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Soul Sacrifice Scoring Session

The Music of Soul Sacrifice: Recorded at Skywalker Sound

Soul Sacrifice Scoring Session

Aram Jabbari's Avatar Posted by on Dec 27, 2012 // Public Relations Manager, PlayStation

If asked, most of us can recall a favorite scene or two from a movie, a shot or sequence that lingered with us long after the lights came on and we left the theater. We retain the visual, but often it isn’t until we see that same scene muted that we discover that the music, the aural accompaniment, was a far greater part of our experience than we realized.

Just as in cinema, music is a huge part of what makes many gaming memories so rich. It’s a significant ingredient in creating a sense of grandeur and making something feel epic.

Soul Sacrifice, the next title from legendary developer Keiji Inafune, has such aspirations.

It may be a handheld action title, but there is nothing portable or small about the game’s scope or presentation. Case in point: the game’s soundtrack is composed by Yasunori Mitsuda and Wataru Hokoyama, two of the most recognized composers in the industry. Moreover, their soaring, charged score was recorded using full orchestras and choruses on the Scoring Stage at Skywalker Sound in Marin County, CA, a world-renowned studio with some of the best acoustic technology and audio engineers in the world.

Soul Sacrifice’s satisfying action and adventure may conveniently fit in the palms of your hands, but expect its sights and sounds to feel much bigger!

Watch the music of Soul Sacrifice come to life in this special abridged cut of our “Behind the Scenes” video at the top of this post. There’s much more news to come regarding the music of Soul Sacrifice, not to mention the game itself, so please stay tuned!

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+ Butters360 on December 27th, 2012 at 6:15 am said:

I was sold when I read Yasunori Mitsuda. That man can compose no wrong!


+ MakoSOLIDER on December 27th, 2012 at 6:40 am said:

One moment for me was the Aeris death scene. The music really helped


+ EaglesRule05 on December 27th, 2012 at 7:11 am said:

Definitely my most anticipated game for the VITA. Hope they set a firm release date for NA.


+ yazter on December 27th, 2012 at 7:59 am said:

Will our Vita music be disabled while we’re in-game?


+ Aeryn_James on December 27th, 2012 at 8:03 am said:

Full orchestration! Impressive.
Release date please.


+ thrillwell on December 27th, 2012 at 8:23 am said:



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    + Aram Jabbari on December 28th, 2012 at 9:16 am said:


    Please note: that is the official release date for Japan, but that there is as of yet no officially announced/confirmed release date for North America. Stay tuned!


+ spaceboy21 on December 27th, 2012 at 9:48 am said:

Sounds and looks great! So can we assume the soundtrack will be available for purchase? Or perhaps included with a special edition like Ragnarok Odyssey offered?

Most anticipated Vita game, well tied with Killzone :)

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    + Aram Jabbari on December 28th, 2012 at 9:36 am said:


    There is no information regarding the separate availability of the soundtrack in North America at this time.

    Glad to hear the title is on your wishlist!


+ lisatsunami on December 27th, 2012 at 10:36 am said:

The soundtrack can make and certainly break a cinematic experience. So, wow, Skywalker Sound? This shows that Sony is really supporting this game and expects great sales. I was going to wait and see on this game because it sounded a little too creepy violent for me, but the hype is starting to work on me, so good job, Aram.

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    + Aram Jabbari on December 28th, 2012 at 9:25 am said:

    The hype’s starting to work, guys. *gestures to crane operator* WE NEED MOAR HYPE!

    *beep* *beep* *beep*


+ CatatonicAlex on December 27th, 2012 at 10:55 am said:

Good headphones are a MUST for the PS Vita.
You won’t be able to enjoy this soundtrack with the built-in speakers.


+ Chidori_93 on December 27th, 2012 at 11:27 am said:

Please, Please ,Please
Bring the Limited edition Vita Bundle to US
that Red/Black Vita Looks Gorgeous.
import is too expensive
i don’t mind pay 350$ to 400$
But Please give it a chance in the US.


+ ChizFreak on December 27th, 2012 at 11:32 am said:

Japan Studio… you’re the guys that helped From Soft with Demon’s Souls…

Please… talk to them about doing a Souls game (or even Demon’s Souls 2) for the PS Vita. I assure that game could be a console-seller, and considering Dark Souls II has been announced and it’s probably going to be launched at the end of 2013, a lot of audience will be paying attention to a portable Souls game.


+ su43berkut17 on December 27th, 2012 at 11:39 am said:

omg, Yasunori Mitsuda, the guy behind Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross soundtracks, I’m sold!


+ Ryumoau on December 27th, 2012 at 12:38 pm said:

Sounds like generic fantasy music to me. But then again, i’ve never cared much for videogame music since i usually play them muted while listening to podcasts. Unless it has a compelling story, which is sadly rare in japanese games these days.


+ Kuroro_Iucifer on December 27th, 2012 at 1:48 pm said:

@ Ryumoau

And here we go again, don’t you get tired of the same ….. ?
What’s wrong with you, really ?! You can find the bad about X thing ( even if there’s not ) but can never find the good thing about that same X thing ?

Want to do something good?
– stay away from the blog you’ll do a favor to countless of people, believe me!


+ Kchow23 on December 27th, 2012 at 2:54 pm said:

Very cool.. hoping that more PS Vita games get marketing support and that they begin to do well in North America.


+ Yourfacedotcom on December 27th, 2012 at 3:10 pm said:

Aram Jabbari is notorious for his great taste in music, film and games. He is truly at his best however when applying that Persona 4 Golden sticker to the face of the Vita. That was a hilarious little promotional vid.

Needless to say I’m super excited for Soul Sacrifice. Every bit of news just shows how much love went into this game and all of the attention paid to quality. The pedigree of people involved with this game are second to none, you are fooling yourself if you don’t believe this game will be anything but exceptional.

Everyone, do yourselves a favor and look forward to this, it is a classic in the making.

Thanks for sharing this with everyone Aram, I think you might be the first PR guy to actually have a small fan base, hah!

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    + Aram Jabbari on December 28th, 2012 at 9:21 am said:


    You’re too kind (and likely overstate the matter). Now excuse me while I try to fit my newly oversized ego back into my chassis.


+ Bruno_Helghast on December 27th, 2012 at 3:20 pm said:

THAT’S why I bought a PS Vita! Can’t wait to play it!


+ vza004 on December 27th, 2012 at 3:45 pm said:

I want to play. Like NOW!! ♥♥♥


+ Aeryn_James on December 27th, 2012 at 3:47 pm said:

March, 2013 is the target Japan release date.
There has not been a set release date for the U.S.


+ Aeryn_James on December 27th, 2012 at 3:51 pm said:

Addition: U.S. vendors such as Gamestop list dates, that other information sources use as standard, even though those vendor dates are just placeholders.

It is to my understanding that the date is still TBA. Hence the request for an announcement.


+ Elvick_ on December 28th, 2012 at 3:16 am said:

Will we get the demo?


+ Xabdos on December 28th, 2012 at 5:09 am said:

Sounds fantastic. I’m not into games of this type, but a lot of people are really excited for it. Hopefully Sony can pull it of with the Marketing and all will be well.


+ RE_Player on December 29th, 2012 at 8:54 pm said:

This and Sly Cooper are the next Vita games I will consume.


+ Madberty23 on January 3rd, 2013 at 4:35 am said:

I really hope it sells well, It seems that the Soul Sacrifice team is giving it all they got. Can’t wait to get it!

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