Destiny Of Spirits Has Hundreds Of Monsters From All Over The World

By Spencer . June 20, 2013 . 1:57am


Before we get to Destiny of Spirits you might be surprised who the developer is. Sony partnered with Lumines maker Q? Entertainment to develop this Vita game. Partnering with Q? Entertainment makes sense since most of their revenue comes from free to play PC games.


Destiny of Spirits plays more kind of like the card collecting and battling RPGs that are all the rage in Japan. The twist is that you use the Vita’s GPS sensor to catch spirits. If you’re in North America you’ll get spirits based on North American legends and lore. One of the spirits I caught when I tried Destiny of Spirits originated from Native American mythology. I also saw Carbuncle and Basilisk which were from Europe and a couple of youkai from Japan. A representative from Sony Computer Entertainment explained that Destiny of Spirits has hundreds of spirits to capture and trade.


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The battle system has three of your spirits fighting three enemy spirits. You can control spirits by tapping on them to initiate an attack or if you’re lazy you can let Destiny of Spirits’ auto battle program do all of the fighting for you. It seems that picking the right spirits ahead of time before starting a mission is more important than managing battles. You can see the monsters ahead of time so you can strategize which spirits can exploit enemy weaknesses using the game’s five elements (fire, water, wind, wood, and metal) system.


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One potential barrier is Destiny of Spirits requires a connection to the Internet to play the game. While the premium Vita model supports 3G and Wi-Fi, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan started phasing out the 3G model. Players in Japan where the game is most likely will need to borrow a Wi-Fi network to Destiny of Spirits or play the game at home. However, Destiny of Spirits is really designed as a game for travelers since your location determines what kinds of monsters you collect.


Destiny of Spirits is slated for release later this year.

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  • HassanJamal

    Well crap, I live in a SEA country but main a US account on my vita D:

    • Kevadu

      Er, so? Why should that matter?

      • Mr_SP

        If you don’t have a Japanese account, then you can’t download Japanese games without switching accounts. Not only does that take too long, but it disables access to US games, and other account features. (Friends, messages, trophies)

        • Kevadu

          This isn’t just a Japanese game…it’s going to be on the US store.

      • HassanJamal

        It finds monsters based on GPS. I live in SEA in a country that doesnt have its own store. I dont think I’ll find any monsters here D:

        • Kevadu

          Well, it’s made to accomodate travellers and stuff. I think the whole idea is that when you go somewhere new you find new spirits. They’re probably just tied to GPS coordinates, not storefronts.

          Though it is possible you won’t find much variety where you are.

  • Raze

    All monster?Asean monster too?
    I wonder what monster I got here…

  • refrain

    So, can I catch Japanese monster if I’m not in Japan?

    • Kevadu

      There’s a trading system to get spirits from locations you’ve never visted but I don’t know all the details…but catch them? Probably not.

  • Learii

    can i get different spirits if i travel to different city or i have to go to others country?

  • ChiffonCake

    I’m not all that big on such collection games, but that’s a pretty interesting mechanic. Having figures from many different mythologies is a bonus, too.

    Hmm… I’m also really fond of that Amaterasu design. The artist for that one also did Time and Eternity’s character designs, right? I should probably look their name up later.

  • Neophoton

    I do a fair amount of travel, so I personally find this to be a pretty cool idea. Here’s hoping it’ll be out before I’m back in Japan in the fall. :D

  • Sergio Briceño

    If it has The Smurfs I’m sold.

    • Virevolte

      Is that a Belgian spirit ? ^^

  • Virevolte

    I don’t travel at all… I wonder if it could be amusing even so.
    If it is, I’ll trade European spirits all over the world ~

  • Keima88

    Hmm what special monster could you find here in the Netherlands…

    LOL after some searching : the garden gnomes and witte wieven (white wives) are from here xD

  • Aristides

    I wonder if they have spirits from the Caribbean…

    • Cluster_M

      Hey, I wonder what I will get since I live in the Bahamas!

  • zferolie

    I really like this idea, and I hope it goes world wide. That being said, while I have a Wi-Fi only Vita, I don’t think that would be a super huge deal. There are plenty of free wi-fi spots in the world now a days…

  • Aurizen

    I look forward to this game! I want some of those Japanese spirits… susanoo :P

    • ShadowDivz

      Ahh, Susanoo.
      Let’s not forget Amaterasu. And….damn there’s a third one.

      • Aurizen

        the last one is Tsukuyomi…. too bad I dont live in japan, with the power of the interwebs I shall find Japanese friends!

        • ShadowDivz

          Yeah, that’s it.
          Id mainly aim for those 3 if i can find someone who lives in japan.
          Then Greece for Athena.

  • This looks pretty dam awesome

  • cloudcaelum

    I like 2D arts games, especially when is RPG, can’t wait.

  • revenent hell

    This sounds cute. I may pick it up and play it

  • I’m surprised the 3G is getting phased out, did NTT not come up with reasonable enough plans? I recall the 3G Version selling bad even when it was priced the same as the WiFi which blows my mind. Perhaps if more games like this had come up earlier, the decision to phase it out wouldn’t have occurred?

    • jujubee88

      Honestly, I think it’s because people might have assumed it needed to keep on being played to play any game. Vita is the first and only handheld/console with 3G built-in and, I agree, Sony never really made the rules clear (or make compelling games for use with 3G).

      And the 3G had a certain mb download limit (in Atnt at least).

      • Such poor handling, I wonder how Rogers in Canada handles the 3G besides the plans. Maybe in the Vita revision, it’ll come in one SKU, the LTE one xD So long as they communicate that you don’t need to use said LTE then it shouldn’t suffer the same fate.

  • CirnoLakes

    Goodness knows my Vita needed food.

  • 324234

    The artwork is nice, but the 3G requirement blows, as does being forced to travel to enjoy games, as does the ridiculously simplistic gameplay this seems to offer. All style, no substance.

  • Ferofax

    Mmm… people seem to be forgetting about smartphones being able to do wifi access points. I mean, if you have a Vita then chances are you got a smartphone that can do that.

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