Freedom Wars, Soul Sacrifice Delta, and Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines coming to North America and Europe
posted on 04.14.14 at 10:20 AM EST by (@salromano)
Sony confirms three new PS Vita localizations.

Freedom Wars

Freedom Wars, Soul Sacrifice Delta, and Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines (Over My Dead Body 2 / Ore no Shikabane wo Koete Yuke 2) are coming to PS Vita in North America and Europe, Sony Computer Entertainment announced.

Coming first on May 13 in North America and May 14 in Europe is Soul Sacrifice Delta. Launched in Japan last month, it is an extended cut of last year’s Soul Sacrifice with new features including gameplay and graphical improvements, and new levels, characters, and spells. A new faction, Grim, and the ability to choose a third option of “Fate” on top of “Sacrifice” or “Save” has also been added.

Freedom Wars, developed by SCE Japan Studio, God Eater studio Shift, and Dimps, places players in the far future where atmospheric pollution has devastated the planet, and harsh penal communities known as “Panopticons” secure the earth’s remaining resources. Using a custom created character and working together with up to seven other players, you’ll complete missions, reduce your prison sentence, and fight your way to freedom. Its release is set for sometime this year.

Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines is an RPG where you control an ancient Japanese clan cursed with a maximum lifespan of two years. You’re tasked with leading the clan on their quest to lift the curse and enlist the help of gods inspired by Japanese mythology to make sure each new generation of the class is more powerful than the last. Its release frame was not announced.

Watch the announcement trailers below.

Freedom Wars

Soul Sacrifice Delta

  • Renaldi Saputra

    yeah

  • Wolf Star

    2014 is great year for Ps vita!!! :3

    • DarkLegacy

      Ikr. It’s also a year of Next-Gen

      • Wolf Star

        So far so good

        • DarkLegacy

          Exactly. Greatness Awaits

  • Unretributed

    Hopefully if OMDB2 doesn’t flop they can confirm that too.

    Also Namco should localize GE2. Even if its digital only I wouldn’t mind.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      it’s hard for Bamco to localize their own 1st party exclusive PS Vita game, even games that have licensing issues

      • Budgiecat

        nopes

        • Renaldi Saputra

          is there any 1st party PS Vita game that Bamco had localized?

          • Budgiecat

            Ridge Racer
            Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z
            Touch My Katamari
            One Piece: Unlimited World Red

            • Renaldi Saputra

              DBZ is multi-platform like PS3
              One Piece Unlimited world Red is also a port from 3DS..
              the other 2 are a yes, but they didn’t sell well

    • Jesse

      Isn’t one of those those listed OMDB2? ^^;

      • Unretributed

        That wasn’t in the original post.

        • Jesse

          Ah, Ok. ^^;

    • Raiyu

      This is OMDB2.

      • Unretributed

        That wasn’t in the original post.

  • Guest

    Damn…

    • Elvick

      God did nothing for her hair…

      • Budgiecat

        makes her look albino…

    • jujubee88

      Nope.

  • donitaruga

    God is real.

    • Budgiecat

      God Eater 2
      Phantasy Star Online 2 (and its spin off)
      toukiden Kiwami
      J-Stars Victory VS
      Final Fantasy type Zero
      Valkyria Chronicles 3 (eh just make a compilation)

      still missing those

      • ekibyougami

        nevermind. He edited his post. lolz

        • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

          Are you guys not reading this post?

          • Anime10121

            Probably shouldve put Over My Dead Body 2 in the headline instead of Oreshika…

            Seems like the only thing people read are the headlines :P

          • ekibyougami

            It wasn’t there when we posted xD
            I just saw it after you replied Sal :D

      • Renaldi Saputra

        J-Stars?
        you wish it to get localized?
        seems impossible

        btw over my dead body 2 got also localized by SCE

        • Budgiecat

          So did tatsunoko vs Capcom

          • Renaldi Saputra

            but, hey, Jstars characters are from animanga, licensing from animanga series is much expensive than game series

            • Budgiecat

              da fuck? tatsunoko

              tatsunoko
              tatsunoko
              tatsunoko

            • Anime10121

              So is Tatsunoko…

              • Renaldi Saputra

                even though so, how many licenses that Jstars have?
                a bunch…

                what you will say? so is tatsunoko? I don’t think so

                • Budgiecat

                  da fuck? the amount doesn’t matter, it’s the point of multiple licenses example.

