This Week In Imports: Will Soul Sacrifice And Tales Spark Vita Sales?

By Spencer . March 4, 2013 . 4:01pm

imageSoul Sacrifice from Sony Computer Entertainment’s Japan Studio comes out in Japan a week after the PlayStation Vita price cut. The dark hunting game from comcept and Marvelous AQL has been a highly anticipated and original title for Vita. With Tales of Hearts R coming out this week too, Vita sales should see a nice bump.

 

Sega also has the PS3 version of Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F lined up, which was originally a Vita game and Unchained Blades developer FuRyu has a new Doraemon game for 3DS. In North America, Atelier Ayesha, Tomb Raider, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate, and Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 make their debut.

 

PlayStation Vita
Soul Sacrifice
Soul Sacrifice [Double Pack]
Tales of Hearts R

 

PlayStation 3
Crysis 3
F1 Race Stars
Far Cry 3
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F

 

PSP
English Detective Mysteria
Sora o Aogite Kumo Takaku Portable
Ultraman All-Star Chronicle
Uta no * Prince-Sama: All Star

 

Xbox 360
Crysis 3
F1 Race Stars
Far Cry 3

 

Nintendo 3DS
Doraemon: Nobita to Himitsu Dougu Hakubutsukan

 

Key European Releases
Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk (PS3)
Bit Trip Presents Runner2 (PSN)
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate (3DS)
Naruto Powerful Shippuden (3DS)
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 (PS3, Xbox 360)
Tomb Raider (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

 

Key Domestic Releases
Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk (PS3)
Bit Trip Presents Runner2 (PSN)
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate (3DS)
Naruto Powerful Shippuden (3DS)
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 (PS3, Xbox 360)
Simcity (PC)
Tomb Raider (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)


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  • Solomon_Kano

    I’ll be interested to see how many physical copies PSO2 pushes. There didn’t really seem to be much in the way of incentives for a significant number of people to opt for paying for a physical version (even though that’s the version I’d go for, honestly).

    More interesting though should be Soul Sacrifice! It’s had the best marketing of ANY Vita game. Hell, it’s had better marketing than the Vita. So I really can’t wait to see how much that sells and how many Vitas we’ll see move.

    • Curan_Altea

      i really hope Soul Sacrifice does well and sparks more Vita sales. Here in the west too.
      The Vita version of PSO2 plays great and the controls are perfect. I stuck with the free version myself, not enough incentive for me.

      • Solomon_Kano

        I’ll be importing the physical version of PSO2 at some point. I don’t feel like switching my Vita back to Japan region, so I’ll bite the bullet. Plus, I’d like to have a physical copy to the sequel to my favorite PS game just for the sake of it.

        I see Soul Sacrifice being big. Not so much in the west as it’s not getting even half of the promotion that it’s getting in Japan (though, to be fair, we’re a ways out from release), but definitely over there.

        • Locklear93

          I would do that, but in multiplayer games especially, I’m not willing to guess at what things do due to lack of localization. I hate interfering with others’ play in any way.

          • Solomon_Kano

            That’s a good point. I’d usually just opt to interact with other players as little as possible but in this case, due to English players making their way into the Japanese PC beta, there are a number of translations for menu items online. Or at least there were when I checked during the beta. So, worst comes to worst, I’ll have a bit of help in that regard.

          • Curan_Altea

            You don’t need to know much Japanese to get by, and the matter board is easier to use now then when it launched.
            And I have two memory cards so switching accounts is just a matter of if I’m willing to spend the few minutes doing so.

          • Solomon_Kano

            That’ll be good for Locklear then. I know absolutely no Japanese, so I need all the help I can get haha.

            If only I had a second memory card. I’d like to play it already, but I’ll wait.

          • Curan_Altea

            This site may help http://bumped.org/psublog/category/phantasy-star-online-2/
            Accepting quests and equiping stuff is really simple and straightforward, and it’s easy to set it so others don’t join your party (I forgot to turn on the japanese keyboard on my Vita and was forced to ignore people)

          • Solomon_Kano

            Ah, thanks!

          • Locklear93

            Thanks for the link; I’ll look into it. :)

          • Locklear93

            I don’t know any either. A few words and phrases spoken, but I’ve been too lazy to even learn hiragana. :P

            I DO have two memory cards, but the rigamarole of switching regions deters me. I’m impatient, and I hate the Vita UI without having to drag all my stuff back where I had it each time I flip.

          • Solomon_Kano

            Oh. Well, same boat then haha.

          • Locklear93

            Speaking of that boat, the signup for a Sega ID may frustrate you–there’s a CAPTCHA in hiragana. @Curan_Altea:disqus’s link made it possible for me, but it still took me five attempts. >_<

          • Solomon_Kano

            Yea, I signed up a while back. So. Damn. Troublesome.

