A few months back, there was some speculation after Bandai Namco filed a trademark for a game called Slashy Souls, which many thought sounded like a mobile version of Bandai's other property, Dark Souls. Apparently, that speculation was spot on since tomorrow, we should be getting Slashy Souls, an endless-runner inspired by Dark Souls yet not actually connected to the best-selling (and soul-wrenching) series. As you can see from the video below, the game is a 16-bit re-imagining of the successful franchise, and while it does go with the endless runner genre, the game should still feel at least distantly-related to the Dark Souls games because of how it will have a variety of weapons, spells, bosses, and a focus on challenge.

Now, I'm guessing many will complain about not getting a "proper" Dark Souls game and, instead, getting a game with a name like Slashy Souls. Personally, I'm glad the developers didn't try to shoehorn Dark Souls on mobile and decided instead to go with a genre that works well on phones and tablets. As long as Slashy Souls is challenging and as long as it retains the feel of its inspiration, I'm good. The game should come out tomorrow, so keep an eye out if you want to die repeatedly.

[via Polygon]

  • LordShad0wz

    I think it looks interesting! I'll definitely be playing this tomorrow.

    • Exact-Psience

      Yeah... For what it is, it actually looks good.

      • 7lilwhitewolf7

        I will once again surprize myself and smash GET when it releases. Here'z to trusting in both m'Lords. Dark Souls III iz looking so very Awesome!!!

      • 7lilwhitewolf7

        Ummm, ? am i supposed to do wit a -1?

  • ODMay

    Lol at "You Died"

  • Biggavelli

    Looks like a winner.

  • Wizard_Mike

    I'll try it. Never played Dark Souls, so will judge the game on it's own merits alone.

  • Jamesrooney27

    Sunday release nice 🙂

  • Yearoftherat

    Hopefully this game will be a one time purchase and won't be ruined by IAPs that try to empty our wallets

    • Repulsa

      Fat chance, I believe this one is f2p

      • Yearoftherat

        And with Bandai Namco nothing is totally free...

  • icoker

    Disappointing that its coming from Bandai Namco.

    God of Blades easily tops this imo.

    • Tallgeese

      God of Blades is awesome!

  • john glentzes

    Yeah why would anybody want a proper souls game when we can have masterpieces like this ?
    Anyway this looks awful .

    • Tallgeese

      I agree, thank the elder gods for Wayward Souls!

  • Dawn Stung atoms

    I'm not a fan of the bgm.

  • Ausar

    I'm only going to try this because it's dark souls but wow this looks really bad when you compared to god of blades

  • Zero Ehxe

    Love Dark/Demon Souls. This game's video looks absolutely terrible. Standing waiting for the mob to drop it's shield while the fog timer encroaches? Boring.

  • Zaraf

    Gotta agree that this looks terrible. Looks like something I could expect from a one man developer studio. Not Bandai Namco.

  • Bliquid

    So, this is not an April's Fool, right?
    I love the Souls series, and i agree they chose wisely to go with a different formula on mobile.
    But was an endless runner the only solution?
    I'd rather have a Souls themed match-3, seriously.
    But honestly, everything in this game looks and sounds awful.
    Pseudo Ghouls'n'Ghosts vibe (rip-off) and apparently a tedious gameplay.

  • Lloyd Stang

    looks like not as good punch quest.

  • Timmy2x

    This game is not great.

  • Tomáš Matouš

    Looks like much worse castlevania

  • Vyacheslav V.

    What?! "Looks good"?! "Looks interesting"?! Are you guys crazy or something? You excited about rip-off runner of great console game series? Humanity is wasted, I'm leaving this planet.

    • Milotorou

      Please bring me with you.

  • Taeles

    So.... it'll be a 'walking runner' thats absolutely brutal, I mean totally like you dont just see you die, when you hit something it rips your arms off and drinks blood from your legs. Oh and other players will be able to ghost in on your run and screw with or help you 😛

    Fun fun... heh.

  • Cg2005

    For what it's worth, the game is out now. It's ftp, but has no IAP. This is probably due to the fact that it's a promotion for Dark Souls III.

  • smiffee666

    With dark souls 3 close to release, I smell an attempt at cash in a'la fallout shelter style but not sure this was the best way to go about it, can't wait for ds3 but I'll be giving splashy souls a misssssss

  • Veles Mecklenburg

    It has some potential, but floaty controls and a couple of bugs kinda soured me on it already. The art looks cool in action, but don't expect punch quest. This seems very much like an advertisement for DS3.

    • Veles Mecklenburg

      Its FTP so no harm in giving it a go.

    • Design by Adrian

      +1 for mentioning Punch Quest which looks to have tighter graphics and gameplay and be less boring.

  • smiffee666

    Haha splashy souls, I should trademark that name and make a dark souls themed wave racer game!!!!

    • Stormourner of the Nature

      of course you must make Kart Souls


    is this paid game?

  • Billsobey

    Can't see it in the UK store yet. Is this US only?

  • t3chnoboy

    It's only us atm

  • Fangbone

    Yeah this is completely horrible. Doesn't seem to recognize my swipes half the time. Not even worth trying. It's that bad.

  • musicalmac

    That's too bad. I think a dark souls esque game is possible.

  • GiHubb

    This looks like complete garbage

  • Stormourner of the Nature

    praise the sun [T]/

  • Double Vision

    Hmm Nito is the 6th enemy in this game.

  • Naughty brothers

    I would not buy

  • boydstr

    Looks nice but the fact that you constantly need to run holds me back I rather play games on my one pace but I will give it a try I like to see a mobile 3D version of Dark Souls I think it's time to bring the more console style games to IOS like the latest Assasins Creed when I look at the games on offer I see a huge amount of "kiddy games"qua graphics and gameplay.

  • vic_viper_001

    Wow. This... looks... BAD...
    As bad as any poorly made flash game. Good thing it's being offered free.

  • Chris Brady

    God of Blades (which I still play) did it first and does it better.

  • curtisrshideler

    You'd think if they release a promo game advertising another game, they'd want to give it good controls and actually try to get you interested in the console game. Since I've never played DS, this didn't inspire me to try it. This game has a great style, but the endless running and controls don't mesh well. Too bad. This could've been a great tie-in, like Fallout Shelter.

  • skylined87

    Wow...this game sucks a big dark soul

  • jin choung

    was this a grade school project? wtf....

  • tyler

    Its not available in Canada. Why!?