                  Hurricane Polymar
                  Gatchaman
                  Casshern
                  Ippatsuman
                  tekkaman
                  Karas
                  Golden Lightan
                  tekkaman Blade

                  Genie Family (Hakushon Daimaou) didn’t make it in due to licensing issues…

                  • Renaldi Saputra

                    Bamco isn’t like Capcom, Bamco is worse than Capcom

                    let’s see Jstars

                    Dr. Slump
                    Yu yu hakusho
                    Bo bo bo
                    Gintama
                    Toriko
                    Dragon Ball
                    Naruto
                    Bleach
                    One piece
                    To love ru
                    Nisekoi
                    Law of Ueki
                    Hunter X Hunter
                    D Gray Man
                    and many more…

                    all is Shueisha series

                    • Budgiecat

                      “worse” is subjective

                      they both have bad elements about them that are difficult to directly compare.

                      But you got Capcom, who effectively kill some of their series with either cancellations, or bad outsourcing, or bad dumb down Western influence, or nickle and diming consumers. Let’s list:

                      Onimusha
                      Megaman
                      RE ORC, 6
                      Clock tower
                      DmC
                      Breath of Fire
                      Last Ranker
                      E.X. troopers
                      Darkstalkers
                      Project Justice
                      Destroying Clover studios
                      SF IV fiasco
                      Marvel vs Capcom 3 fiasco
                      SF X tekken fiasco
                      Monster Hunter trolling

                      And not counting ignoring Gundam localization, ignoring .Hack, possibly Digimon, giving us crappy Soul Calibur F2P, ignoring tales of Hearts R/Innocence R, bad Ridge Racer Unbounded, and ignoring localizing God Eater 2, Namco has localized:

                      Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure ASB
                      Saint Seiya Brave Soldiers
                      One Piece Unlimited World RED
                      Naruto & DBZ games (we are tired of getting lol)

                    • Renaldi Saputra

                      well, you forgot Summon Night series for Bamco

                    • Budgiecat

                      okay. Not like that changes much….

                    • Renaldi Saputra

                      maybe I didn’t explain the “worse” before
                      what I meant was worse on localizing..
                      sorry, forgot to add that

                    • Budgiecat

                      Capcom doesn’t have many diverse titles. the stuff they have are long running series that have always been localized so its not saying much.

                    • Nitraion

                      Lol you know what…
                      Nice Cat-fight…

                • Anime10121

                  The only difference is the amount of series. Tatsunoko’s licenses are spread out thin as well!

                  Trust though that I’m not disagreeing with your initial post, I also think that J Stars has a snow ball’s chance in hell of being localized, but it just sounded like this statement

                  “but, hey, Jstars characters are from animanga, licensing from animanga series is much expensive than game series”

                  was a bit misinformed…

                  • Renaldi Saputra

                    licensing from animanga series is indeed much expensive, and even with a bunch of animanga series in the game

                    • Anime10121

                      But thats the point I’m trying to make, Tatsunoko ARE an animanga series. Tvs.C just didnt utilize as many Tatsunoko series as Jump did with J Stars…

                    • Renaldi Saputra

                      yeah, well, Jstars are all from animanga, when TvsC are only some

                    • Sevyne

                      Both of you are talking in circles.

                    • Budgiecat

                      makes no difference

  • ekibyougami

    I’d be expecting a Freedom Wars “G” version or whatever since it’s the trend.
    And Toukiden Kiwami/Ultimate next year for the West no doubt.

    Okay wallet, we need to have another talk ._.

  • Vishant Verma

    id kill for ps3 ports of either,
    i mean the uber crappy ragnarok odyssey got one….

  • $102890726

    Well that was surprising.

  • Anime10121

    Sony’s doing a pretty good job supporting Vita! Now if they could only get some of the larger third parties to do the same…

  • Guest

    I really love Soul Sacrifice’s musics and ambiance, the gameplay just didn’t do it for me which is a real shame, but that won’t prevent me from liking the rest.

    As for Freedom Wars and OreShika, all of my yes. I already saw the FW trailer as there was a leak a few days ago but that’s neat. Especially OreShika which I was not expecting as soon as the others.

    • Kayseur

      Well duh, sorry. I didn’t want to embed the video, but it seems it did it itself when I linked it.

      Tried to delete the comment but now it appears as guest. If the mods want to delete it, feel free to do so.

  • blank059

    Really didn’t think any of these would be localised, especially Over My Dead Body 2.

    • Anime10121

      The only one I had suspicions about was Oreshika, the others had like a 95% (FW) and 99% (SS:D) chance of coming :P

      • Budgiecat

        what’s up with Capcom’s PS4 Deep Down?

