Soul Sacrifice Has A Western Release Date; Pre-Order For Japanese Voice Track

By Ishaan . January 29, 2013 . 9:35am


Soul Sacrifice has a release date in North America and Europe. Sony will release the Vita game on April 30th in North America and May 1st in Europe.


Pre-ordering Soul Sacrifice in either territory will get you two extra costumes and three magic items—Spirits’ Flamespike, Spirits’ Blightstone and Spirits’ Fulgurwood—to use in battle. However, there’s one other pre-order bonus as well—the game’s Japanese voice-track, which you’ll receive for free by pre-ordering. Sony have plans to make this available as paid DLC at a later date.


Soul Sacrifice is a mission-based game that can be played co-operatively with other players, and if you sacrifice yourself to save your teammates, you become a ghost that can watch the battlefield, with the ability to see everyone’s stats, including those of the enemy.


Soul Sacrifice is being developed by Mega Man creator, Keiji Inafune, in collaboration with Marvelous AQL. You can read an interview we conducted with Inafune about the game last year.


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  • Are you kidding me. Well I suppose one can’t complain. Guess dual-language is one incentive to preorder.

  • C_Diamond

    My body is ready! to be sacrificed!

    • MyBodyIsReady

      You called?

      Super excited for this game! Was kinda hoping we’d be getting it sooner though =/

      • I think C_Diamond is plotting against you.

        • MyBodyIsReady


  • Niyari

    That’s kinda funny. At least the option is there, I guess.

  • epy

    Wow, this is new! I wonder how effective it will be. Japanese voice track will be paid DLC eventually I’m sure but I’m ok with that. Better than not having it at all.

  • SirRichard

    A curious decision, that one, but the option’s there at least. And good timing for it, I suppose, this year’s first half is just one long track of releases.

  • gogogoldberg

    I would love to see the Soul Sacrifice Vita bundle come to the U.S., but I don’t think it makes financial sense for Sony. Ah well, the game looks really neat.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Haha, I wouldn’t mind paid DLC for JP VA. That way nobody loses much money, people some whining and everyone is happy.

  • Shane Guidaboni

    Japanese voice track is DLC and a pre-order bonus? What?

    • 324234

      What are you confused about? It’ll be a code to download the DLC which will otherwise be for sale if you don’t pre-order.

  • MickyT

    I wonder will you be able to pre-order this on PSN? I like to keep my Vita purchases digital but I’d like the pre-order bonuses

  • Go2hell66

    we got to pay for voice tracks now? well that a 1st…

    • Jake Joe

      what about cell phone company selling Ringtones. But if anything it will show how much of the fan-base care for Japanese Track instead of assuming there isn’t any.

      • You’re right, this decision is equally stupid to cellphone companies trying to sell ringtones when anyone can download an mp3 and put it on their phone for free. This decision has nothing to do with showing how many intelligent gamers there are. It is purely monetary and outright despicable.

        • Raharu95

          Unfortunately for you, licensing the Japanese dub for a video make is not free. It cost just as much to make an English dub if i heard correctly. So companies usually go two directions. the big companies that we all believe are just ij it for the money or that we believe are stupid only bother with an English dub, and alto of times just a partial one. Small companies that we have admiration for do a partial English dub and add the Japanese voices as an extra. They don’t have the money for a complete dub of both. At least if they go the route of paid Japanese voicetracks we have the chances of getting a complete dub of both. Think of it as paying a bit more for better quality product. If we want nice a good quality products we can’t be greedy. There more kinds of DLC that have more evil potential than this.

  • OverlordZetta

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say the reason isn’t that they want to get your money for the voices as DLC, but rather, they want people to run out and get the game ASAP (for dem Vita sales), and likely are just adding that DLC for free and it was already planned anyway.

  • Was pre-ordering this anyway so the extra JP VA and costumes are a welcome bonus!

    Edit: how many people responding actually have a Vita I wonder…

    • Herok♞

      I do and will get this and muramasa.

  • ronsocute23

    darn!!so long to release but im ready to sacrifice my self hohoho ^_^

  • Fub Frank

    I do want to play this but that pre-order/paid dlc for voice acting strikes a real bad nerve with me.

  • That explains why it was showing up in the store.

  • omeganeko

    YES i love the demo for this. So hyped

  • Hollowkoopa

    I hope paid VA doesn’t become a new trend.

    • Raharu95

      To tell you the truth. I hope it does. that way company can concentrate on making their dubs good and complete.and to pay for the money for licensing the Japanese track there would be DLC. that way incomplete dub from companies like NISA would not be a problem anymore. unless they sell the Jap dub for an unusually high price. then there is a problem. To me Keeping the Japanese voice over is a much appreciated extra. Rather than a necessity.

      • Hollowkoopa

        Yes but at the same time it could make companies releases sup par dubs thinking that they will get the money back through JPN VA.

