We knew Soul Sacrifice was going to come to North America at some point. After all the game is being developed by Kenji Inafune, Mega Man’s father, so you just knew this was going to happen sooner or later. Apparently it is sooner, rather than later. Sony has confirmed the game’s eventual release in North America with a brand new trailer.
What I wanted to illustrate in this game was a “reality blended into a fantasy world.” The word “fantasy” normally points to a story that is fictitious; however, with Soul Sacrifice I wanted to illustrate a “reality” within a fantasy that wasn’t sugar-coated. It’s not about focusing on the strange, but to flip the commonly held concept of what a fantasy theme should be with the concept of “reality.”
Cruelty is a reality in our world, and we have to make sacrifices and pay costs on a daily basis. I wanted to blend this “reality” theme into a fantasy world, one filled with magic, and create a new type of gaming experience that relied on the player making sacrifices in order to obtain great power.
There is a “dark pleasure” lying in between fiction and reality that none of us knew was there. If you simply think of it as a “dark fantasy,” then your expectations will be betrayed – but in a good way. Please look forward to Soul Sacrifice. It will be a game that players around the world will surely enjoy.
Hopefully we’ll be able to get our hands on some actual gameplay footage from E3 so we can decipher exactly what he means.