        • Anime10121

          Down Deep in the middle of nowhere?…

          Heck if I know :P

          Though I only wanna play the game for its music, as it never did seemed all that interesting to me, even in its initial trailer (though it does LOOK nice)

      • blank059

        The only one that I thought had a chance was Freedom Was. Didn’t think there was a chance we’d get OMDB2 and I didn’t think we’d get SS Detla since it’s an update of a previously released game. Really surprising. Just hope Sony markets the Vita well now.

        • Anime10121

          We get PLENTY of updated ports (unless their Square games, then we have to wait 10 years for “remasters) :P

          But hoping this’ll be a catalyst to make Sony start marketing the Vita is futile. They’ll continue releasing games for it, but in the west, they only see the thing as a companion device :(

  • Elvick

    Glad to have the confirmation. :D

    I hope there’s retail releases for all of them, in North America and Europe.

  • EX+

    Welp, time to buy a VITA.

    • MyBodyIsReady

      The time to buy a Vita was ages ago :P

  • desponent

    I’m dead, couldn’t ask for more.

    Well I actually can, Digimon too please!

    • EX+

      It probably will be localized.

    • Budgiecat

      oh yeah

    • Anime10121

      These are all first party games, for Digimon, you’d have to look to Namdai…

      And based on their history with Vita…you might as well look for heaven while you’re still alive :/

      • EX+

        Bug Gio Corsi about it. Lol
        Just spam the guy’s twitter.

        • Anime10121

          Who is he again?

          • Budgiecat

            I think he’s that Sony 3rd party relations guy..

            • Anime10121

              If thats the case, I dont see how that would help, as they’ve yet to bring ANYTHING of relevance since it was created besides an easy port of an already English game :/

              • Budgiecat

                He did say wait till late Spring/Summer…

              • tubers

                If Tales does really make it then it may have worked.

                I also wouldn’t be surprised if the 3rd Party Relations team were half responsible for some of the localized VITA games.

                I doubt a single line of tweet is so much of a hassle.. unless one’s all against the principle of using Twitter.

      • Elvick

        Bamco.

        • Anime10121

          4ever Namdai to me :(

          • Elvick

            I’ve always used Bamco to shorten their names. It sounds better.

            I’ll still type Namco Bandai though. :P Because that one sounds better than Bandai Namco.

            • Anime10121

              And to me Namdai sounds better :P

              And yep, still Namco Bandai to me (or just Namco depending upon what were talking about)

      • desponent

        Like the One Piece Unlimited Red Vita that doesn’t exist in even Japan and Hearts R?

        • Anime10121

          A One Piece game (9/10 One Piece, DBZ, and/or Naruto games get localized) that they port to Vita, and an unconfirmed (although highly likely) localization of a decently popular JRPG series dont have a lot of correlation to a series that’s pretty much died in the west unfortunately :(

    • Renaldi Saputra

      Digimon is owned by Bamco
      SCE might have no power to get them

  • orzorzorz

    wow, even Oreshika? this is the best localization news i’ve heard this year

    • Zackasaur

      As long as it’s physical… If it’s digital license only, they’re just rubbing salt in the wounds.

  • https://twitter.com/Stealth___ Stealth

    Vita is having a nice jrpg year.

  • Ladius

    Fantastic news, I will buy both Freedom Wars and Oreshika :)

    Considering the Gamestop listing of Tales of Hearts R, it’s likely we could see another announcement very soon. Shahid teased something new on Twitter yesterday, and considering Hearts R was #jrpgvita’s most requested game chances are we are in for another great announcement.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      idk but localization decision of Tales of on PSV lies on Bamco

      • Anime10121

        Exactly, as I recall MANY studios tried to bring Tales of games to the west when we were having that big Tales drought in the west

        • Renaldi Saputra

          maybe bcos it’s not a main series (only remake IIRC), Bamco is kinda lazy for it

          • Anime10121

            Hearts IS a main game though. Hearts R is just a better version of a main game that we’ve never gotten…

            • Renaldi Saputra

              that’s what I mentioned, Hearts R

              • Budgiecat

                Hearts R is a main series, remake or not…

                • Renaldi Saputra

                  but it’s still a remake, not original series

            • Elvick

              Better is debatable with Hearts vs Hearts R. Given the huge differences.

              But I’ll happily take Hearts R in English over neither version being brought over.