        I’m fine with it, if they don’t do that.

        • Raharu95

          Mmmmmm. if they begin doing that there will be outrage. i don’t think Companies will begin to doing that if they want their fans to be loyal. Then again some don’t care about their fans. We should not expect anything other than a complete dub if companies begin to charge us for the Jap Dubs .

        • 324234

          Have you played Let’s Fish, which was just released on PSN? Not only does it have the worst dub I’ve ever heard in my life, but no Japanese VA. Didn’t stop them! Wish I could buy the JP VA though.

      • An ‘unusually high price’ is anything more than zero dollars. I’m not going to pay for something that should be a standard feature.

        • Raharu95

          Everyone has their opinion. To me Dual Voice is an extra. Specially since most of the time Japanese voice overs don’t match what the English script is saying, even when the script is faithful. Companies localized games so that we don’t have to try to read symbols and pretend we know wats going on. a good dub enhances that experience of the game even if the purist don’t want to admit it.But companies usually cannot risk doing a complete dub as they are expected to license the Japanese voice overs and gives us that too. just look at Mugen Souls if you want to see an example. if they sold the Japanese voices as DLC , things like that have no reason to happen. while making this a trend may bring about some evil from the unscrupulous companies, keeping it how we do it know will bring no good either.

          • How can the Japanese audio not match an English script it’s a faithful one? An accurate translation will match the Japanese. A bad translation will not. Please don’t bring your weird issues with importers into this conversation.

            All paid DLC is inherently evil, so that’s not even a problem. The problem is that even goddamn Dynasty Warriors had a free Japanese voice release. If Soul Sacrifice can’t manage that, it can’t be a justified purchase.

          • Raharu95

            Because sometimes you can’t translate Japanese to English and expect it to make sense. And companies sometimes take liberties with translations, but the translations will still be faithful. I have no weird problem with importers at all, and I’m sorry if my post made it seem like it. I can’t help but disagree that all DLC is inherently evil. Sometimes developers truly don’t have the time to make everything the wanted in the game, so they take the DLC route because they have no time. Others, like the Disgaea DLCs are extras that we have no obligation to buy if we don’t want to. unfortunately, companies have used DLC for evil purposes.But DLC in and on itself is not evil.

          • Caitlyn

            As someone who speaks both Japanese and English and has played quite a few localized JRPGs with Japanese audio, I can tell you that most localizations will take some truly ridiculous liberties with the script at times. Part of the reason I refuse to play a localized JRPG without dual audio is because I don’t trust the text script to be a faithful rendering of the original writing; with the Japanese audio, I can just ignore the script almost entirely.

        • Luna Kazemaru

          dual audio will never be a standard its extra and only depends if the people working on the games want to go that extra mile to do so and spend the extra money.

  • Lets hope Sony starts a trend! I love having the option to use the Japanese voice track and wouldn’t mind paying a little extra for it.

  • Ferrick

    my liberium tears (in game currency for soul sacrifice)… take them all!
    wallet: sorry brah, you got no more liberium tears, but you can sacrifice your soul *insert evil laugh here*

  • ekibyougami

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    • Visa Vang

      Hmmm… I think “Wizard” is much more suited for you (and me) though.

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        Sadly, I already sacrificed my chastity ._.

        • miyamoto


  • KingGunblader

    UGH I am officially mad that I don’t have a Vita. That means it’s probably time to get one.

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    (Been) Done and (been) done. Wonder when they’ll give our western shores the demo?

    Also, that paid DLC for Japanese voice overs is a odd decision but kinda makes sense, since this game takes a few more design choices from the west than east. For the people who like eastern culture, at least having the option to switch voices is a welcome one, as long as it’s cheap. But I ain’t playing any more $5, I know that much!

  • Belenger

    No love for players sticking for JP accounts, no way to use the JP voice dlc, guess that clear the mistery on the audio selection in the japanese demo.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    western voices fits…

  • Seriously? Now I’m forced to boycott the game.

    • fds_nextdart

      Random internet dude wants to boycott a game over not including japanese voices. Good luck with that~.

      • Please don’t be so inflammatorily stupid. If dissatisfied customers don’t make their voices known, then publishers will never change their incorrect behaviors.

        If you don’t think exclusive preorder DLC and monetizing a language track are good reasons to boycott a game, you’re a failure as an informed consumer.

        • 324234

          For starters, they aren’t strictly monetizing it, it’s included for free with all preorders. Anybody that was planning on playing it (which, I don’t know why you’d own a Vita and not be) are getting it for free. Anybody that buys it used later on they can recoup some money from if they absolutely need the JP voices, which -were never guaranteed to be included in the first place-. If they didn’t DLC it, they may have very well not included it at all and forced the dubs on you, would you really prefer that to a -free- JP VA and the option to buy it later if you skip out? If so, you’re the failure as a non-informed consumer.

          There is the risk that they could over-charge for the feature, and that companies may follow suit by charging for the VA separately that would otherwise be included for free. But those sorts of risks already fall in line with the concept of DLC, it’s unavoidable. But regardless I’d rather be given the option to buy it if I choose than it to not exist. And as you can see by your Up/Downvote ratio, the majority agrees.

          Lastly, I don’t know where the stick up your butt came from. Unlike -Online Passes- (which, bear in mind, this game does have online multiplayer) which cut you off from an actual major feature of the game if you buy it used, this is a completely optional (and for most, negligible) feature that you do not need to play the game in full. There’s far better things for you to worry about, this isn’t one of them.

    • Syn

      Sucks to be you

  • ZEROthefirst

    Personally I couldn’t care less about having Japanese/dual audio in any game to play. I put the audio on English, unless it’s Higurashi English dub bad, then I’ll go for subs.

  • neo_firenze

    Could be in part to reduce the size of the core game (taking up space on those expensive memory cards!)

    It might also be used to see how many people download, and later buy, Japanese voice tracks to see the level of support for that feature in future releases. Which means I’ll be downloading my Japanese voice DLC on day 1 to show my support for including it in any natively Japanese game.

  • Why not always like this: April 30th in North America and May 1st in Europe

    Pretty cool, depending if my friends are going to buy it, I might too.

  • kupomogli

    I like to understand what my characters are saying, so the JP voice track doesn’t matter to me.

    Best post on here. “Seriously? Now I’m forced to boycott the game.” Over Japanese audio? Japanophile?

    • I suppose you weren’t here for the Atelier Ayesha raucous, then?

    • Anyone who supports this marketing decision is quickening a gaming crash. These kinds of decisions to monetize standard features should be treated as nothing less than evil. I’m sorry your moral compass is so askew, but please don’t blame me for it. Also, nice passive aggression. Very mature.

      • Elvick

        It’s hardly a “standard” though. Especially from first party games.

      • 324234

        Yes, boycott it! Then we can go back to rarely ever having Japanese audio in games at all! Those bastards are even including it for free with preorders…

  • Fango

    The localization period is not that bad when you consider Monster Hunter is like 8 months to 2 years

  • AnimusVox

    Woohoo! Thank you Keiji :3

  • GotoHell

    What’s the deal with people selling Japanese voice tracks as DLC these days? It just seems like a dirty business practice.

  • Christian Wright

    preorder for japanese voicetrack or buy later? thats a bit absurd. that should be an in-game option.

  • Draparde

    looks like i’ll be monster hunting in march, and sacrificing souls the month after~ what a eventful year this is~!

  • ArOne

    Is this pre-order in general or from select retailers?

  • Cazar

    Are there any videos of the English dub yet? Not entirely sure if I’d prefer the Japanese track or not for this game.

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    I just hope the preorder bonuses aren’t a GameStop exclusive. I’ve even called up about the ban on me and I’ve been told again and again that nothing can be done…
    I’ve honestly haven’t been following this game at all, but I do own a Vita, so I’ll preorder asap if I have the money. JP audio track will be interesting to hear.

  • Alexandra Cordes

    …I think I’ll just pay for the Japanese voices DLC later because no one I know has a Vita as well.

    • 324234

      Fairly certain that the game has online multiplayer. Offline you fight with an AI Partner(s).

  • BloodTorrent

    Take notes capcom. see this less than 2 month gap between release dates. still dont see MHP3rd over here capcom… seems Keiji Inafune made the right choice leaving, and also made an amazing game. played the demo. early missions are definitely better than the MH equivalent, although we cant be sure about the late-game stuff yet.

    • MrSirFeatherFang

      I’m pretty sure there were issues with the PS3 ad-hoc feature or something like that for MHP3rd. It functions differently in the NA comapred to Japan. I’m pretty sure it’s not coming ever, unless Sony does something about what the problem Sven explained on the Capcom Unity forums

      • Solomon_Kano

        It’s not coming over ever. Sven pretty much declared that dead, saying that they were focusing on bringing more recent games in the series over. It was the right choice.

        • BloodTorrent

          Yeah but theyre only bringing the more recent games over for nintendo platforms, which is a bit of a bummer. Guess theyre trying to minimise the work that goes into each iteration to maximise profits, since the games they put out would be considered unacceptable on any other platform, but on a lower powered system its an impressive looking game.

          • Solomon_Kano

            Well, that’s because the recent games are only on Nintendo platforms. That’s just the way it is. As for graphics, 3G and 4 pretty much look like what we were seeing on PSP. Pretty much. 4’s textures are looking pretty awful though.

