Today saw the first screenshots released for Soul Sacrifice, a PS Vita action title due for a winter 2012 release (well, in Japan). It’d be tempting to dismiss this as nothing but a distraction until a God of War Vita is inevitably confirmed, but that would be unfair, for this is a game with pedigree.
For a start, it’s headed up by Keiji Inafune, creator of the Mega Man series no less. Secondly, it’s being backed by Marvelous, publisher of such gems as Muramasa: The Demon Blade (which I’ve just finished and enjoyed immensely).
Soul Sacrifice sees the player cast as a slave who serves a cruel sorcerer. The emphasis here is on the ‘sacrifice’ part of the title, for the game makes you give up (sacrifice!) body parts to perform powerful magic attacks. Andriasang translated a piece from last week’s Weekly Famitsu, revealing some of the moves:
Excalibur: You stick your hand down your throat, pull out your spinal cord, and use this as your sword.
Gleipnir: Chop off your five fingers and perform a punch with your extended bones.
Gorgon: Pull out your eyeballs, and use them to blast out magic beams
Gungnir: Your bones and nerves emerge from your body and attack
Nice! Whether your fleshy sacrifices grow back is unclear, but apparently there’s a press conference where more will be revealed about the title later this week.
While a 2012 release looks likely for Japan, expect this one to appear in the west next year – especially as Famitsu lists the game as 50% complete. New screens (and last week’s murky teaser video) are below: