Soul Sacrifice Includes 30 Day PlayStation Plus Trial In Japan

By Spencer . March 5, 2013 . 12:20am

0000Eager to get Japanese gamers to try PlayStation Plus, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan bundled a 30 day trial with the PlayStation Vita game. Retail copies of Soul Sacrifice include a code that can be redeemed for 30 days of PlayStation Plus.


You can also get the 30 day trial if you purchase Soul Sacrifice from the PlayStation Store before March 21. Sony will also release Soul Sacrifice on a network download cards (pictured right) which contains a code you can redeem for the game. If you download Soul Sacrifice before March 21 with the code you also get PlayStation Plus.


PlayStation Plus has a different lineup in Japan and many titles are PlayStation Vita games like Dynasty Warriors Next, Dokuro, Ridge Racer, and Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward.

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  • Shuga Suenaga

    If this and price drop doesnt sell some vitas i dont know what will…

    • It already is. Vita is selling a lot more since about two weeks ago, what really remains to be seen if this translates into a permanent thing, and a permanent increase in game sales, or a one-off spike.

      And Senren Kagura, of course.

      • Shuga Suenaga

        yeah i just cant wait to wednesday so i can see how well it did last week since price drop ocurred xD

        • A price drop is useful only with system seller, PSO2, SK, SS are maybe good games but there is no real system seller

          • Dede Ogbe

            Very Ignorant. Yeah in the west maybe, In japan however its a very different case and the sales pretty much show that

          • Dont talk about ignorance when you’re currently wrong, or name me a platform which actually did that.
            You’ll never see a price drop working well without system sellers coming or a lot of system sellers released on the platform.

          • Dede Ogbe

            And I’ll say it again. U are very ignorant if you think those aren’t system sellers in Japan. Ur looking at it from a westerner’s point of view. For the Japanese these are the sort of games that make them buy consoles. Proof? well aside from the fact that SK has the 3rd highest first week of sales for any Vita Game, here the actually sales report this week for you to check out. But i agree with you if your talking about the US or something

          • You dont get it, im waiting for soul sacrifice like my most anticipated game on the year and i hope it will do well and will become a system sellerin the future, but for now, its just a new IP too special to become quickly a real system seller, its not easy to become a system seller.
            The others are not enough big system sellers, like a Mario or a MH, or a FF, or a DQ to really change things, not just for a week like Gravity Rush, it will help for a while but not more..
            ( also a great game but not a system seller unfortunately, but i assume the sequel will do better now the game is famous, thanks to PS+ ),

            With a real system seller, Vita would reach more than 100k in this week.

            But its good Vita did 62k, just with a port and Senran Kagura, dont get your hopes too high about Soul Sacrifice, he could help to keep the sales above 40k, the best we can hope i think.

          • Dede Ogbe

            I see, sorry i misunderstood u. But yh i agree with that. SS is pretty much up in the air tbh. No one knows how it will affect the sales, we can just hope

  • MediaMindControl

    I really like to see how much they are promoting this game! From distributing free copies to a trial membership to playstation plus! Honestly I am 200% more excited for this game than monster hunter. Excited to see how it is received in Japan.

  • sherimae1324

    so much push from sony and thats ver good
    i wish sony will continue this to their upcoming games ^_^

  • Super curious to see how sales play out now. They’ve got a bunch of different promotions going on Soul Sacrifice at once, which could really help sales, but at the same time, it also looks a little too “grotesque” (for lack of a better word) in terms of art style to attract a more mainstream crowd.

    I still think God Eater 2 will do far better than this game, owing to the fact that it’s already established and has a more welcoming visual style, but we’ll see.

    • Domii

      Well it should be interesting indeed. I think this will surpass God Eater 2 in terms of quality though. Sony Japan are exceptional at delivering quality games. Also, have you change your stand on this game selling well after seeing all the resent promotions?

