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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)

C7DE-37NA-758R



Spirits’ Viviblossom

Soul Sacrifice: Spirits Viviblossom

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

P5CJ-PNNL-R79C



Spirits’ Blazestone

Soul Sacrifice: Spirits Blazestone

Ball provided by the Fire Spirits (Attributes: Heat)

Q9GJ-BTNL-CEB5



Spirits’ Frostblade

Soul Sacrifice: Spirits Frostblade

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

4R7F-QENE-CD4L

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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178 Comments   6 Replies

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+ ck2875 on May 10th, 2013 at 2:41 pm said:

Last two codes are updated and worked for me. Thanks!


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+ cool_trainer on May 10th, 2013 at 2:42 pm said:

The new codes worked for me, Thank You!


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+ MrPhineasPoe on May 10th, 2013 at 2:44 pm said:

:( new codes did not work for me, and i refreshed the page the minute the tweet went out.


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    + Justin Massongill on May 11th, 2013 at 1:43 pm said:

    Hey, I see you commented a few times about not being able to redeem the codes. Try opening this post in a different web browser, or clearing your cache in the one you’re using. Your browser might be serving a cached version of the post, meaning you’re still seeing the old codes. Let us know if it works!


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+ letherclad on May 10th, 2013 at 2:46 pm said:

I got all 4 offerings, thanks guys!


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+ Joaquin27488 on May 10th, 2013 at 2:46 pm said:

The new codes worked for me, thank you for fixing it and for the additional content!


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+ I-Dusk-I on May 10th, 2013 at 2:46 pm said:

Thank you. Working now :)


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+ doaicon on May 10th, 2013 at 2:47 pm said:

Got the First two and the last one. Spirits Blazestone you have evaded me yet again!


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+ KrisButtar on May 10th, 2013 at 2:48 pm said:

Thanks guys the last 2 work now!!!! :)


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+ MrPhineasPoe on May 10th, 2013 at 2:49 pm said:

How are they working for everyone else? Anyone getting them to work at this point?


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+ THE_DREAMAN on May 10th, 2013 at 2:51 pm said:

the third one worked for me, but the fourth one did not.

I have no idea how limited these were, but I was able to get the first 2 with ease even minutes after the tweet.

Now? I was already redeeming the moment i saw the tweet and yet still missed out on the fourth.


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+ BlackSlateWeb on May 10th, 2013 at 2:51 pm said:

Fantastic article. I have been able to redeem without issue.


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+ MrPhineasPoe on May 10th, 2013 at 2:53 pm said:

Must have been super limited. I refreshed the page, saw the new codes, pasted them into a waiting redeem field and they were invalid :/

Looked over and saw the tweet was 1 min old at that point.

Aww, well. First two items were rad. Thanks for the giveaway.


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+ GoToSea2 on May 10th, 2013 at 2:53 pm said:

yay thanks man


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+ coffeenuts on May 10th, 2013 at 2:55 pm said:

Last 2 worked for me!!! Thanks!!!


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+ Rukia on May 10th, 2013 at 2:56 pm said:

Thanks for the follow threw guys, got them ^ ^


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+ Nightmare142 on May 10th, 2013 at 2:59 pm said:

Got it! thanks


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+ GhostX1984 on May 10th, 2013 at 3:07 pm said:

Thank you for the codes! Excellent game. I platinumed it and beat all the lost chapters and i’m still enjoying it.


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+ gr1mj0w on May 10th, 2013 at 3:11 pm said:

thanks for the codes!


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+ SilentShadowX2 on May 10th, 2013 at 3:12 pm said:

Thanks for the codes <3


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+ lisatsunami on May 10th, 2013 at 3:14 pm said:

Woot, last 2 work now. Thanks team!


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+ tatty187 on May 10th, 2013 at 3:15 pm said:

Thanks for the fix!!

Is there any way to get the spirits falcon feather dlc? That seems to be the only dlc incentive I missed.


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+ Reluctant-Hero on May 10th, 2013 at 3:28 pm said:

Awesome, I was able to redeem the final two items with the updated codes. Thank you!


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+ UnrealButcher on May 10th, 2013 at 3:32 pm said:

Cool. They worked this time. Thanks.


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+ THe_DeiCiDe on May 10th, 2013 at 3:39 pm said:

Last 2 codes working now. Thanks for the support, and localizing my favorite vita game to date. I haven’t enjoyed a game this much since Demons Souls!


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+ bitmuncher on May 10th, 2013 at 3:41 pm said:

All codes now working for me, thanks a lot!!!!


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    + Aram Jabbari on May 10th, 2013 at 4:31 pm said:

    Glad to hear it! Thank you for your patience!


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+ komentra on May 10th, 2013 at 3:44 pm said:

Thanks for fixing the last two codes. You guys are awesome!


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+ Regor91 on May 10th, 2013 at 3:47 pm said:

Thanks for the fix (and the free dlc, of course)!


