Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Salt and Sanctuary drops March 15th! On PS4.


On Vita, you'll have to wait - but I'll get to that in a moment.  Okay, so y'know how for the past few years Sony have done like a spring indie campaign - six weeks or two months worth of awesome indie titles on PS4 and Vita?  Well they're doing it again, except this year they've changed the name to "Launch Party."



So basically we got release dates for six promising indies today.  Salt and Sanctuary, one of my most-hyped games of the year and a 2D riff on From Software's Souls formula, drops next Tuesday on PS4. Now I know what you're thinkin' - isn't it also supposed to come to Vita?

Yes, yes it is.  And yes, yes it will according to developer Ska Studios.  More importantly, it'll have to because they're still promising cross-buy - and once a game is locked in to cross-buy, it always comes out on Vita.  Eventually.
"For all those wondering, Salt and Sanctuary is still in development for PS Vita, and will be cross-buy with PS4 when it’s released."
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So yeah.  Looks like I'm preordering this right now, because if I do I'll get 10% off when it launches next week, and Senran Kagura be damned, I'm gonna' have to play Salt and Sanctuary first.

Also in the Launch Party lineup are...

Day of the Tentacle Remastered
March 22nd
PS4 and Vita (cross-buy)
$15

Tim Schafer's irreverent classic adventure game, remastered on the current gen.

I'll probably have to throw some money at it just to make sure Double Fine keeps supporting the Vita.

Enter the Gungeon
April 4th
PS4
$15

A gorgeous pixel-art top-down procedurally-generated dungeon-crawling twin-stick shooter with a lot of style.  Gonna' have to nab this, too.

Stories: The Path of Destinies
April 12th
PS4
$15

A lovely, pastel-washed action-RPG that's actually way better-looking than most indies have any right to be, Stories is kind of the underdog of the whole lineup - so it's good that it's here, because we might just overlook it otherwise.  Definitely worth keeping an eye on.

Now, while Salt and Sanctuary is the entry that I'm most hyped for here, a large portion of that excitement is due to the fact that I can't assure myself - or you - of its quality, and whether or not it will satisfy a Souls craving for meaningful combat in a 2D platformer.  But it's that uncertainty that makes it so exciting.

Towards the end of the Launch Party campaign, though, is where we'll find two games that I can guarantee will be absolutely excellent, 9/10 or 10/10 games.  So wond'rous will they be that each of them get their own posts.

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