Ska Studios and Devoured Studios have unveiled the online multiplayer mode for Souslike platformer Salt and Sacrifice.
“After the success of Salt and Sacrifice‘s single-player adventure, we knew that we had to deliver something that continued to raise the bar of quality,” said Ska Studios founder James Silva in a press release. “We felt that the iconic soulslike multiplayer experience was the best way to do that. We really can’t wait to see what kind of community forms around it. Don’t be surprised if the development team joins a few online fight clubs!”
Here is an overview of multiplayer, via Ska Studios and Devoured Studios:
Death or servitude as a Marked Inquisitor are the only options for criminals unlucky enough to get caught in the act. As a Marked Inquisitor, hunt down mages and devour their hearts to cleanse the corrupted Altarstone Kingdom, but beware of invaders from another world trying to halt the purification process… or invite the player-controlled interlopers to trial by combat.
After creating a Marked Inquisitor’s appearance, class, and past crime, you’ll embark on your cursed hunt, but there’s no sense in suffering alone. Join a variety of factions for multiplayer combat and online interactions. Revealed in a gameplay trailer highlighting Salt and Sacrifice‘s multiplayer features are two such factions: the Shroud Alliance, with a focus on pure player-versus-player combat, and the Blueheart Runners, an invading player-versus-environment cadre of arcane smugglers who wreak chaos in a host’s realm.
Consume a Guiltless Shard to temporarily disable the Spellmark, strange magic that binds Marked Inquisitors to their Kingdom, opening the world to invaders seeking riches and blood. Although invaders are other players seeking player-versus-player encounters, the magic that binds them provides ample opportunity for balance. Oathbound Watchers are drawn into worlds threatened by invaders to protect their hosts, and Sheriff Inquisitors are summoned to police realms defiled by Blueheart Runners.
Solo players desiring a pure player-versus-environment experience can avoid the threat of otherworldly invaders simply by never summoning an ally. Those seeking friendly cooperation and exploration may use a password system to grant allies easy access to their game world for epic, mage-slaying adventures.
The eight starting classes, Highblade, Paladin, Assassin, Cleric, Dualist, Fighter, Ranger, and Sage, give player-versus-player matchups a wide variety of strategies and depth. Claim victory in the name of multiple factions like the Dawnlight Order or Shroud Alliance. Finish each fight in style with gruesome finishers to rid the realm of your faction’s enemies.
Experiencing the dark tale of Salt and Sacrifice goes beyond a challenging single-player campaign, utilizing fan-favorite mechanics from soulslikes of the past and deadly multiplayer player-versus-player for a gripping journey that never relents.
Salt and Sacrifice is due out for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC in Q1 2022. Read more about the game here.
Watch the multiplayer reveal below.