Skul: The Hero Slayer

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Platformer
Publisher: Neowiz Games
Developer: SouthPAW Games
Release Date: Jan. 21, 2021

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'Skul: The Hero Slayer' Updated Development Roadmap, Comes to PS4, Xbox One and Switch Next Year - Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2020 @ 1:28 p.m. PDT

Guide Skul on his quest to single-handedly take on the Imperial Army and rescue his King from captivity, in an action-packed rogue-lite 2D platformer for the ages.

Skul: The Hero Slayer is an action-platformer that boasts rogue-like features such as everchanging and challenging maps. It will keep you on your toes, as you will never know what to expect.

The human race attacking the Demon King's castle is nothing new and has happened countless times before. What makes this time different though, is that the Adventurers decided to join forces with the Imperial Army and the 'Hero of Caerleon' to lead a full onslaught in hopes of wiping out the Demons once and for all. They attacked the Demon stronghold with overwhelming numbers and succeeded in its total destruction. All of the demons in the castle were taken prisoner except for one lone skeleton named 'Skul'.

Featuring dazzling pixel-art graphics and fluid, fast-paced gameplay, Skul follows the tale of a diminutive, yet powerful, skeleton burdened with saving his King from captivity. In his path stands the dastardly Caerleon Empire, and a famed group of Adventurers who yearn for nothing more than to vanquish Skul and his Demon brethren. Facing great odds and even greater foes, players will use Skul’s unique ability to swap skulls and transform into one of more than 20 unique playable characters, unlocking a plethora of devastating attack combos and abilities, and creating new challenges with every playthrough.

Up to this point, Skul has experienced a very successful Early Access period racking up over 5,800 reviews on Steam with a 91% rating. They also recently dropped a major update featuring the ‘Inscription System’ which allows players to mix and match items to create new and exciting synergistic effects (inscription types pictured below).

As for the future content that was teased for Skul’s full launch later this year, the main features are as follows:

  • Skull Class Upgrade System
  • 2 New Chapters and Bosses
  • Ending and a Scenario
  • Several new Allies
  • Overhaul of the Adventurers

Skull Class Upgrade System

Love playing with one skull but wish it were a higher grade?
Or get a skull that you’re not thrilled about using?
Through the skull class upgrade system, you’ll be able to strengthen their passive abilities and skills to make them pack more of a punch.
Although doing so will require the use of a new resource called ‘Bones’ which can be broken down to use in said upgrades.

New Chapter 'Ramparts of Fate'

Best the Leonists blocking your path and head to the very top of the Carleon Castle to finally free the Demon King.

Final Chapter

Face off against the formidable last enemy standing in the way of Skul saving the captured Demon King.
Win the battle to put an end to the tragic war and deliver peace to the Demon race.

Adventurer Reformation

Skul isn’t the only one getting stronger and stronger. The Adventurers also have some new tricks up their sleeves that are sure to kick battles against them into high gear.

New Allies

Some of your Demon brethren are still being held captive, so go free them and join forces to take down the Carleon Empire.

Updates Planned for After Early Access

We’re not even close to being finished adding stuff to the game and will continue on the path of making this game by your side and with your support.

Periodic Updates Planned for Post-EA Period

We set several goals for each half of 2021, but will also be periodically updating contents like those listed below.
  • Adding skulls, items & quintessence
  • Adding meals
  • Adding new maps
  • Developments and updates based on your feedback

Goals for 1st Half of 2021

  • Add New NPC to the Black Market, the “Grave Robber”: - The Grave Robber will accept Dark Quartz as payment for new skulls, items and Quintessence.
  • Reform Quintessence System: - This reformation will adjust the standard effects of Quintessence and provide new ones for you to experience.
  • Reform Cooking System: - Food will be improved and dish out (pun intended) more interesting and fun effects.

Goals for 2nd Half of 2021

  • Add a New Game Mode: - We’ll be offering a higher-difficulty mode for gamers that want a stiffer challenge.
  • Reform Witch’s Trait System: -The traits will have much more character and really breath new life into the system itself.

We plan on continuing to develop the game even after this point and hope to provide new game modes, chapters and contents to make Skul bigger and better.

Skul: The Hero Slayer is available on Steam Early Access for $17.99 USD, and will be discounted from September 8th to the 15th.

Skul is no ordinary skeleton. In addition to his formidable fighting skills, he can gain new and exciting abilities depending on which skull he's wearing. Use up to 2 skulls at a time, each of which has its own unique attack range, speed and power. Choose combos that match your playing style and switch them in the heat of battle to bring your enemies to their knees. The power is in your hands!

Skul has crossed paths with a party of Adventurers! They are powerful foes that hunt Demons for sport. While Skul may be small, he still packs quite a punch. So just wait and see who really is the hunter and who is the hunted.... 

At the end of every chapter, go head-to-head with massive bosses corrupted with Dark Quartz and powerful beyond belief. Derived from the pain and hate of life itself, Dark Quartz taints and takes control of everything it touches.

Skul: The Hero Slayer is slated for full release on PC in December 2020, followed by PS4, Xbox and the Switch in early 2021.

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