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+ joaryche on May 10th, 2013 at 4:01 pm said:

thanks for the fix. and thanks for the free stuff…


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+ GhostX1984 on May 10th, 2013 at 4:06 pm said:

Frostblade is pretty much the only code here that’s worth downloading once you beat everything. It has 50 attack compared to the 45 attack of the one you can make. It only has 2 casts vs the 10 casts of the one you can make, but it does higher dps.


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+ Tjoeb123 on May 10th, 2013 at 4:16 pm said:

Thx for the codes!!

Too bad these (as well as demo and pre-order offerings) aren’t giftable…


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+ Craiji on May 10th, 2013 at 4:44 pm said:

I am so stuck on this game right now, I love everything about it. Thank you guys for the free offerings.

What kind of premium DLC will we see after the 13 free bosses?


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+ Darth_Chaos09 on May 10th, 2013 at 5:07 pm said:

I’m really enjoying all the Soul Sacrifice support. Keep it up guys ^_^

Plus, I really hope sony is interested in a Soul Sacrifice 2 ^_-


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+ xClayMeow on May 10th, 2013 at 5:25 pm said:

Was able to successfully redeem all four codes through the SEN web store (at 815P ET). Thank you! Haven’t checked the Peddler yet though.

I think it’s pretty cool to be able to get offerings via codes, but my only problem with these limited edition offerings (like the pre-order ones), is that they cannot be used in fusing, or even boosting since we only get one. I wish there was a way we could extend their usefulness.


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+ VG_JUNKY on May 10th, 2013 at 5:39 pm said:

Damn i want Inefune’s autograph if he’d draw me a little scetch of Librom c:


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+ StalkerD on May 10th, 2013 at 5:46 pm said:

All 4 codes worked here. Thank you very much for these Offerings!

I’m very glad to see how well the game is being supported, with first week incentives and now 4 additional offerings.

Also, I have been playing this game for I while and it is simply fantastic. It is way better than I expected, and I had high expectations for the new Inafune game. The story is really captivating, I keep wanting to play more to learn what else is written on Libron.

I like how everything in the game is full of personality. From the lesser fiends to the stages, everything has a cool back-story behind it. There are some finds that when I learned their back-story, I just could not bring myself to sacrifice them. And others that I just could not even think about saving.

It is also very cool to learn the story from a specific arena and then find a monster that shares stories with the place. Amazing.

To top it all, it is extremely fun and challenging. The battle against the Cerberus was simply incredible, I really felt awesome when I managed to devise an effective strategy to take him down.

Easily one of the best games available on the Vita.


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+ Archaga on May 10th, 2013 at 5:47 pm said:

Black Rite? Sounds like Equivalent Exchange to me.


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+ wilfareus on May 10th, 2013 at 6:01 pm said:

Redeemed the codes! Thank you!
Sid, this game really needs an artbook, please let the SS team know :D
all the concept art is wonderful and beautiful!


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+ Guimace on May 10th, 2013 at 6:12 pm said:

This game is incredible.

Can’t wait to try the codes and new spells, thank you!.


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+ Luther-Kraven on May 10th, 2013 at 6:44 pm said:

Nice game, Great Story Line. missions are a little repetitive but the variety of creatures and the skills system are just great. I have a preorder version and i’m very Happy. 100% recomended


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+ Dpen00 on May 10th, 2013 at 6:49 pm said:

Thank you Sony for the awesome codes.


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+ SamuelSpade on May 10th, 2013 at 7:27 pm said:

Why is there not a guide for this? I don’t usually want or need one, but with all the spells…it would be so helpful.


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+ Pianna87 on May 10th, 2013 at 7:34 pm said:

Thanks for the DLC. Can’t wait for the DLC monsters to arrive.


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+ Thirty3Three on May 10th, 2013 at 8:21 pm said:

@ADAM

TOBIUS FUNKE REFERENCE!

Love the codes, thank you so much!

Looking forward to Arrested Development, too! :)

MOO


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+ DarkOne_PR on May 10th, 2013 at 8:26 pm said:

Thank U keiji For this awesome and MUCH needed Exclusive for the vita!


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+ Elvick_ on May 10th, 2013 at 9:06 pm said:

Got ‘em all.


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+ Kolyene on May 10th, 2013 at 10:06 pm said:

Just got them all, so there’s still codes left.


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+ Zaul13 on May 10th, 2013 at 10:16 pm said:

Thanks Very Much For The Codes, I`m Only Waiting For The New Bosses !!!


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+ pandakids09 on May 10th, 2013 at 10:36 pm said:

Awesome game i so glad im pre-ordered it totally worth it. Any body want to play online? Just add me =)


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+ TomatoDragon on May 10th, 2013 at 11:33 pm said:

Thanks for these. Love the game.


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+ PrinceofXIII on May 10th, 2013 at 11:58 pm said:

got al 4 :D

thanks for the free DLC :)


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