              I wish we could have gotten both. But I imported the Japanese version of Hearts so all is well… apart from not being able to read Japanese.

        • Ladius

          Sony is in a completely different position than a small, niche publisher like XSEED or Aksys, though. It’s a bit like Nintendo working on the localization of Square Enix or Level 5 games, if you will.

          • Anime10121

            True, as Nintendo did help get Symphonia localized, so I guess it could happen…

            • Ladius

              Yeah, Tales already had first party publishing partnerships for Symphonia GC and Phantasia GBA in the west.

    • OverlordZetta

      Shahid’s taking credit for things he had nothing to do with again I see.

      • Elvick

        People hating Shahid without knowing what they hell they’re talking about again I see.

        • OverlordZetta

          As opposed to worshipping the ground he works on for doing nothing?

          • Elvick

            As opposed to liking him for his personality and work with indies. Which is what I do.

            But be a douche all you want. It’s your freedom.

            • OverlordZetta

              His work with indies is fine, but that’s all he does – his words give a very different impression of the work he actually does, which understandably gives people a negative impression of him. He can’t go raving about the Vita then only focus on indies. That’s nice in small doses, and some of my favorite Vita games are indies, but despite his claims of grandeur, he’s not doing much in the grand scheme of things.

              How mature of you.

              • shogunknight

                Im pretty sure its not just indies he brings to the handheld. Even if its the only thing he does, hes been doing a good job delivering them. Its good to have someone to easily tweet or approach in needs for localization/port or new game, he listens and he gives feedback as best as he can. So we may not be getting the specific game we want from him yet, but at least since his arrival we have been getting a bunch of titles and announcements from him. Its better than not having any games or someone to call out for ports, re-releases or localizations.

                • OverlordZetta

                  As far as I’ve seen, indies is the only thing that he’s done – and if that were all he claimed to be doing, I would have no problem.

                  But when you claim to love the Vita and want it to succeed, not just as an indie device but as a device period, then months of releases go by and you don’t mention a single one of them, eyebrows are going to be raised.

      • Ladius

        I will never understand the hate for that guy. He has done an awesome job for Vita’s indie lineup, and he’s been working on #jrpgvita since last year. Sure, we have had no announcements about that for months, but gearing up new partnerships and figuring out the economical and technical side of new localizations isn’t something you can do overnight, especially with Japanese companies.

        I will agree that Oreshika’s localization was probably decided regardless of #jrpgvita, but if Tales of Hearts R ends up coming here chances are #jrpgvita had a role.

        • OverlordZetta

          Shahid has done nothing for the Vita but push indies – which would be fine if that was what he claimed to be doing.

          But he acts as though he’s god’s gift to the Vita, despite never promoting non-indie releases (last I checked anyway – if he’s changed his fine I’ll retract this statement) and making games promises and even false statements outright pretty regularly. He went on and on about the Vita being great, but never actually talked about most of the games on the thing – upcoming, releasing, or released. When Tearaway and Soul Sacrifice released, he didn’t say a thing. When I last checked, he had never so much as mentioned Gravity Rush or Persona 4 Golden.

          The fact Shahid never talked about anything other than indies and #jrpgvita was pretty much dropped makes me sincerely doubt him doing anything outside of pushing indies. He doesn’t push developers and if all he has to speak for after, what, over a year? Is one localization, he’s hardly doing “an awesome job” for the thing.

          If anything, he was doing more harm than he was good, which is why I had to stop reading his stuff. It was terrible.

    • $102890726

      Don’t get your hopes up.

      • Ladius

        Of course this isn’t an official announcement and it shouldn’t be treated as such, but it’s still something different from a random rumor.

        There’s no reason Tales of Hearts would have popped up in Gamestop’s US Vita release schedule (including the database) without an upcoming announcement, and given Shahid’s latest comment chances are something could be announced soon. The game is apparently already up for preorder if you go to a US Gamestop and ask for it, too.

  • OverlordZetta

    Soul Sacrifice day one, the other two I’ll research on. Hadn’t even heard of Oreshika until a few days ago actually.

  • DarkLegacy

    I’ll buy this. Vita is getting the good games this year

  • pixxxelz
  • Raiyu
  • badmoogle
  • Zackasaur

    YESSSSS.

    Just don’t be digital only. I don’t buy those.

  • shogunknight

    This is great news, seems like theres more focus on vita this year

  • new_tradition

    I had faith in Freedom Wars, but Over My Dead Body 2 honestly surprised me.

    Delta coming over is a big relief since I was so tempted to get the vanilla version during the PSN sale, but now I know I can wait.

