Keiji Inafune Explains Why Soul Sacrifice Delta Has Grimm’s Fairy Tales

By Cheng Kai . January 29, 2014 . 1:15am


At the Taipei Game Show, Siliconera caught up with Soul Sacrifice Delta’s creator Keiji Inafune and producer Teruyuki Toriyama. The developer duo shared with us the reasons behind the fairy tale motifs behind Soul Sacrifice Delta’s story and monsters, what Inafune’s favourite mythical story is, and the changes they’re making to the game.


In the original Soul Sacrifice, the motif for the story and monsters were based on well-known stories from Western mythology. In Soul Sacrifice Delta, the new bosses you’re adding will instead be based on fairy tales. What were the reasons behind this decision?


Keiji Inafune, CEO of comcept: Well, actually the reasons behind that were pretty much the same as why we originally decided to base the story and monsters on Western mythology, it’s simply because a great deal of people all over the world know about these tales.


After Soul Sacrifice was released, we started to explore what else we could do for Delta, and thought that rather than just sticking to Western mythology, we could just expand the scope and also do something based on fairy tales, since everyone knows them.


And it just so happens that Grimm’s fairy tales could fit perfectly into the world of Soul Sacrifice, in a way that’s familiar to players but also new and different. But ultimately the main reason why we are using fairy tales as a motif for Soul Sacrifice Delta is because everyone knows these stories.




Of all the fairy tales and mythology that Inafune-san knows about, which is the one that he is most inspired by?


KI: Are you referring to the ones that we’ve tapped on for Soul Sacrifice, or do you mean any fairy tale or mythology, even outside of the ones referenced in the games?


Even the ones not referenced in the games.


KI: Well, since I’m Japanese, from a young age we’ve been exposed more to Japanese legends or mythical stories, rather than fairy tales. And the one that left the biggest impression on me was the story of Urashimataro.


The story is kind of complicated. So, Urashimataro saves a turtle, and as a result, he was rewarded with a visit to the underwater palace of the dragon god. He stays there for three days, and when he returns, he notices that the world he has returned to is no longer the place he’s familiar with. His home is gone. His mother is no longer there.


Later, he discovers that it’s because 300 years has passed while he was away at the underwater palace and so he falls into great grief and desperation. In a moment of desperation, he opens that one box he was told not to open (which he did not know contained his old age), and when he does, he suddenly grows a long beard and becomes aged.


Doesn’t the story give off a very sci-fi vibe? It seems like something that could be adapted into a drama series. That sci-fi vibe that the story evokes is what I’ve seriously thought about before, and it’s what makes this story a source of inspiration for me when making games, [to try and evoke that sense of imagination and wonder].


In December you released a demo for Soul Sacrifice Delta on the PSN. All along, Soul Sacrifice has been a franchise that incorporates a lot of feedback and views from the players, and even with the original game you’ve made a lot of changes based entirely on feedback. With the latest demo, was there anything you learned or noticed that was interesting, from the feedback and data you’ve collected from players?


Teruyuki Toriyama, Producer at Sony Computer Entertainment: At the Tokyo Game Show last year we collected a lot of feedback through surveys from gamers who tried the demo build back there. The demo version we released on PSN had improvements made based on the feedback we received. From what I’ve heard from users who’ve tried both the TGS build and the demo we released in December, the improvements we’ve made seems to be well received.


We haven’t quite sorted out the data from the latest demo version yet. But even the demo build we’ve brought out here (at the Taipei Game Show) and used for the stage presentation today is not the final build. We’ll be making adjustments to the game based on the feedback we’ve received not just from the demo, but also from users in Asia.




KI: This time around, the changes we are making are not exactly major changes, but more like fine-tuning and tweaking the balance for the game particularly for things like the effectiveness of ranged magic spells, and the mechanics for Link Magic (these are spells that modify or add to another players’ spells). Also, this time around we were able to consult a number of expert players for the first game, so I think the balance changes and fine-tuning we’re doing at this juncture will be quite well-received.


Is there any chance of the Soul Sacrifice series coming to the PS4?


KI: The PS4 is a very appealing piece of hardware to develop for, so if we could do that, we’d definitely love to. Of course, it’s not something we could discuss at length at this point. And even if we were actually working on a PS4 entry in the Soul Sacrifice franchise, we wouldn’t be able to acknowledge it either [laughs].


But personally, I’d really love to do a PS4 Soul Sacrifice. Preferably with no budget limitations [laughs]. With unlimited resources to tap on. Do any of you know a rich Taiwanese tycoon I could approach? [laughs]

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  • Kornelious

    I’m still trying to figure out if this a sequel or re-release…

    • Zangetsu777

      its kinda both

      • Kornelious

        So basically it’s like Dark Arisen, It has the original game but with added features and a new story….So that means I don’t have to get the original right?

