I love random-crawlers, coincidentally, I also love character customization! This is definitely going to be a favorite of mine.
The amount of customization is small but the affects are enormous. The player starts out with a Normal sword. Throughout the course of the game there are multiple opportunities to change from a Normal sword to something else, thereby rendering certain areas and enemies fairly easy and others pretty difficult. It also will impact your accessibility to access secrets.
The player's sword and shield are both customized.
The world is also open, so you can go to whichever areas you want first.
On a more serious note, the "STATUS - Not Cursed" makes me think of Dark Souls
I agree with the 'not cursed' message giving a dark souls vibe.
That is exactly the inspiration.
when im9today's art is being used as a placeholder, i can only imagine what it will look like when finished.
Again, there's been multiple versions of the placeholder assets used. Alex's work has everything I want aesthetically. So the majority of the colors will be retained, with the outside having lots of purples against red trees. The Dungeons/Caves will still have a blue hue, for the most part, with really austere oranges/reds for the lava.