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Souldiers, a Phenomenally Pretty Action Metroidvania, Launches This May

Souldiers release date trailer May 19, 2022 Retro Forge Dear Villagers Nintendo Switch PlayStation 4 5 PS4 PS5 Xbox One Series X S PC Steam demo

Publisher Dear Villagers and developer Retro Forge have announced a May 19, 2022 release date for Souldiers on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, and PC. Souldiers is a Metroidvania with beautiful pixel art that can rival some of the incredible stuff that came out during the PlayStation 1 era. The premise of the game is that you are a soldier of an army that has somehow been sucked away to Terragaya, “a mystical land on the fringes of the afterlife,” but none of you are actually dead — yet. Your goal is to find a way back to your kingdom.

What to Expect from Souldiers Ahead of Its May Release Date

Souldiers offers you three different classes to play as, including the Scout, Archer, and Caster. They provide sword, bow, and magic abilities respectively, and as you level up, you will be able to further develop your character’s powers. There are likewise assorted power-ups and weapons to find in the environment, which will expand your battle repertoire and also your ability to complete puzzles. The game draws some influences from Soulslikes too, as you can dodge or parry incoming attacks. The game has a Steam demo available, and it creates the impression that the final game will be quite meaty as far as Metroidvanias go.

The release date trailer for Souldiers is entirely animated, as you can see above. However, if you want to see more of the gorgeous pixel art and gameplay, you can check out another video with that stuff below. Personally, I think it’s a toss-up between this game and Bushiden for the most beautiful upcoming indie pixel art game.

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