    • OverlordZetta

      Delta may be less of a “Soul Sacrifice G” and more of an almost “Soul Sacrifice 2″ here. I haven’t seen anything definite, but it certainly seems to be leaning more towards to the latter given some of the things they’ve said about the game.

      That or it’s perhaps a reboot.

      • new_tradition

        Maybe it’s like Dissidia 012 where it has the original game campaign and a newer one packaged together with all rebalances and what not applied to the original?

  • Budgiecat

    So let’s see what SEGA has done for the Vita in terms of localizing:

    2012:
    ——-
    Power Smash
    Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz
    Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f
    Jet Set Radio
    Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed (Bonus Edition)

    2013:
    ——
    ……..

    2014:
    ——-
    Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd

    • shogunknight

      Whats all this?

      • Budgiecat

        refresh

        • shogunknight

          Hmm, thats quite a few from Sega. At least they released some titles

    • OverlordZetta

      Samurai and Dragons was never localized.

      • Budgiecat

        oh snap you’re right….

      • Lilul Vand

        Asia region, got english ver. Harharhar

    • EX+

      Tales Of Hearts R just got announced to be coming to NA. It’s a gamestop exclusive though.

      • Budgiecat

        Namco

      • Jesse

        I don’t think there’s been an official announcement yet, least not one that I’ve seen. =o

      • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

        No it hasn’t.

        • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

          Hasn’t technically been announced, but there’s a GameStop.com listing for it. The full announcement should be coming soon, tho. Waiting on that as I don’t feel like making a separate post for the European confirmation, if there is one.

          • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

            I will believe it when I see it Sal. I don’t trust any retailer.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        Bamco hadn’t even replied on their twitter

    • Skerj

      ALL I want is PSO2 (even though I’ve played my fair share of it in Japanese already), yet they keep on taunting me.

      • Budgiecat

        and Nova

        • Skerj

          And Nova.

          • jujubee88

            and also Nova.

            DEAR GOD NOVA SEGA PLS!

  • JoJo_718
  • http://twitter.com/M_Demolish Demolish

    Ps Vita 4Ever <3

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

    Really awesome news

  • Elvick

    Fucking Sony, you piece of shit. I hate you so much.

    NA: “We’re planning to release Soul Sacrifice *only on the PlayStation Store*, on May 13th.”
    http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/04/14/behind-the-scenes-at-japan-studio-allan-becker-speaks-to-playstation-blog/

    EU: “We’re planning to release Soul Sacrifice *only on PlayStation Store*, from 14th May.”
    http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2014/04/14/behind-scenes-japan-studio-allan-becker-speaks-playstation-blog/

    • JoJo_718

      I’m not too fond of that, however, some spanish and australian stores listed the title, so there’s a glimmer of hope in a physical release.

    • Zackasaur

      Well, I’m not buying that one.

    • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

      What?! Download only?! God damn you Sony. >:/

      • Elvick

        Right? It sucks so much.

        Sony is one of the worst publishers on Vita… which is dumb. It’s their own platform ffs.

        They can’t swing a limited, retail exclusive *AT LEAST*?

        • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

          Well I can justify not getting the game now. *shrug* Other than me not liking the controls in the demo of the original.

          • Elvick

            I loved the original, so I’m so disappointed, furious and sad about this.

            There’s no way that Oreshika is going to be retail. No way. So that leaves Freedom Wars.

            • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

              Well Oreshika will likely not be bought either then. Freedom Wars it is then.

            • MrFinalgamer

              You never know! BELIEVE!

              • Elvick

                I want to believe… I mean, Bamco changed their tune on One Piece Unlimited Red on Vita. And so it seems Tales of Hearts R.

                And I never thought that possible… but Sega didn’t with Project Diva f… then again, they’re doing it right with 2nd.

                So maybe… I wish I could actually have a conversation with someone at Sony. I really don’t get why they don’t try to appeal to their niche.

        • MyBodyIsReady

          I agree, I think I may have saw your comment on the US blog, I wrote something similar on the EU blog. How many times do we have to ask for physical copies? When will they learn? I won’t be buying it

          • Elvick

            Probably, I’m super bitchy about it. :P

            I just don’t get why they can’t at least try to appeal to their fans. Niche fans tend toward physical goods. So, the best way to do it is to put out a limited retail release, and if you must, make it retailer exclusive.

            Then literally everyone is happy.

