stylistically, Eastern Exorcist is rooted in traditional Chinese folklore and opera. Its gameplay, however, draws clear inspiration from ever-green From Software’s seminal Dark Souls. It is no secret among gamers that the so-called “2D Souls-like” is a prevalent archetype these days. In a crowded market, it can be difficult to make such a game stand out. However, Eastern Exorcist manages to shine in more than a few ways and could be a portent of a promising future for the game’s publisher, Bilibili.