      • Japan Studio isn’t developing this game, Marvelous AQL are, in collaboration with Comcept, Inafune’s studio. Japan Studio are involved in some capacity—probably overseeing/production—but they aren’t the developer.

        I don’t think quality will be a concern though. Sony generally don’t publish bad games, even those developed by external teams (Ready at Dawn, thatgamecompany etc.).

        Sales-wise, I honestly don’t know. I think the game itself will do okay, and with all the promotional work Sony are doing, I expect it’ll sell to its target audience. I don’t think the art style is going to do it any favours when it comes to “breaking out,” though, which is worrisome.

        • Domii

          Oh, I always thought Sony Japan studio was involve with development as well. Regarding the dark grotesque feel, I kinda like it. I think it gives a Dark Souls kinda vibe like I’ve mentioned before. Which is a great thing considering how successful DS was worldwide.

    • jujubee88
    • Or you could use the word ” Berserkesque “

    • Solomon_Kano

      The style makes me think of From’s Souls games (a comparison Sony seemed to invite with the way they stylize the font in some of the videos*), and those certainly didn’t suffer for their aesthetic. Each also had a whole lot less marketing to their name. I can see where grotesque might turn some people away, but I don’t think it’ll be as big a deal. While it’s an established franchise, the RE games certainly do just fine for the all the grotesque imagery they contain — and even in the beginning those titles were successful.

      I think what it’s going to come down to for God Eater beating out Soul Sacrifice isn’t so much that it’s established, but rather where it’s established. The PSP audience eats up these hunting titles. The only hunting title to speak of on Vita was a launch title that was also available on PSP (and which sold poorly, even on PSP), so we don’t really have an idea of how much of that audience has made their way to Vita. With MH on 3DS, most likely the crowd that bought into GE is there if they aren’t still on PSP. So GE2 will do better because it has the PSP crowd to sell to. Soul Sacrifice will live and die by the Vita.

      *Am I the only one who cracks up when watching Soul Sacrifice trailers? The game looks fantastic, but it’s like they made a point to emphasize all the possible connections one might draw to another series. Every trailer shows “Soul Sacrifice” in a font that’s almost the exact one used for From’s Dark Souls, the voice that says “Soul Sacrifice” sounds like the announcer from Soul Calibur, and the font on the box reminds me of MHP3rd and the hunting connection is clear. I find that all hilarious.

      • Oh, I meant God Eater 2 specifically on Vita, not PSP. My bad, I should have pointed that out. I think that game will get a major push, too, and I’d be very surprised if Sony and Namco don’t offer some sort of a Vita + game bundle for it.

        But I guess we’ll have to wait and see how the sales of both these games compare. GE2 doesn’t have even have a release date yet.

        I can see why people compare Soul Sacrifice to Dark Souls, but I kind of don’t see it, to be honest. Aside from the “Souls” name and the dark fantasy story, I feel like everything else about the two games is different, including art style.

        Dark Souls had a very “dark but warm” feel to it. They emphasized the difference between being near or away from a campfire very heavily in their marketing and you really do get an idea for how that would feel from the screenshots. I’d say the main difference is that monsters in Dark Souls look “frightening” whereas the ones in Soul Sacrifice look “ugly” (intentionally, obviously).

        But yeah, since you don’t see many developers taking this route, I honestly have no idea what sort of bearing that would have on sales. In the case of RE, I think Capcom get away with it because people are invested in the main characters. Jill, Chris, Leon etc. They keep coming back for more of their stories.

        • Solomon_Kano

          I guess we’ll see how it turns out. Should be interesting.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Hm. They just keep stacking up these promos. It still boggles the mind just how hard Sony is pushing this. The game looks good, the marketing is fantastic, and the Vita’s cheaper now, so hopefully this things will add up for a nice opening. More than that, they’ll hopefully keep this on the charts for a bit. I wouldn’t want a KH3D situation where everybody bought it at launch and then it stopped selling almost immediately after. Definitely looking forward to how this sells.

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