            I mean, is that sort of deal really that hard to make? Or did Sony just not give a shit, thus not try? I’m going with the latter based on Sony’s Vita record so far.

            Just so disappointing, I *want* to spend my money on SS Delta. I really, really want it, but I refuse to buy digital only releases.

            I’ll buy a digital copy on sale if I really loved the game, bought Ni no Kuni for like $7 on sale and I had already bought the game day 1… twice. (Wizard Edition, EB Games for tin case) And imported it and the DS version from Japan. :| And bought the soundtrack. D:

            WHY YOU NO WANT THAT SUPPORT SONY?

            • OverlordZetta

              “I just don’t get why they can’t at least try to appeal to their fans.”
              The fact they’re even bringing it over after it didn’t even do half as well as the first one shows they are, at least, trying to appeal to their fans.

              What they aren’t doing is taking an unnecessary risk that might lose them money, as it potentially already did in Japan.

              • Elvick

                No it’s not. To many, myself included, digital only isn’t something we’ll actually support. A lot of niche game fans feel the same as I do.

                So, it’s as if the game isn’t even being released. Except it is, just not in the form we would actually buy it.

                It’s not a secret that many niche fans value retail (and a good Limited/Collector’s Edition). So it’s not at all appealing to their fans by releasing digital only.

                It’s appealing to the ones okay with digital only, only. While excluding the rest.

                • OverlordZetta

                  It’s appealing to the people who actually want the game. If you’re prioritizing trinkets like LEs that were never guaranteed in the first place over the game itself, then maybe you ought to start collecting figures or something.

                  It’s one thing to have a preference for digital or physical when there’s an option. When there isn’t, however, all you do by “fighting the power” like this is cut yourself out of a game and tell publishers and developers that there isn’t an audience AT ALL for the game. That means there may not be future localizations period – forget physical ones.

                  Not only/In addition to that, when the option for release was “digital or not at all,” as it often is for Vita titles, you can’t fault publishers for not spending the money to push a physical release that might end up costing them. That’s completely unrealistic, not to mention unreasonable. Vita localizations have been hard enough to get as it is – nothing is ever guaranteed with a system in the sad state this one is in the West. We should be thankful for every localization we get, not bitching that some don’t get physical releases. That’s appalling and it’s incredibly ungrateful to boot.

                  Note: The “yous” in this post were general yous and were not directed at any one person in particular.

                  • Elvick

                    I’m prioritizing ownership.

                    God forbid.

                    Shoo. You disagree, I get it. Moving on.

                    • OverlordZetta

                      If you weren’t going to reply, just don’t reply. Not a difficult concept.

                  • DrForbidden

                    “It’s appealing to the people who actually want the game. ”

                    I have to disagree. I actually want the game in physical card release form. I’m not keen on supporting digital only releases, since it is essentially a distribution monopoly.

                    “That’s completely unrealistic, not to mention unreasonable. Vita localizations have been hard enough to get as it is – nothing is ever guaranteed with a system in the sad state this one is in the West. We should be thankful for every localization we get, not bitching that some don’t get physical releases. That’s appalling and it’s incredibly ungrateful to boot.”

                    Unrealistic? Maybe. Unreasonable? No. Consumers don’t have to support practices they do not approve of. That’s what a free market means. I agree with the state of the Vita, but the rest of what you wrote sounds like boot-licking. Companies don’t owe us, true, but neither do we owe it to them to simply take whatever cock they want to shove in our mouths. It’s fine to disagree, but labeling others as ungrateful just because they’re unhappy they’re not getting the game in a format they actually want is simply obnoxious (I’m not calling you specifically obnoxious, mind).

                    If you ordered steak rare at a restaurant and they insist that they will only serve well-done steaks since it’s all still steak anyway, do you just shut up and eat it anyway even though it’s not what you want and are willing to pay for? No, I’m guessing you will probably walk out. You can choose to eat it, of course, but that’s YOUR CHOICE, and not because you were forced to take it. It’s a bit different with games as they are exclusive, but the basic tenet behind the consumerism is similar.

                    Yes, it is possible that not buying the digital releases will hurt chances of future localisations. It is also possible that supporting digital only releases will ensure that there will be no physical releases in future, and I suspect that will be more detrimental to the overall video games market.

                    • OverlordZetta

                      Your example doesn’t quite make any sense here. May I give it a go?

                      A more accurate example would be going into a restaurant that only serves grilled chicken and then getting upset that you can’t have it fried.

