Play Dark Souls-inspired action RPG Salt and Sanctuary on PS Vita next week

Face the danger and mystery of an unforgiving world by Ska Studios on 28th March

We launched Salt and Sanctuary one entire year ago on PS4. Our dreary, heavily Souls-inspired 2D action RPG was incredibly well received, and while we’ve been overjoyed and overwhelmed by the range of emotions your feedback held — Excitement! Frustration! Enthusiasm! Rage! — we felt your resounding reminder of a promise we made in our very first trailer: that Salt and Sanctuary would come to PS Vita.

It’s been long. But despair not, the wait is nearly at an end.

We’re Ska Studios, a two-person husband and wife studio that lives somewhere around Seattle, and Salt and Sanctuary is our fourth major game. Salt and Sanctuary is our studios’ heartfelt love letter to the Souls series: a 2D platforming RPG that seeks to capture the danger and mystery of a haunted, unforgiving world, with the freedom of exploration and customization, and the weight of your choices impacting each playthrough in significant ways.

Would you believe we originally were aiming to launch on PS Vita and PS4 at the same time? After all, a complex, deep RPG like Salt and Sanctuary would be a perfect fit for PS Vita. We may have been overambitious — reckless, even! But we think the wait will be worth it, and we hope you’ll agree when Salt and Sanctuary finally launches on PS Vita this coming Tuesday, 28th March.

In collaboration with Sickhead Games

Salt and Sanctuary for PS Vita marks the first Ska Studios title that, well, we didn’t make! That honor goes to Sickhead Games, the studio behind the console versions of Stardew Valley, Darkest Dungeon, and more. They’re as talented as they are overworked.

Salt and Sanctuary

We had a small hand in the PS Vita version: nudging some HUD elements here, tightening up the camera there, tweaking an effect or two when we needed to, but our contribution on the project was pretty minimal. The fantastic, talented folks at Sickhead Games were the ones behind all of the low-level, nightmare-inducing logic that will make games like Salt and Sanctuary on PS Vita even possible.

Cross-buy and thanks

As promised, Salt and Sanctuary will be cross-buy across PS Vita and PS4. If you bought it a year ago for PS4, congratulations: on 28th March, you’ll own it on PS Vita!

Of course, a big thank you for your patience and support. No game studio can survive without the respect of its customers, and the last thing we want is to feel like we’re letting you down. You’ve all been so awesome. Keep expunging heretics, making OP builds, doing naked level 1 runs, and abusing glitches.

Above all, keep surviving.

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Wohooo been waiting for this! Hoping on the store to buy it now thanks :)

I platinumed your game about one week ago and it was one of the best indie and general gaming experiences I had. But to be told some bosses like the witch of the lake need to be more balanced. Anyway still a great game and have fun to everyone who will enjoy it. I will play the little version sometime in the future.


απιστευτα δυσκολο παιχνιδι φιλε μου,εγω να σου πω την αληθεια μου δεν δυσκολευτηκα στην μαγισσα,αν ηταν λιγο πιο ευκολο θα μ αρεσε περισσοτερο,μου εβγαλε την ψυχη να το πλατιναρω

RustyTachikoma 24 March, 2017 @ 12:22

I’ve been waiting for this!

YEEEEEEEAH!!! So pleased about this!! Loved it on PS4 and cannot wait to replay on handheld! Best news all day!!!

Picked this up on PS4 a little while back as I’d heard great things about it but never got around to playing it.

I had no idea there was a Vita version in the works, super happy you’ve made it cross buy! Now I can play it on the train :)

Will keep an eye out for any future Ska Studio releases.

blacksheepwall_ 24 March, 2017 @ 13:20

Great news. Love this game and finally a reason to pick up my Vita.

HomessaHomem 24 March, 2017 @ 13:25


Carnivius_Prime 24 March, 2017 @ 13:27

Dang, wasn’t the PS4 one half price like last week or so. I shoulda got it then. :P

mellan_Konsten 24 March, 2017 @ 15:32

Thank you for supporting the V, you will have my money as soon as the vita version is available! :D


I’ve been waiting for this for quite some time.

Thanks for the Vita port!

Thanks for the Vita support

mellan_Konsten 25 March, 2017 @ 14:33

Please write one of those vita port post mortems if you have the time. It’s always good to keep reminding us consumers that there is more to porting a game than simply pushing a button.


Thanks! Thats great!

Now please excuse me while i go buy this game for my Vita.

Will it be cross-save as well?

warensembler83 27 March, 2017 @ 14:44

Yes! Can’t wait to play the game on the go!

Amazing game, enjoyed every minute getting the platinum. Looking forward to playing my new Hunter stlye build on Vita :)

Cant found the game on the store there is only ps4 version


Sony Europe once again….. failed. No PS Vita-version for Europe today :(


store not updated yet. wait evening

Still waiting for an european release …

So, erm…where is it then?

blacksheepwall_ 28 March, 2017 @ 17:31

Sounds like we will be waiting longer they say on twitter a last minute problem for EU. I’ve been hyped for days to replay this. Hopefully soon.

This was posted 10mins ago on their facebook page “Cross buy is not currently properly working, getting it looked into now. EU region may also be delayed for a little bit. Sorry everyone, working with Sony to get it worked out soon as possible.”


Isn’t this misleading and deceptive conduct?

Sony EU really needs to stop doing this. Or at the very least come out in the open and explain what is going on.

Still waiting for this…

Any update as to why it’s not available yet?

Just keep an eye on the updates on Ska Studios’ Facebook page, they’re working on a resolution with Sony to the cross buy issue which is causing the delay to the release on the store. As soon as the problem is resolved they will update

Hope it’s soon…

Waiting patiently~

StevenJamesHyde 29 March, 2017 @ 18:13

It’s up! Kudos are due for the speedy resolution, but immediately removed for lack of communication!/en-gb/games/salt-and-sanctuary/cid=EP0609-CUSA04261_00-SALTNSANCTUARY00

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