With all the 3DS love going around lately it's only fair the Vita gets some too, so how about a bit of Soul Sacrifice release information for North America? That's right, everyone's favorite game that lets you sacrifice parts of your body for power now has a release date. Look for the conceptually compelling Vita title on April 30, a bit less than two months after its Japanese release.
In addition to the release date announcement, the game's preorder bonuses were also revealed. Not only will this content be free, but it won't be otherwise available after release:
- Two (2) Unique Costumes with which players can customize their character
- Three (3) Magic Items to aid players in battle:
- Spirits’ Flamepike – Shards of the spear provided by Fire spirits, unleashing a five hit combo attack with heat effects
- Spirits’ Blightstone – Explosive stones with poison effects provided by the spirits
- Spirits’ Fulgurwood – Root provided by the Thunder spirits. Tracks enemies on the ground and attacks with thunder spell
There's also one other bit of pre-order content that might surprise you: the Japanese voice-over content. Yes, rather than including the audio files on-disc, which can be a rather substantial inclusion, Sony is offering it as DLC. Fans that are excited about that sort of thing can get it free with preorder, or fans that pick up the game used can purchase it at a later date.
Keiji Inafune, creator of Mega Man, happened to be the conceptor for Soul Sacrifice and provided the following pitch to gamers:
"The game has become nothing like any other game with an original and deep world settings which could only be possible in a dark fantasy environment. I’m looking forward to you being able to experience the unique adventure of real heroism in Soul Sacrifice. Immerse yourself in the world of Soul Sacrifice and have fun playing it!"
We'll likely be seeing a full trailer sometime soon, but until then check out the screenshots and box art that were provided. I've got to admit, as far as box art goes, Soul Sacrifice really delivered. Detailed, colorful and intense; I don't want to judge a book by its cover, but this might be a Vita game that'd be dumb to miss.