                      The option for fried was never there. In your steak analogy, there is no giving it back and getting something else in this case. Your choices are digital or nothing in this case – or grilled or nothing, whereas with the steak, all those options were on the menu from the start, which was not the case here. You didn’t order a physical copy of the game and get a code for digital, which would fit your example, you are given the option of digital or nothing.

                      In my book, if I really want a game, knowing how bad the Vita is doing right now and how lucky we are for every single localization, I’ll take that. I do prefer to have the option of physical, but when there isn’t an option at all, I don’t consider it an abuse – the company is getting the game out in some form, which is better than nothing. To go back to my example, it’s like saying they have these chickens and the only way they can cook them is to grill them. If you want to be sexual about it, it’d be more like wanting a big one and getting a tiny one– I’d rather not go there though, so moving on!

                      Now, to play devil’s advocate, what you could do here, regardinf my chicken example, is then point out that other restaurants (localization teams) serve grilled and fried chicken (release digital and physical) and therefore if they want to compete/sell well/what have you, they might want to consider also selling the fried chicken, or you will go to another restaurant.

                      On the other hand, perhaps this restaurant may not be able to make a profit if they set up the things required to fry their foods, and therefore their options are grill the chicken or not sell chicken at all. Or maybe not.

                      The rest is fair, even if I disagree, and I commend you for being civil, so I’ll leave it at that. I just wanted to comment on the example.

                    • DrForbidden

                      Hi. I apologise for being a bit late as I was too busy to log in yesterday.

                      I understand your point about the fried chicken very well. It’s a good analogy, but I suppose I don’t really agree that the roasted or grilled or whatever chicken wasn’t on the menu in the first place. Personally, I think of it as more of a chicken restaurant where they could prepare chicken in any way you ordered, even if it was not specifically on the menu. I don’t think there is anything inherently preventing physical retail copies of the games from being published, aside from (perhaps) cost. It’s not like it’s impossible (Japan and Asia got physical releases), just that they are unwilling to take the risk. Similarly, the chef can grill a chicken for you, they just don’t want to do it because it takes too long, for example. I can understand that some people are happy to settle for fried chicken, but I don’t think there is anything inherently wrong with others insisting on grilled or nothing at all. It would usually be in the best interests of the restaurant to offer both as an option whenever possible.

                      Personally, I am not supportive of a digital only model, as it becomes a monopoly and is bad for competition and diversity. When the PSPGo was launched some years ago, some brick-and-mortar stores flat-out stated they would not sell such a console, because it basically destroyed any chance of their making money from game sales while Sony benefits tremendously. A digital-only model raises this ugly spectre, and I can’t say that I wish to support it. I understand really wanting a game and not having a choice, but it is something I truly believe should be avoided and not supported.

                      I’m also apprehensive about the US PS Store. In Japan, digital versions of games on PS Store cost less than physical version MSRPs. In the US, the prices are the same. Now, given the reduced cost of producing and selling digital versions, how does Sony justify this? It seems to me they’re just giving consumers the finger and pocketing the difference.

                      Finally, it’s a good thing to save money whenever we can, but unless I’m mistaken, both SSD and FW will be published by Sony in the US. Since the publisher generally bears the cost of the retailing more than the developer, I don’t think there is a valid excuse to not have physical releases in the US where these 2 games are concerned. Now, if the publisher were NISA or something, there’d be good reasons, but I doubt poor sales of physical releases for FW and SSD would bankrupt Sony.

                      Thank you for listening to my rants!

    • OverlordZetta

      Considering how poorly Delta did in Japan, I think we should just count our blessings we’re getting it at all at this point.

      Think about it – the original came out here after a month and we knew beforehand. They probably weren’t even sure if they were going to bring this over at all.

    • MrFinalgamer

      God fucking dammit! *sigh* Not too surprising. I remember reading that, at least 50% of vita sales are digital, so obviously people will buy this no matter what. Plus, BL2 launches separately that day. Maybe a way for both of these games to not compete against each other?

      • Elvick

        Yeah, but how many of those are digital only games? :P

        And the rise of digital sales, is why I’m okay with a limited run or even exclusive retailer having it. I don’t believe that’s unreasonable. I think it’s the perfect middle ground.

    • DrForbidden

      Fuck a duck, Sony. What the hell…

      If that’s the case, I may have to consider just getting the Japanese or Asian release…

    • https://twitter.com/RyoonZ RyoonZ

      Putting all my hope on Asian version!

  • RSene

    Description says… “In near future”
    Video says… “In the far Future”

    Which one is right?