          • Curan_Altea

            I took a few years of classes myself. Just enough for Type-0 to make me cry like a little baby.

            Yeah… It’s easy, but it’s just so tedious and annoying that I stay on one account for a while.

          • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

            There’s actually a ship that the foreign players play on. Ship 2, I believe? You wouldn’t be interfering if you logged on there with all the other dirty gaijins.

          • Locklear93

            Greeeat. I was supposed to be writing poetry for charity tomorrow, and now I’ll be playing PSO2. I hope you’re proud. (PS, thanks. :) )

        • Curan_Altea

          I know it’ll never be as big in the west, but It still has good potential so long as people know it exists. I’ve only played the demo, but I honestly have no complaints about the game. I just hope it does relatively well here, because I’d love to see more games like it. I successfully talked all of my Vita owning friends into buying it.

    • xavier axol

      what do you think of tales of heart R? in terms of exposure, has tales of heart been out there with soul sacrifice in marketing? and do you think that it will sell just as soul sacrifice?

      • Solomon_Kano

        Between being a remake and not having near as much marketing, I don’t think we can look forward to ToHR doing Soul Sacrifice numbers. I think it’ll probably to comparable to Innocence which did around 30k iirc, though there are a lot more Vita owners now than when that game released. Tales fans were prepped with Innocence so, if the interest is there, maybe it’ll do up to 50k. I see that as being the max though. Most likely, it’s aiming for a 30k opening.

        • Ladius

          That would actually be a disaster: Innocence R sold 43k in its first week (its last figure was 58k), and since then Vita’s niche jrpg sales have been steadily improving (look at Demon Gaze and Monster Monpiece, the first did 80k dd+retail while the second is over 50k, and both are new IPs far less known than the Tales franchise).

          Also, Hearts R is a big step up from Innocence R in pretty much every way, and Hearts is considered a better game than Innocence to begin with.

          That said, I don’t think ToHR will be a great seller (even in the context of its series), but I definitely hope it can be a good improvement over ToIR’s sales.

          • Solomon_Kano

            Ah. My numbers were off, but the heart (heh) of what I was trying to say is that I see Hearts selling comparably to Innocence. For what numbers Monster Monpiece and Demon Gaze did, neither was a remake of an existing title. Both also have a degree of fanservice that Tales lacks. I figure that remake status why Innocence didn’t sell more, since it likely didn’t differentiate itself enough for most people to run out and grab it. I haven’t played the original though, so I’ve no comparison to make myself so that may not be the case.

            I don’t know how much of an improvement over the original Hearts R is, but I’ll stick to 50k-ish at the most for its opening since it’s a remake unless it’s drastically different.

          • Ladius

            It’s a complete remake, with new graphics, systems, characters and events. Here are two videos:

            This is the old ToH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZfcrP-LcRs

            This is ToHR: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiZ_rMkzhh0

          • Solomon_Kano

            Oh wow. Yea, this is like a whole new game. I could definitely see this doing 50k+ then, being so drastically different. Was the difference from Innocence to Innocence R the same?

  • Herok♞

    Vita is going to have a nice next few weeks.

  • Tales_of_Master

    “Preparing Order”………..I can’t believe I totally forgot that I pre-ordered ToHR O-O. The game is sure coming out quicker than I thought. Well I guess it’s time to whip out my Vita again.

  • Raika Souku

    Shit if tales come up I’m getting that in a heart beat

    • ReidHershel

      Don’t you mean a “Hearts” Beat.

  • xavier axol

    i’m definitely getting tomb raider, but i wish on a pc just to see how pretty it would looked.

    • Mantiskilla

      I’m good to go with my crossfire 7850s and Preordered on Steam. I would have got it on console for CE but decided against it

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Already get myself Castlevania yesterday.^_^ Ayesha here i come.^^

  • http://www.youtube.com/Lyonharvestmoonfan Eduardo Rocha

    I hope Tales of Hearts R does well, I want this game to come out in America! Perhaps this along with the price drop can increase the sales of the Vita by a lot so we get a price drop soon here in the US.

  • Göran Isacson

    Welp, I wish ya luck Sony, Namco, – you’re going to need it.

  • Ladius

    I really hope Tales of Hearts R can manage to sell far more than Innocence R did, not only because ToIR was one of the worst selling Tales games ever, but also because ToHR looks like a huge improvement over it, and meanwhile Vita has seen some success stories among niche jrpg releases. Even if it’s pretty much unlikely, I still want to hope a localized release is possible.

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