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Ska at PAX West 2017 and Some Other Stuff!

It’s been a while, so prepare yourself for a flurry of information!

PAX West 2017!
We’ll be at PAX! This year we’ll be on Floor 6, booth #6317. Floor 6 is decidedly less crowded and decidedly more indie than the main sprawl, so that means more Ska Studios, fewer airborne superbugs. We’ll have the vat of hand sanitizer, anyway.

We’ll be running demos of Salt and Sanctuary, The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, and Charlie Murder, and we’ll have shirts, Dishy plushes, game keys, and… for the first year ever… Pinnies!

Of course, we’ll also have us. Got a burning question about the Mad Alchemist? Want to fight James over The Witch of the Lake? You’ll definitely be able to do one but not both of those things!

We’re in some panels again! James will be in a panel about what it’s like developing solo, back in the days when he did just that, and I’ll be talking about the intersection between crafting and game development.


We have a legendary new merch item this year, and we couldn’t be more excited! We’ve partnered with Pinny Arcade to create a brand new Pinny of our Queen of Smiles boss from Salt and Sanctuary! We’ll have them for sale at PAX West 2017 for $15. Behold: Our Beloved Wraith Queen of Liven:

Achievement in Japan!

Late July, Playstation Japan invited us to share a momentous achievement, and we gladly obliged: Salt and Sanctuary has been downloaded more than 100,000 times in Japan on PlayStation 4 and PSVita. We are super honored and humbled to have been so well received in the birthplace of modern videogames! どうもありがとうございます!

One More Super Awesome Thing

I may have already shared this on our social medias, but last week we had the opportunity to take a tour of The Wizards of the Coast office and play Dungeons & Dragons with none other than Matthew Mercer! This amazing event came from Child’s Play, a fantastic charity that we love to support. As it happens, last year during the annual Child’s Play Charity Auction Dinner, we managed to snag the winning bid on some Matt Mercer D&D. And it… was… basically every birthday and holiday rolled into one. It was an amazing experience, and awesome to know that the proceeds went to a far great cause.

As always, you can get news from us via our Newsletter sign up here, buy cool merch stuff from us here and get our soundtracks here! And with that, here’s a dose of Gato for you. She really wanted to lay half on, half off my desk so I propped her up with my hand.

1 Comment August 24, 2017

San Diego Comic Con and More Shirts!

Here’s your friendly neighborhood reminder that we’ll be in San Diego next week for Comic-Con, exhibiting with The Behemoth and other fabulous indies at booth 229. Expo days are the 20th through the 23rd with a preview day on the 19th.

We have some more Salt and Sanctuary shirt sizes in stock including more 2XL and ladies cut small through XL. You can throw money at your screen at our merch shop, and music, We’ll also have the Salt and Sanctuary shirts for sale at Comic-Con!

1 Comment July 12, 2017

Friendly Friends

If you play video games, you likely have heard of The Behemoth or at least their games like Castle Crashers and BattleBlock Theater. They’ve been making games a long time! They’ve also been at San Diego Comic Con every year for a long time. 15 years, in fact!

This year, The Behemoth is welcoming some friends to join their booth and those friends include us! Next month, July 19 – July 23, we will be breathing the same air as everyone else attending SDCC and showing off Salt and Sanctuary and selling a few shirts! See you there in Hall A at Booth 229!

June 20, 2017

Charlie Murder and The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile on Steam May 12th!

“Pretty dang soon” is upon us this Friday! Charlie Murder and The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile will be available on Windows, Mac and Linux May 12th, 2017! They will be $9.99 USD and for the first time ever, we will have a “Skallection” bundle which will give a 15% discount for our three Steam games. The discount will also apply to two if you already own one.

If you aren’t familiar with our older Xbox Live Arcade titles, Charlie Murder is a punk rock apocalypse! Team up with your friends to lead fallen punk rock band Charlie Murder in their epic quest to save the world from rival death metalers Gore Quaffer and their legions of evil in an RPG brawler hybrid inspired in equal parts by coin-op beat ’em ups and dungeon crawlers.. RPG it up as you hoard insane loot to buff your character (and look excellent), earn fans to unlock powerful finishers and team-up moves, get tattoos to channel your “Anar-Chi,” and uncover mysterious relics of modern myth!
Charlie Murder originally launched on Xbox 360 August 14th, 2013.

Play The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile to dig further in to Yuki’s bloody quest for revenge. The game features the Dishwasher’s campaign storyline, online and offline coop play, 50 Arcade Challenges and Dish Challenge, including a ton of nasty new weapons and techniques.
The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile originally launched on Xbox 360 April 6, 2011.

13 Comments May 10, 2017

Salt and Sanctuary on PSVita Now!

Salt and Sanctuary is now available on PlayStation®Vita! If you don’t already own it, you can buy it on the PlayStation store here.

Update: The Europe version is now live, too!

Unfortunately, last minute issues are causing the Europe version to be delayed. We are so sorry about this delay and working to get it available as soon as possible. I’ll update here and on our social medias once we know more. Follow us at @skastudios @shelldragon @jamezila.

Cross-Buy Workaround

If you purchased Salt and Sanctuary on PS4 previously, you should be able to download the game on PSVita for free. However, we’ve been informed that this isn’t showing up for some people. Sony gave us a temporary workaround: re-downloading the game on your PS4 will cause the Vita version to unlock. Some people are also having luck queuing up the download from the PlayStation Store on the web. They’re working to get it sorted out so it just works, but the workaround at least means you won’t be buying the game twice.


While we hope everyone will enjoy our Vita launch, there are some launch issues to be aware of that Sickhead Games and we are working on.

  • Crashing in various places such as Hagar’s Cavern and Ruined Temple – looking into this asap
  • Online features, such as messages and tombstones, are disabled at the moment
  • Logos and icon on the launch loading screens flicker
  • The launch loading screen just takes too long!
  • The store is showing the game as available on PS3 – I’m told this is referencing PS3 > Vita remote play

I’ll be adding to our known issues list here as I can!

Thanks everyone and happy playing and again so many apologies for the delay and the cross-buy issue. For those who are unsure, the cross-buy promotion is through the PlayStation Network for PS4 and PSVita. Sorry for the confusion.

80 Comments March 28, 2017

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