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Slashy Souls: a first look at Namco's new Dark Souls-inspired mobile game

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Dark Souls 3 publisher Bandai Namco has teamed up with GameStop for the surprise release of a new mobile title inspired by From Software's line of super-challenging role-playing games. Titled Slashy Souls, the new game will be available for both iOS and Android devices beginning tomorrow, Feb. 28.

Bandai Namco was quick to point out that Slashy Souls is inspired by Dark Souls but is not directly connected to the series. It follows similar themes, including a focus on challenge, but it's not developed by From Software.

Instead, Slashy Souls reimagines Dark Souls' gameplay through the lens of 16-bit graphics and the endless runner genre. While the gameplay is different than fans might expect, it will include weapons, spells and bosses that are familiar to anyone who's played Dark Souls.

While the game won't be live until tomorrow, you can check out a few minutes of footage from the iOS version in the video above.