Sony Pushing Soul Sacrifice With Free Rentals

By Spencer . February 1, 2013 . 2:02pm

Sony really wants Japanese gamers to try Soul Sacrifice. They already released a downloadable demo on PlayStation Network and they’re giving away a physical copy of the demo with PlayStation Vita purchases.


For current Vita owners that loathe logging online, there’s another way to play Soul Sacrifice ahead of its launch. Tsutaya, a retailer that rents DVDs and music CDs, will loan a demo of the game for free. Tsutaya has 550 shops located throughout Japan. The boxed Soul Sacrifice demo is the same demo you can download now with trailers for Gravity Daze, Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational, and Uncharted: Golden Abyss.


What’s interesting about this program is renting games is actually illegal in Japan. Dragon Quest X was a rare exception that players could rent for eight days for free too. Rental service for the Soul Sacrifice demo kicks off on February 6.

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  • PoSiTiV3tEnSiOn

    They seem very confident about getting people hooked on this game. I can’t say they’re wrong to be, I’ve clocked a few dozen hours on the demo alone. You may end up drawing comparisons to the Monster Hunter franchise, but in the end it still remains a very well-made VITA game at its core.

  • Kefkiroth

    This is a great way to spread the word. It really seems like Sony is trying to make this the next Monster Hunter (not in terms of gameplay, but in popularity).
    Now the question is if people will spread the word the way Monster Hunter got successful.

    • ronin4life

      Someone else on here once said that the dark and grisly nature of the game as already assured that will never happen.

      I am kind of inclined to agree. Mass market success was always a far off possibility for any game trying to “ape” off a successful franchise, and gruesome-ness is also a massive hurdle to mass acceptance. I can’t see it taking off in such a huge way.

      • RovCal

        thats exactly what i have been thinking, i would have bought soul sacrifice in a heart beat if it wasnt all dark dark etc. instead now i will wait for the reviews and all. the thing is its not that i or most people get scared of it but after a days work when you want to relax by playing a game, you want that game to be charming etc. like i play umvc3 online on vita alot, its a competitive game and can be intense but its satisfying and appealing to the eyes.

  • S- Class Wizard KaRamo

    i really hope this game gets the vita sails up this games demo was awesome

  • Göran Isacson

    That’s… interesting. Why are rentals illegal?

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Because it is Japan? It has been there for i don’t know what time lol.

    • Stranger On The Road

      “Thus in 1984, to stop the rampant piracy, game companies along with the Recording Industry Association of Japan and the Compact Disc & Video Rental Commerce Trade Association of Japan successfully lobbied and changed the Japanese Copyright Act. With this revision, video game rental was de-facto banned in Japan.” (Eisenbeis, 2012)

      Esensbies, R. (01 Jun 20120), Why You Can’t Rent Games in Japan [Online] Available from:

  • Stranger On The Road

    2 points, technically, you are not renting the game, you are renting something else and getting the game along with it for free! So no law is broken…. if I understand the article correctly.

    Second -and more importantly- it is legal to rent games… if the copyright holder gives you permission, which is what happened here.

    Any way, Sony seem to be betting the Vita on ‘Soul Sacrifice’; if this game fails to move the handheld console, then they might give up on it… which worries me since I love my Vita. I really hope that this game will prove itself….

  • Lester Paredes

    Renting games is illegal in Japan? In the nation that used to sell used panties in vending machines? Huh. Very interesting.

    • NeoAthanasius

      What does that have to do with renting games? I feel like I’m missing something. Haha!

      • Lester Paredes

        That used panities were okay to sell via vending machine. Beer is okay to sell via a vending machine. You can go to ‘pink salons’ and get bj’s all night long. But they draw the line at renting video games.

  • MediaMindControl

    While I enjoy the freedom of renting, I wonder what it would be like to ban rentals here.

  • .:Raphællius:.

    Why are they promoting this game so much? Do they not know how highly anticipated this game is in the U.S. and Europe? if only 5% or less of the japanese gamers will actually buy the game they still got pretty much all the vita owners in EU and US as Back-up. there aren’t that many games out here. (Europe) so something new is always welcome. :)

  • Tianyu Wei

    God Eater 2 would be a better bet than Soul Sacrifice….

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