Your SOUL is mine
Publisher SHUEISHA GAMES and solo developer ginolabo are excited to share that SOULVARS, the successful turn-based RPG deckbuilder, is now available on Nintendo Switch! SOULVARS is priced at $16.99 USD.
SOULVARS provides a fusion of stunning pixel art visuals, tactical gameplay mechanics, and an enthralling narrative. Taking cues from beloved JRPGs of the past, players will embark on a nostalgic adventure enhanced by modern gameplay elements and an upbeat soundtrack. With over 14 hours of content, casual players will experience the delight of exploring the world and uncovering the mysterious story while collecting gear and assembling an unbeatable team for exhilarating deckbuilding combat.
SOULVARS began as a passion project for solo developer ginolabo, and was initially designed as a classic JRPG. It became a huge success when it was released as a mobile game for Android and iOS in early 2022, soaring up the rankings to #1 for paid RPG apps and #2 for paid game apps on both Google Play and iTunes in Japan, and continues to garner wide acclaim among mobile gamers.
Ginolabo secured the support of SHUEISHA GAMES, the gaming branch of Japan’s largest manga publisher, to bring SOULVARS to PC and multiple gaming consoles. SHUEISHA GAMES recognized the game’s success on mobile and has collaborated with the developer to ensure that this launch on other platforms is not a simple port, which is often the case with mobile-to-console adaptations. Gameplay has been optimized and enhanced for PC and consoles, featuring a horizontal UI and intuitive controller support that delivers a seamless and dynamic gameplay experience on bigger screens.
Through the collaboration with SHUEISHA GAMES, ginolabo has also partnered with the prominent mangaka, Shiro Usasaki, on the character illustrations in the key visuals and in-game.
In SOULVARS, the emergence of grotesque Dominators has brought about the consequences of technology for humanity. As a result, elite units comprising Soulbearers - the next generation of humans born with alternate Souls - are deployed around the clock to intercept and counter these attacks. Players take on the role of Yakumo, a freelance Soulbearer, as he handles assignments from private military contractor “DDO” (Dominator Disposal Organization).
Classic JRPG nostalgia with a modern twist - Players immerse themselves in a game that blends the best of two worlds: stylish pixel art animations and dynamic, turn-based tactical planning.
Deckbuilding combat system - Collect gear to expand your Soulbits - cards for your hand - and personalize your deck. Then mix and match various Soulbits to uncover new attacks and unlock over 100 different Arts and Abilities. Hunt for rare and powerful gear by defeating unique Dominators on your journey to mastering the ultimate Arts!
Party-based combat - Each enemy is a puzzle to solve, a challenge to overcome! Customize your party to deal with different enemy types, identify their weaknesses and combine Soulbit actions to unleash over 200 powerful finishing moves!
Compelling narrative - Through Yakumo and his fellow Soulbearers, uncover the dangers of unchecked technology, the origins of the “DDO” (Dominator Disposal Organization), and the conspiracies behind the emergence of the Dominators.
Localized in 12 languages - Both interface and subtitles are available in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Hindi so players worldwide can enjoy this action-packed adventure.