkavilis on August 28th, 2014 at 7:18 am said:

My Vita is ready for this!


+ ein_nineteenth on August 28th, 2014 at 7:19 am said:

Another “Clearly Not That Other Game You’re Thinking About” game.

Keeping my enthusiasm on hold until an actual demo is launched.


+ Razlo on August 28th, 2014 at 7:20 am said:

Love Ska Studios games. Glad you’re making a PS4/Vita title as I don’t have the other console you could have put this on.


+ Anddo on August 28th, 2014 at 7:23 am said:

Wow! Very impressive.. SnS is now on my radar.


+ tylerh1701 on August 28th, 2014 at 7:28 am said:

Very awesome to see Ska as part of the Sony family for a change. Can’t wait to try out the game!


+ kiazyd on August 28th, 2014 at 7:37 am said:

Looks rad! Congratulations on using Castlevania and Souls as influence.


+ jrodfantastic on August 28th, 2014 at 7:42 am said:

Playstation Vita: the totally rad handheld console which has a huge library of totally rad games made by totally rad people for totally rad customers.

Salt and Sanctuary looks/sounds like it’s going to be totally rad (see the trend?).


+ doppelganger514 on August 28th, 2014 at 7:48 am said:

I want this now! Game looks great and gives a Castlevania nostalgia overload. Can’t wait.


+ JamesBlonde777 on August 28th, 2014 at 7:51 am said:

This looks awesome! Hope it turns out as good as described!


+ winterdust on August 28th, 2014 at 8:00 am said:

Wow didn’t see this coming at all. I loved The Dishwasher on the 360. Very happy that you’re on PlayStation this time around. Day 1 purchase for me!


+ GStylez1980 on August 28th, 2014 at 8:09 am said:

You guys had me at “Ska Studios” and “action/RPG”! The trailer looks amazing. My Vita will make a great home for S&S. The Playstation family is happy to welcome you guys. I look forward to this game!


+ HomicidalKaos on August 28th, 2014 at 8:16 am said:

Mr. Silva, you are a badass. Loved The Dishwasher.


+ vvinberg on August 28th, 2014 at 8:25 am said:

Looks great, guys! I really enjoyed Charlie Murder, so I will definitely be picking this up.


+ liammill18 on August 28th, 2014 at 8:37 am said:

Dig the dank fantasy atmosphere, definitely grabbing this!


+ Lodi16B on August 28th, 2014 at 8:39 am said:

This game looks so damn good my Vita just shed a tear of joy. Can’t wait…


+ PGL163 on August 28th, 2014 at 8:39 am said:

Dark souls 2d?or better say dark salts:)


+ Blacq_Soul on August 28th, 2014 at 8:41 am said:

hm…well, you have my attention


+ ctorretta on August 28th, 2014 at 8:43 am said:

Oh man, I’m stoked! Your games on ‘the other console’ last gen always made me envious — almost to the point of buying the other console just for them. I loooove a fast paced 2D action game — Shank and Guacamelee were a couple of my favorite indie games last gen, can’t wait for this!


+ jwunorton09 on August 28th, 2014 at 8:48 am said:

looking forward to it. looks good, thanks for supporting the vita.

btw, the name of your zombie game is an eyesore.


+ ESIASON7 on August 28th, 2014 at 8:58 am said:

Look really interesting. Im really glad this is coming to Vita. I cant use PS4 Remote Play while im at work but still want to play PS4 games. Thanks cross save I ( in a way) can.


+ GattsuWolf on August 28th, 2014 at 9:28 am said:

I clicked the trailer like “meh… another indie” but then “woaaah it looks awesome!!” Haha goog job guys, keep it up! I want this game on my vita now :D


+ iREVOLTER on August 28th, 2014 at 10:25 am said:

Loved Dishwasher! Now this, thanks guys.


+ armourlight on August 28th, 2014 at 10:32 am said:

2D dark souls. Yay


+ Trendy_Kid on August 28th, 2014 at 10:46 am said:

I love Castlevania, so this is right up my alley!


+ wilfareus on August 28th, 2014 at 11:15 am said:

YES to moar Vita games and this looks like a 2D Bloodborne? :P

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+ James Silva on August 28th, 2014 at 12:07 pm said:

Thanks for all the praise!

We’re super excited to be making our debut with Sony!

I’m happy to answer any questions, though we’re gonna be scrambling around with PAX stuff all weekend. Also, if you’re at PAX, swing by and say hi to us in the Indie Megabooth!


+ Mintblend_44321 on August 28th, 2014 at 12:24 pm said:

Game looks sick!! I’m salivating waiting for this to come to Vita.


+ AizawaYuuichi on August 28th, 2014 at 12:53 pm said:

I watched the trailer before reading the article and thought “This looks like an interesting cross between SoTN and the Souls games”. Then I read the article to see you made practically the same reference. Definitely excited for what you’re trying to achieve here. Game looks awesome. Can’t wait for more info on this.


+ Postmita on August 28th, 2014 at 1:03 pm said:

Nice James and Michelle. Looks beautiful and awesome. I can’t believe you have it so far already just freshly after finishing Charlie Murder and other projects. I can’t wait to try it out. Also, thanks James for writing that XNA 2.0 book all those years ago. It’s helped me to get started and get working on games.


+ ero619 on August 28th, 2014 at 1:08 pm said:

This looks soooo like my type of game, day one for sure!


+ TigerStealth on August 28th, 2014 at 1:46 pm said:

looks incredible! hard to believe only a 2 person team. Looks like a stylish castelvania + dark souls + diablo = day 1 buy


+ honkayjeezus on August 28th, 2014 at 3:15 pm said:

That actually looks really cool.


+ DoomsDave1 on August 28th, 2014 at 3:59 pm said:

I gotta admit I haven’t heard of any of your games, but after this trailer, I’m now on Google doing a search. I’m pumped for this.


+ Biggz124 on August 28th, 2014 at 4:05 pm said:

Will we see the Dishwasher series, Charlie Murder and I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES 1N IT!!!1 on PS platforms?


+ dkarlowicz10 on August 28th, 2014 at 4:43 pm said:

I will be getting it on the Vita.


+ bray4ever8 on August 28th, 2014 at 4:48 pm said:

I wasn’t a fan of Charlie Murder, played it for a few hours and never went back, but this looks good.


+ califoreigner on August 28th, 2014 at 5:10 pm said:

sign me up!


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+ Black_Icefa02 on August 28th, 2014 at 7:07 pm said:

Looks awesome! You all will have my consumer support on this one. Day 1 Purchase!


+ roachsmoke420 on August 28th, 2014 at 7:14 pm said:

Looks great!


+ Shichibi on August 28th, 2014 at 8:08 pm said:

I want dishwasher on ps4/ps vita please :) I love your’s games this looks incredible !!!


+ spacemonkeyham on August 28th, 2014 at 8:11 pm said:

You had me at RPG platformed. Now don’t screw it up! :)


+ RoII_chan on August 28th, 2014 at 8:44 pm said:

This game looks awesome O_O

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