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Soul Sacrifice hits snag, Ninja Gaiden gets zombie spinoff

By: Musa Afridi

  |   September 22nd, 2012   |  

Keiji Inafune the creator of both IPs has become news for two reasons as his upcoming PlayStation Vita title gets delayed until 2013 and a new Ninja Gaiden game, complete with the undead, is teased.

During the Tokyo Game Show, Sony made a number of announcements, which although did not raise the roof, still managed to garner the interest of the gaming community as a whole.

A new PlayStation 3 console was announced that was both lighter, smaller and more energy efficient console, priced to compete with the release of the upcoming Wii U console from Nintendo during the holiday season.

At the same time there were a number of game announcements made during the game show as well, however, not all of them were good news.

One game that did catch everyone’s attention during the Tokyo Game Show as a whole, was the teaser for the upcoming Ninja Gaiden game, which is a zombie spin off, for more on that story click here.

While excitement for that game grows, there was some rather disappointing news relating to an exclusive PlayStation Vita, which is currently being developed by Inafune’s team. Soul Sacrifice is a game that is looking to bring the emotional connection between the gamer and the in-game character to a whole new level.

In order to summon spells, players must make sacrifices and that can include anything from sacrificing a rock to their limbs. The greater the character’s sacrifice the more powerful the spell. One example is the fire spell, which burns away the characters skin and diminishes his health while at the same time burning enemies to a crisp.

However, the title has been delayed as Inafune confirmed that the team needed more time to get the game up to the standards they expect of a game. The release has been pushed back until 2013, which if one looks at it, could prove to be a blessing in disguise for the game.

If the game was to release during the hectic holiday season it would go up against the likes of Assassin’s Creed: Liberation and Black Ops: Declassified. Not only that but full-on console titles would also take away sales, with Halo 4 and Black Ops 2 being just two of many examples.

With a 2013 release date, Soul Sacrifice has more room, in terms of consumer attention, with which to operate and financially it could prove to be beneficial. However, at the end of the day, the game needs to live up to expectations but if it does work out then the PlayStation Vita could finally have that killer app that it so desperately needs.

But what about the readers; are you interested in Soul Sacrifice or is it a game you will pass on? Let us know in the comments section below.