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Soul Sacrifice: A Sacrificial Q&A With Keiji Inafune

Sid Shuman's Avatar + Posted by Sid Shuman on May 10, 2013 // Senior Manager, Social Media

Soul Sacrifice on PS Vita

It’s been just over a week since Soul Sacrifice graced PS Vita in North America, so we tracked down celebrated creator Keiji Inafune to get his thoughts on the game’s launch — and how PS Vita players are adapting to the game’s morally murky gameplay choices.

But there’s more!

In Soul Sacrifice, you can unleash a breadth of special attacks and abilities by sacrificing various Offerings. Exclusively for the PS.Blog community, we’ve listed four vouchers below, which can be redeemed to obtain otherwise inaccessible Offerings (you can’t get them any other way).

NOTE: If you were unable to redeem the last two codes earlier, try the new ones listed below. Enjoy!

Spirits’ Storm Pinion

Soul Sacrifice: Spirits Storm Pinion

Bird feather provided by the Thunder spirits (Attributes: Volt)

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Spirits’ Viviblossom

Soul Sacrifice: Spirits Viviblossom

Flower of Healing provided by the Spirits (Attributes: Renew)

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Spirits’ Blazestone

Soul Sacrifice: Spirits Blazestone

Ball provided by the Fire Spirits (Attributes: Heat)

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Spirits’ Frostblade

Soul Sacrifice: Spirits Frostblade

Ice blade provided by the Ice spirits (Attributes: Frost)

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IMPORTANT: Story progress to certain areas may be required before these Offerings can be used.

These universal PSN voucher codes are only valid in North America. They can be received in-game by going to “Librom” > ”Network” > ”Peddler” > “Claim Gift” AFTER the product code has been redeemed. Please note: these vouchers, once depleted, are gone forever.


PlayStation.Blog: Have you been watching how players interact with Soul Sacrifice now that it’s in the wild? Are they playing it the way you expected?

Keiji Inafune: I see users are playing the game the way I wanted them to, so I’m pleased. Users are enjoying the decision-making process of sacrificing and the consequences associated with it, which is what I intended and for that I’m grateful.

PSB: Are you hearing feedback about a particular moment or boss battle in the game?
KI: There are various things users are talking about, and many users seem to be talking about multiplayer. But I also hear users are complementing the storyline and that it unfolds in unexpected ways and that came as a surprise. They’re saying the story is in-depth and touching — that feedback is something I was hoping to hear, so I’m happy!

PSB: The game features some spectacularly grotesque monster designs — is there one you’re particularly proud of?

KI: We tried to have each monster make a big impression and I feel our designers did fantastic jobs. If I was asked what my favorite monster would be, I wouldn’t be able to pick one because I’m proud of all of them. However, I have a special place in my heart for Librom, the book character who is strongly tied to the storyline. I specifically like its personality and the design, so when I give autographs to fans I tend to draw Librom next to my autographs. I think Librom represents Soul Sacrifice very well.

Soul Sacrifice on PS VitaSoul Sacrifice: Giant's Bones

PSB: Where did the idea for the Black Rites come from? Do you have a favorite?

KI: I learned that in life, you must sacrifice something big in order to gain a bigger outcome. If you want to become rich, you need to work hard; when you’re gambling, you may win big only if you bet big and risk losing a lot of money. So the idea of sacrificing and the consequence associated with it came to me first.

The biggest sacrifice, I thought, would be the limbs of your body. Or your own life or even your friends’ lives. This is how I came up with the idea of Black Rites. They are very powerful, but the cost is huge. For example, one of the Black Rites called “Gorgon” requires you to take your eyeballs out, which makes your vision very narrow afterwards. Using “Infernus” will cut your defence in half, but it’s an easy one to use because it can attack enemies without you targeting them precisely.

PSB: Mass Effect 3 and Telltale’s The Walking Dead have elevated impossible choices into a near-art form. Why do players seem to enjoy making excruciating decisions?

KI: Those types of choices heavily involve emotional aspects and the decision making process isn’t automatic. In the old days, the decision making process for players was a reflex: stepping right or left in order to avoid a bullet. That doesn’t involve your emotions. But let’s say you have two choices and either decision will cause a different character to die. Then you would have to question yourself and also consider the consequences you will live with. This has a stronger tie to your emotions.

I’ve been in the game industry for a long time and gaming in general seems to be headed towards emotion. I think we’re in the era of incorporating feelings and emotions in video games and it’s about how to design these. Soul Sacrifice, for example, asks you who to sacrifice be it yourself or your friends. You could make a decision not to sacrifice anything and let it be, too. You can’t make these decisions without being emotionally involved. I think future games need to incorporate emotional elements.

Soul Sacrifice: Plant Sword

PSB: You’ve had a long history in game development – where do you see games going next?

