The Tarnishing of Juxtia

A dark fantasy 2D action role-playing game

Mastiff | Actual Nerds

“Players are in for a sinister adventure confronting corrupted saints, ancient war machines, Tarnished creatures and destructive gods.”
– Catherine Daro (

The Tarnishing of Juxtia


2D Love Letter to ‘Souls’ Games The Tarnishing of Juxtia
Heading to Steam in Summer 2022


Mastiff and Actual Nerds team up to offer a challenging
dark fantasy experience to action RPG fans


SAN FRANCISCO – March 17, 2022 – Publisher Mastiff today announced a partnership with Actual Nerds to publish the dark fantasy 2D action role-playing game (RPG), The Tarnishing of Juxtia. The game is scheduled to be released on PC in Summer 2022.

Featuring highly-detailed pixel art, stunning environments, dangerous traps and terrifying Tarnished bosses, The Tarnishing of Juxtia delivers an immersive, unforgettable experience to ‘Souls’ fans looking for a new 2D fix. The player assumes the role of a mysterious and nameless hero – the final creation of a dying God who is desperate to save their kingdom. Tasked with exacting revenge against those responsible for unleashing “the Tarnishing” (a supernatural plague that twists victims’ bodies into bestial flesh puppets), you must journey across two war-torn kingdoms to purge the Tarnishing from the land and restore order.

The Tarnishing of Juxtia combines dark fantasy visuals and a hauntingly beautiful score with challenging ‘Souls’-inspired 2D action-RPG gameplay and a sinister narrative. At the heart of the game is an innovative and rewarding combat system supported by a staggering variety of weapons, armor sets, and abilities.


“Actual Nerds is an immensely talented team,” says Bill Swartz, president & CEO of Mastiff. “The Tarnishing of Juxtia is a testament to the team’s creativity and love of the ‘souls’ game genre. Mastiff is proud to publish the game and cannot wait to share this challenging action RPG with gamers when it comes to PC later this year!”

Key Features

  • An Extraordinary Adventure Awaits: Explore 15 unique environments, engage in 14 formidable boss battles, and uncover plenty of secrets and sidequests in this sprawling 20+ hour action RPG.
  • Risk Versus Reward Combat: A unique Energy Rush system rewards courageous players with a super-charged boost of stamina and mana regeneration after landing consecutive attacks.
  • Vicious Boss Battles: Face evil head-on as you battle corrupted saints, ancient war machines, destructive gods and more in explosive, multiphase boss fights that will push your skills to the limit.
  • Earn Powerful New Abilities: Acquire Relics from fallen bosses that can be powered up to unleash devastating Ultimate offensive and defensive abilities, allowing you to turn the tide of battle in your favor while adding a unique flair to your character build.
  • Kingdoms Filled with Weapons & Loot: Uncover a wealth of unique weapons, armor sets, magic abilities, and Relics.
  • Develop Unique Character Builds: With access to more than 35 weapons and 18 armor sets, create a character that thrives on your playstyle and visual preferences!

The Tarnishing of Juxtia will be released on Steam in Summer 2022. Wishlist and Follow on Steam at

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About Mastiff
Mastiff is a publisher of video games on all platforms. Founded in 2002 with headquarters in San Francisco and Tokyo, the company has released titles in virtually every genre – including action, adventure, RPG, FPS, party, horror, and music. To learn more about Mastiff, please visit

About Actual Nerds
Founded in 2020 and based in the US, Actual Nerds is a passionate and dedicated game development team working with developers worldwide to make enjoyable games and memorable experiences for all:


The Tarnishing of Juxtia © 2022 ACTUAL NERDS LLC. Published by Mastiff LLC under license from ACTUAL NERDS LLC. All rights reserved.

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