Last week we brought you news of a grisly new cooperative fantasy game for the PlayStation Vita. Soul Sacrifice is a game based on players sacrificing themselves in order to acquire great power. This doesn't sound too bad, until you see characters ripping out their eyes, setting themselves on fire, or forcibly removing their own spine. These ghastly self-mutilations enable the players to use powerful destructive spells. We were concerned that the game wouldn't see a US release, due to its sheer lunacy. We are happy to report that Soul Sacrifice will be available in both North America and Europe.
According to PSBlog, the game is a "reality blended experience." What horror show of world do the people of Capcom come from? Check out the video below to see legendary game maker, Keiji Inafune, try to explain the reality of this gruesome title.
Clear as mud, right? If you want to see just how crazy this game is, check out our coverage here and here. Go on, do it. What does Inafune-San have to say about that?
What I wanted to illustrate in this game was a “reality blended into a fantasy world.” The word “fantasy” normally points to a story that is fictitious; however, with Soul Sacrifice I wanted to illustrate a “reality” within a fantasy that wasn’t sugar-coated. It’s not about focusing on the strange, but to flip the commonly held concept of what a fantasy theme should be with the concept of “reality.”
Cruelty is a reality in our world, and we have to make sacrifices and pay costs on a daily basis. I wanted to blend this “reality” theme into a fantasy world, one filled with magic, and create a new type of gaming experience that relied on the player making sacrifices in order to obtain great power.
There is a “dark pleasure” lying in between fiction and reality that none of us knew was there. If you simply think of it as a “dark fantasy,” then your expectations will be betrayed – but in a good way. Please look forward to Soul Sacrifice. It will be a game that players around the world will surely enjoy. –Keiji Inafune, Comcept
Oh. Okay. I get it. So what he is saying is that Souls Sacrifice is a documentary, and events are taking place in real time. Like the Highlander. Awesome.
Soul Sacrifice supports four player online co-op. We expect it out some time next year.