KI: If I was asked what trend would come next in gaming, I wouldn’t be able to put a finger on it to be honest. But I believe console games will evolve dramatically. I think social aspects will be incorporated in its best way with console games. When I say “social”, I don’t mean the social element in social games these days. I think the true social aspects, not just connecting via online will be implemented to console games in the best way ever. The cycle of console games up till now was to buy a game and play it for several hours and then buy a new game. I think the cycle will change and something other than this cycle will become the next trend. A new console such as PS4 needs to incorporate this aspect well to maximize its potential.

Note from the Soul Sacrifice team: Soul Sacrifice players: Thank you for supporting the game! While most are enjoying the game without issue, we’ve had a few people get in touch with us regarding issues redeeming the game’s Online Pass and/or accessing bonus launch content. We apologize for any frustration caused!

In order to get to the bottom of these issues as quickly as possible, we’ve created a detailed walkthrough (with screens) on the official PlayStation community forums to help address what some folks are encountering.

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+ KirAMinh on May 10th, 2013 at 9:06 am said:

Failed to redeem the code. Someone already entered it with very quick hands .


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    + Justin Massongill on May 10th, 2013 at 2:40 pm said:

    There was a technical hiccup with the last two codes; we’ve replaced them with new codes that should last much, much longer. Go get ‘em!


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+ a1_re4 on May 10th, 2013 at 9:07 am said:

The last two codes are already gone :(


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    + Aram Jabbari on May 10th, 2013 at 10:02 am said:

    All four codes should have easily been redeemed by early viewers of the post; they are not infinite, but they’re decidedly generous in their finite-ness (or should have been, anyways).

    Our apologies! We’re looking into the issue and will update ASAP.


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+ admbrtcnnll on May 10th, 2013 at 9:07 am said:

Such a great game! Great work Sir!


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+ Kodax_ShC on May 10th, 2013 at 9:09 am said:

Last two codes dont work :(


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+ J-Kisner on May 10th, 2013 at 9:11 am said:

I was able to grab the first two, but the last two didn’t work… Still, very awesome thank you so much!


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+ nathanuc1988 on May 10th, 2013 at 9:11 am said:

Nice interview! I’m looking forward to the next installment (and finishing the first!). I am, however, having issues redeeming the last two spells (Spirits’ Blazestone and Spirits’ Frostblade). Is it just me or is anyone else having the issues too?


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+ ck2875 on May 10th, 2013 at 9:12 am said:

First two worked for me, as well. Last two? Not so much. Thanks for the free DLC though.


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+ VdeVenancio on May 10th, 2013 at 9:12 am said:

Got the first two as well, but didn’t have success with the other two. But thank you! It’s an awesome game indeed!


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+ JellyJugs on May 10th, 2013 at 9:13 am said:

was able to get the first 2 but not the last two but thanks… feel free to add me if anyone wants to play


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+ Bowstar on May 10th, 2013 at 9:13 am said:

Similar issue here. The Blazestone and Frostblade are invalid or not active yet.


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+ KirAMinh on May 10th, 2013 at 9:13 am said:

First Two also worked for me . Last two was gone , too.


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+ tdlypsdoff on May 10th, 2013 at 9:15 am said:

Same here. Must be a problem with the codes.

BTW, I love being able to redeem codes over the PC!! By the time I would get home these would surely be used up.


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+ Christian399 on May 10th, 2013 at 9:15 am said:

Incredible game! The Vita NEEDS more like this. Original IPs. I can’t wait to see what is cooked up for the sequel. I think a bit more “openness” and monster variety would be great. Perhaps some secondary stuff to do. BUT, none of that horrid “daily chore” stuff that Monster Hunter delves into. I have a job in the real world and I don’t need to do virtual chores thank you. So a fine balance between the instant – refreshing – jump into it combat of Soul Sacrifice and perhaps some of the lesser gathering rituals as seen in Demon’s Souls (hiding stuff in large areas – different drops from the same monsters, etc.).


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+ Christian399 on May 10th, 2013 at 9:16 am said:

Oh and keep the DLC coming please. Don’t do that annoying thing where Japan gets everything and our DLC gets cut in 1/2.


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+ Frulond on May 10th, 2013 at 9:19 am said:

Got first 2 codes but it’s impossible to redeem last 2


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+ Joaquin27488 on May 10th, 2013 at 9:19 am said:

Please, just renew the codes, those spells look really cool, everyone deserves them. First two worked just fine.


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+ JellyJugs on May 10th, 2013 at 9:19 am said:

im glad im following PS on twitter thats how i found out about codes


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+ Christian399 on May 10th, 2013 at 9:19 am said:

Could not get the last 2 as many have stated.


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+ SamuelSpade on May 10th, 2013 at 9:20 am said:

Same here last 2 codes don’t work! Fix please!


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+ Zookey on May 10th, 2013 at 9:21 am said:

Last 2 codes are broken–other than that LOVING THE GAME!


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+ ZaGe-zAiKaNo on May 10th, 2013 at 9:22 am said:

Awesome interview! Loving Soul Sacrifice, glad it made it to top 2 in the Vita section for April & hope it stays there for May, as well.

Thanks for the free DLC, Inafune-san & thanks for creating my favorite Street Fighter character “Adon”.