          • BloodTorrent

            Yeah, thats why i said theyd be considered pretty unacceptable on a platform with any decent power. the 3DS is probably not that far off the PSP in power so they can get away with pretty much making it exactly the same level of quality. The wii u version i assume is finally in HD, since the wii didnt support it.

      • BloodTorrent

        You’re thinking MHP3rd HD. I meant the original. I dont even own a PS3

        • MrSirFeatherFang

          Oh, true… Now that I think about it, Capcom brought all PSP MH games to the west except that one, right?
          Too bad almost every publisher has abandoned the PSP. Would you settle for a digital release? Nevermind, Capcom never planned to bring the PSP version over, only the HD one..

          • BloodTorrent

            If Sony would just make it easier for us to download games from the japanese playstation store (its so much hassle on vita its unbelievable) we could get all these games, since most people arent too bothered by having to look up guides for translation online, and sony would make more money. they need to allow us onto the japanese store, and let us use equivalent US/ UK/ EU currency instead of importing japanese PSN vouchers.

  • Yes! Finally! =^_^=

  • TheExile285

    Day one

  • Bloodios

    I don’t see anything wrong with offering the Japanese voice as DLC. I mean, heck, licensing fees probably aren’t cheap, and it’s not like the feature is something that EVERYONE who is going to buy the game would care. As long that the game translations and the English dubs are good, it shouldn’t a problem. The target of the localization is the Western audience, after all. Does Japanese voice really matter to Westerners THAT much? I don’t think so, and I also think including a feature that most Westerners don’t need is just a waste of resources. The only exception is when the publisher does not wish the localized game to have English dubs. Otherwise, better to offer it as an option, so those who want it will buy it, those who don’t, won’t. Those who want to protest the decision are free to do so, but I personally would like to protest the wasteful inclusion of the Japanese voice and risk skimping resources of other much more important aspects of the localization process. Seriously, if one likes the Japanese voice that much, why not learn the language properly and import the Japanese version of the game?

  • Solomon_Kano

    That’s an interesting way to do it. I like that, actually. Not everybody is after a JPN voice track. Those who want it can pre-order or they can buy it later. If it’s that big a deal that it’s game breaking for someone, I think this should be satisfactory.

    Most games don’t get dual audio, paid or not. It’s not as simple as just making it available all the time because there are licensing costs incurred by having the Japanese track. It’s not a guaranteed or necessary feature. Or an expected one on the part of most, I’d imagine. So I’d call this fair.

    “B-b-but niche publisher X does it all the time!”

    Yea, yea, I know. That’s because niche developer X probably has found it more in their budget to license the audio and do a cheap dub alongside it or no dub at all. That’s a feature their primary audience has told them they want. Sony’s not marketing to the same niche, at least not primarily, but for those who want it, here’s an olive branch. Beats the hell out of not offering it all in my book.

  • Göran Isacson

    On the one hand, I DO like the sound of this game and think it could be cool to play… but on the other hand I know like NOBODY who owns a Vita and who is interested in this game. Are previews saying if the singleplayer portion of this is worth the price, or should I basically not even bother unless I can go multiplayer?

    • Solomon_Kano

      Well, the single-player offers the same story and gameplay just giving you CPUs for partners. It also has online, so you’re free to hit up those of us on Siliconera if you need folks to play with. There’s a number of Vita owners in the OT.

      • Göran Isacson

        mm, that’s always nice, I’m mostly just curious if the story is much FUN to play if you’re solo. I’m only vaguely familiar with MonHun-style games and the one I played was fun enough with partners… I guess that I’m just curious if this game will turn out to have more narrative aspirations than MonHun, and how fun and engaging the “one spell per button” concept will be. It could be fun, I did like it in Folklore, I’m just healthily skeptical.

        • Solomon_Kano

          Ah. That’s different then. Yea, I’m hoping the demo makes it to the US PSN. I like how this is looking, but I don’t know how I feel about the gameplay from what’s been said. Looks cool, but how does it play? So I’m there with you on the skepticism.

  • gamefreak86

    Game looks badass. Between this and MH, gonna be set for awhile.

  • Istillduno

    Wtf is this bs?

    I refuse to believe that broke ass, financial trouble Sega can have a game dubbed in 5 different languages, but Sony’s going to be breaking that bank if they don’t charge extra for the origional voices or hold them off as pre-order bonus bs.

    Guess I can hold off a bit longer before grabbing a vita, this be some Capcom level shenanigans.

    • 324234

      They haven’t announced a cost yet, it could very well be a dollar for all we know. And I highly doubt that this broke your plans, seeing as how it’s free for preorders..

  • MediaMindControl

    I am Soul’d

  • Follower_of_Pram

    For a moment, I thought it said soundtrack. Being a “soundtrack whore”, that brought me high hopes and then crashed them down in a single instant. What I get for glancing I suppose. :(

    All in all, looking forward to this game.

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