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Lost Soul Aside is an Indie Hack and Slash game by Chinese animator Bing Yang, who originally created the concept as a test before deciding to make it a full-fledged game. The concept was inspired by the initial version of Final Fantasy XV and its teleportation mechanics. Bing Yang would use these mechanics as a template for a Stylish Action RPG that he first showed off with a trailer in August of 2016.

The internet was very impressed, to the point where Sony and Epic Games both contacted him to help work on the project. He took the sum of money from Sony in exchange for making it a timed exclusive on the PS4, and was given a small team to help work with it. Bing initially aimed for a release sometime in 2018, but retracted his claim later on due to development taking longer than expected. In August 2019, Bing Yang reported that development was focused on the main build of the game, implying that a 2020 release was very likely until the COVID-19 epidemic began. Any news on the game's development was silent until April 26, 2021 when Bing Yang released a new gameplay trailer, as well as sharing numerous images from in-game.

Trailers: First Trailer, followed up by a PSX 2017 Demo - Opening Trailer, PSX 2017 Demo - Gameplay Trailer, 2021 Gameplay Trailer, China Hero Project 2022 trailer

Tropes in this work include:

  • Air Jousting: The gameplay demo shows Kazer capable of sweeping enemies off their feet with his attacks, and keeping them suspended in mid-air when keeping up a combo counter.
  • Alien Sky: Trailers show that the game's world has a sky with two moons.
  • Cool Mask: A shiny black one covers the bottom half of Ventas' face, in contrast with his blonde hair. Kazer's assailant from the 2021 Gameplay trailer wears a gold mask that covers the lower half of his face as well.
  • Combos: The 2017 gameplay trailer shows a combo counter that keeps count of the successive attacks.
  • Demonic Possession: Although how demonic is up in the air. In the 2021 Gameplay trailer, Arena tells Kazer numerous times to let him take over.
  • Everything Fades: The 2017 gameplay trailer shows that the monsters defeated by Kazer are cut apart into a few small red chunks, and then they (and a small blood pool left where the monster was) all fade away within a few seconds.
  • Flash Step: The 2016 trailer showed Ventas perform it during combat, and the 2017 gameplay demo demonstrated Kazer doing the same, while always leaving a purple afterglow behind.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: The stone figure boss in the 2017 gameplay trailer has eyes glowing bright blue.
  • Gold-Colored Superiority: Kazer's assailant in the 2021 Gameplay demo's mask and weapon are colored gold. His attacks also have a gold color to them. He's also stated by Arena to be powerful, enough that he tells Kazer to let him take over.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: In the 2021 Gameplay trailer, Kazer is stated to be a fugitive wanted by the Church by his assailant.
  • High-Pressure Blood: Gameplay demo shows the monsters spurt one when struck with the swords.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Kazer states as much in the first trailer that he isn't fighting to save the world, but rather to save himself.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: In the 2021 Gameplay trailer, Arena states that while he may look like a dragon, he's not actually one. It's merely the form he's adopted while accompanying Kazer.
  • Sword Beam: Performed by Ventas in the 2016 trailer.
  • Sword Lines: Gameplay trailer shows that sword wielded by Kazer leaves a blue afterglow whenever it's swung.
  • Three-Point Landing: Kazer does one at the start of the 2017 gameplay demo.
  • Vagueness Is Coming: In the 2016 trailer, the playable character mentions that "a new war is coming."
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Arena is capable of transforming into a variety of different forms for Kazer to use, be it for traversal or for combat. In the first trailer and in the 2021 Gameplay Trailer, he turns into wings for Kazer to use and fly through the air. In battle, he can turn into a sword, both one-handed and two-handed, as well as a pair of claws.

"It's not for saving the world... Just for saving myself."