        • Zangetsu777

          correct you don’t need the original. Its included in SSD.

          • MaximDualBlade

            The story of the first game,isn’t included as far as I’m concerned.

      • Kornelious

        Sweet then, I’ll be getting this when it gets a localization :)

    • Zangetsu777

      Delta is a remake of SS1 but it takes you further into the story. Then the original 1 did.

      • Kamakuma

        Well that’s good to know! xD I’ll have no problem buying it now then when it’s released over here. Although some of those bosses were bull with their wind sucking… >> *Very salty atm… *

      • natchu96

        Well, I guess the could squeeze in as much as they want between the intro chapter and the main plot of SS1. They literally have all the time in the world with the way the plot is structured. Quite literally in fact *afraid he said too much*

    • tubers

      I think it’s a “1.5 game” similar to:

      MH’s “G”
      RO’s “Ace”
      VK 3’s “Gold”

    • Lucky Dan

      It’s a sequel dude, played through the first game and well don’t read this if you don’t want to know

      You meet the chalice and reset the world like Madoka whether you accept to kill him or not is up to you but the world is reset back to original it was instead of a vast dead world.

  • Zangetsu777

    LOL. Can’t wait for the localization.

  • Inafune seems to be on a roll lately, which is good.

  • Romancer Ecclesia

    “Do any of you know a rich Taiwanese tycoon I could approach? [laughs]” Now we know why there were so many Chinese localizations announced at the Taipei Game Show :p

  • RPAntonioSoler

    The story of Urashimataro is somewhat similar to our own Irish story of Oisín i dTír na nÓg.

    The hero Oisín is proposed to by an immortal princess and travels with her to the land of the immortals, where they marry and live together for three years. He gets homesick and decides to visit Ireland. Before he goes, his wife warns him never to dismount from his horse once he is back home. On returning, he finds that his father and friends and all the other heroes are now only old stories: what seemed to him like three years was actually 300. He meets a formation of soldiers struggling to move a boulder and is shocked at their weakness compared to the men of his time. He comes to their help and throws the boulder into the air with one hand, but loses his balance and falls from his horse, whereupon he is transformed into an old man. He meets up with St. Patrick, who wants to convert him to Christianity. He agrees to stay with St. Patrick but feels like a fish out of water and refuses to socialise with the rest of the saint’s entourage.

    Thought it was interesting that the same kind of story can arise in two different cultures so far apart.

    • In the words of Son Goku. DARK.

    • natchu96

      There are “World gets flooded, there was a dude with a large boat” stories spammed even more frequently across cultures that are far apart. Among other things.

      Maybe I play Persona games too much, but the last two entries in that series (not counting remakes) made me notice the slight similarity between the Orpheus and Izanagi backstories. Then of course there are people who compare the “don’t look back” part to Lot, but really who cares about Lot anyway?

      • DragKudo

        lot was cool

      • neocatzon

        Lot is underrated.

    • Saraneth

      I was thinking of Rumpelstiltskin.

  • Randgriz

    My one biggest gripe with the localized Soul Sacrifice was that the original story elements where changed and altered from their original Athurian roots – next time keep it original, names and all.

    • DragKudo

      There was a reason why they changed the names. I t had something to do with censorship, copyright i don’t know which one.

  • Anime10121

    Think I’m gonna hold out on SS until this comes out. I like the Fairy Tale premise more and plus it includes the original game anyway.

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    “Do any of you know a rich Taiwanese tycoon I could approach?” This is so much win~.

  • tarbis

    Can’t wait for Delta. One of the fun things with SS is reading the lores. I really liked how they turn those happy ever after story into tragedy. Very creative of them.

    • golden izanagi

      I loved the theme that would play when reading the lore as it really added to the drama when reading the quite tragic backstories of the monsters in them such as the phoenix who is the result of a person denied any chance at happiness because of her selfish parents, or the Cerberus who was once a guardsman to a town that fell to disease.

  • DarthSithZero

    Right now I’m in love with Soul Sacrifice I can’t wait for the next one, I hope they add tons of new offeringss and bosses.

  • Earthjolly

    Why can’t I hold all these sacrifices?

    • kaimo

      Because your magic and life level cannot exceed 100.

  • edenknight

    I hope we can import our character from SS into this (yet this seems unlikely) I’ve played 90+ hours the game and still playing… I wonder when the English version will come out..

  • TheExile285

    I’d hope they can keep this IP Vita exclusive.

    • xXDGFXx

      Be kinda awesome if it also came to PS4 with cross-play and cross-save. Although there is a possibility it would cut into Vita game sales…

  • vileBrenman

    I really like soul sacrifice so very creative an interesting take on mythology and the whole idea of wizarding. love the first game through and through hopefully this becomes a successful series

  • Lemski07

    Ive sold my SS to buy this one if it comes up.

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