Update: Publisher Dear Villagers has shared a first look at Souldiers' gameplay in a new exclusive commentary video. Make sure to check it out above and learn more about the game in our original article below.

Original Article (Thu 21st Oct, 2021 12:00 BST): More Metroidvania fun awaits on Nintendo Switch next year as Souldiers, from publisher Dear Villagers and developer Retro Forge, hits the eShop in spring 2022.

Brought to life through an attractive, pixellated world, Souldiers has you fighting for your freedom in "a sprawling fantasy world caught between the living and the fallen". You'll be getting stuck into all of the genre's usual traits like puzzle-platforming, exploration and "Souls-like" combat, and there's an intriguing story to go with it:

"While out fighting for the glory of your kingdom, you and your fellow soldiers are whisked away to Terragaya, a mystical land on the fringes of the afterlife. Your task is to locate the Guardian and move on to the next world. The hitch? You and your compatriots never actually died.

Battle your way to the heart of the mystery: Outwit cunning enemies, solve nefarious puzzles, upgrade your character and explore every corner of a dazzling, intricate 16-bit world. Souldiers is a handcrafted retro epic for the ages."

No specific release date beyond that spring 2022 window has been announced just yet, but we do have some early details to tell us a little more about what we can expect:

- Gripping melee combat: Slash, parry and dodge your way through an ever-evolving roster of enemies, upgrading your skills and equipment to find a combat style that’s perfect for you.

- An interconnected world: Discover a sprawling handcrafted landscape filled with treasures, tough-as-nails bosses and secret pathways.

- 16-bit sensation: Terragaya comes to life with vibrant world-class pixel art packed to the brim with details.

- Smart moves: Solve environmental puzzles and leap from place to place using an ever-expanding moveset.

One to keep an eye on? Feel free to share your thoughts on the game in the comments below.

[source youtu.be, via gematsu.com]