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+ ps_n_blog_ac on May 10th, 2013 at 9:23 am said:

well judging by the comments the last two actually don’t work… :/


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+ JamCap on May 10th, 2013 at 9:24 am said:

I love this game but yeah the last two codes didn’t work.


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+ komentra on May 10th, 2013 at 9:24 am said:

Like other have said the two codes are not working: Spirits’ Blazestone & Spirits’ Frostblade.


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+ joaryche on May 10th, 2013 at 9:25 am said:

top 2 work … bottom 2 no luck


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+ Anddo on May 10th, 2013 at 9:26 am said:

Last two codes don’t work.

I just beat the game an hour ago. I loved every second of it. The soundtrack was much better than expected for this type of game. I also thoroughly enjoyed the story.


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+ I-Dusk-I on May 10th, 2013 at 9:27 am said:

Adding to the “last two codes” don’t work list.


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+ JamCap on May 10th, 2013 at 9:27 am said:

I need a strong stone offering. That Cerberus is like Gandalf. Thou shall not pass!


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+ UnrealButcher on May 10th, 2013 at 9:32 am said:

Yeah, first two worked, but not the second two for some reason. I did them before the first comments were posted. So wouldn’t think they already ran out.

Thanks.


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+ NinjaMicWZ on May 10th, 2013 at 9:33 am said:

These codes don’t work for me and neither did the one I was emailed after the game released. What’s the problem?


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+ bitmuncher on May 10th, 2013 at 9:34 am said:

Couldn´t download any of the DLC to the PSVita, message is that codes were already redeemed :S


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+ Joaquin27488 on May 10th, 2013 at 9:34 am said:

I hope they don’t work, if they are already depleted that would be really bad :(


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+ akisuo on May 10th, 2013 at 9:34 am said:

Was able to get the first two codes, but looks like the last two are already gone. =(


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+ gradeschoolninja on May 10th, 2013 at 9:34 am said:

The last two codes didn’t work for me either.

I’m having an absolute BLAST with this game, though. Easily the best I’ve played on the Vita yet, if not the best this entire generation.


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+ Joaquin27488 on May 10th, 2013 at 9:35 am said:

@30: Did you redeem the first two at least?


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+ Apeman24 on May 10th, 2013 at 9:37 am said:

Thank you, for the free stuff.


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+ reson8er on May 10th, 2013 at 9:37 am said:

Is it possible the last 2 codes are posted incorrectly?


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+ Craazy on May 10th, 2013 at 9:38 am said:

Redeemed the first two…..but there was some timeout issues and other weird things…….but I finally got em. the last two…..nothing…..were those only for like 5 people?


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+ DenzelVilliers13 on May 10th, 2013 at 9:39 am said:

Sony my queen … the last 2 codes already gone D:

Fix to us :O


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+ Ephemeris on May 10th, 2013 at 9:39 am said:

Love this game.


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+ dodgedoors on May 10th, 2013 at 9:40 am said:

last 2 codes don’t work


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+ DawningWolf55 on May 10th, 2013 at 9:41 am said:

I cam in here to say that this game has been awesome! Second of all, first two codes worked but the last two have been saying consumed and I highly doubt they were consumed.


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+ DaGimp13 on May 10th, 2013 at 9:43 am said:

Spirits’ Viviblossom & Spirits’ Frostblade codes don’t work at all, they come up as invalid or incorrect. the first 2 codes worked fine. just not sure why offer 2 free codes that don’t work is all.

Great interview btw.


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+ DaGimp13 on May 10th, 2013 at 9:45 am said:

sorry, meant Spirits’ Blazestone, not Spirits’ Viviblossom. Spirits’ Viviblossom code worked, but it was Blazestone and Frostblade that didnt work.


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+ Joaquin27488 on May 10th, 2013 at 9:47 am said:

@43: So you were able to download the third code? Spirits’ Blazestone?

Mortar magic is really powerful if that spell is anything like the Blightstone from the pre-order, we really really need it xD Jack-o-Lantern runs would cap at about 30 seconds lol


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+ KentoMaiku on May 10th, 2013 at 9:47 am said:

Did anyone redeem the last two codes?


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+ styroteqe on May 10th, 2013 at 9:47 am said:

Thanks anyway, but they’re already redeemed. w0mp w0mp :(


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+ UnrealButcher on May 10th, 2013 at 9:53 am said:

Sorry OFFTOPIC:

Is anyone able to get on the forums? I haven’t been able to for about an hour now. Thanks.

http://community.us.playstation.com/


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+ carlthewinner on May 10th, 2013 at 9:53 am said:

Thanks for the free items! GREAT GAME! :) I am really loving it!

Like many have said, the last two codes don’t work. I know it says once they are depleted they are gone, but if they are gone already, it seems like it is a bug, not that they are just depleted.

Let us know please :)


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+ Reluctant-Hero on May 10th, 2013 at 9:53 am said:

Just like everyone else, I can’t redeem the final two codes. The Blazestone and Frostblade. But thank you for the ViviBlossom and Storm Pinion!


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