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      The video, obv. =P

      That was my bad. =)

      • RSene

        Sal Romano The description I mentioned was not yours but from Sony itself :).

        In the product page you linked, Sony wrote: “In the not-too-distant future… ”

        So the confusion is coming from Sony…

        • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

          Ah, I see. I hadn’t really looked at the product page. Based our description off the YouTube one.

  • Kobracon

    SWEET BABY JESUS! My Vita can’t handle all these great games!

  • Altin

    WOMBOOOO COMBOOOOO

  • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

    Woo not surprising but nice to hear a confirmation! :3

    • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

      Actually I am a bit surprised. They could have saved this for E3. Must means they are confident in their line-up.

      • Anime10121

        Or it’ll focus on PS3/4 and they’ll act like the Vita doesnt exist, as per usual Sony E3 :P

        • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

          That could also be… better be a strong PS3/4 line-up. (Actually ignore PS3 because it is time to move on).

        • MrFinalgamer

          Focusing on the PS3, which is already on it’s way out will just be sad. Seriously, what can they show for it, besides random 3rd party games (or maybe the first appearance of P5 on E3???).

          If this happens, Sony will have to employ some new people, because of “mysterious” disappearances.

          • Anime10121

            Just because PS4 is our doesnt mean the PS3 is “on its way out” PS2 got tons of good games for at least two-three years after PS3 was on the market. And we’ve already got Tales of Zestiria and Persona 5 to look forward to! PS3 still has plenty of third party stuffs in the works that I’m sure will be shown (honestly, it’ll still probably have more than PS4/Xbone at this early stage in their lives).

            Dont get me wrong, I do HOPE that PS4 is the main focus, but just going by industry trends and the like, PS3 will still be a major force during Sony’s presser I’m sure!

            • MrFinalgamer

              I just want them to focus on the Vita more, than the PS3. Seriously, I don’t think there has ever been a time when the Vita had more spotlight than the PS3…ever. The handheld needs that support, the PS3 doesn’t. Just show some trailers and move on from it.

              The PS4 is definitley going to get all the spotlight, at least half the conference. MS is bringing the big guns to E3, so Sony needs to do the same with the PS4, even if it means taking time from the PS3, and the Vita.

              • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

                I would say PS4 will get more than half the conference. I will say it will get 80-90+. The other being the mention in passing of Vita games such as those they announced today.

              • Anime10121

                It would be nice for them to give the Vita more spotlight, but unfortunately, it more than likely wont happen. Its a chicken and egg scenario, the Vita isnt selling as well as it should, because its lacking support, but it wont get support, because its not selling as well as it should :(

                They’re gonna push the more successful products in the west at E3, the PS3 and the PS4. But even still, I can see the PS3 taking a lot of room in the conference simply because it has so much to look forward too. Microsoft doesnt have that with their 360 (which is pretty much dead as far as exclusive releases’ll come), but PS3 does.

                Now I HOPE Sony’ll bring their A-game when it comes to stuff for PS4 as well, but it just doesnt seem like they’re really trying as hard as they should on that front simply because of the consoles stellar launch. Microsoft and the Xbone have more to prove when it comes to the Xbone (which is why they’re updating the console like crazy and talking so much about E3) and Sony seems to resting on the laurels of the PS4’s successful launch…

                As I said though, I’m hopeful for a PS4 blowout at E3, but I’m not sure whether it will be or not yet…

    • TheBlackRabbit

      aura freedom wars, we must play together

      • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

        Will do. Do I have you added?

        • TheBlackRabbit

          I do not believe so

          • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

            My PSN is auragar.

            • TheBlackRabbit

              cool will add you then, :D

              • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

                Will add you then.

  • kandori

    I guess I have to get a vita now. Always wanted to play Over My Dead Body.

  • RSene

    Can this game be played alone in single player? Or is it multiplayer only?

    • sub_o

      All I know is that I almost completed the original Soul Sacrifice alone. Got bored of the grinding. Oreshika seems to be single player JRPG. Not sure if you could play alone for Freedom Wars

      • Elvick

        I had a blast with SS alone. *shrug*

        edit; Online is better though.

    • Elvick

      If it’s like the other games in the genre, yeah you can play alone.

    • RSene

      I was referring specifically about FW.. It’s the same thing?

  • kirby755

    Damn, Soul Sacrifice Delta you snuck up on me lol, *checks wallet and sees no cash* -_- looks like I have to make quick cash again. Also Freedom Wars Sweet, now I feel great. Still its a shock to see SS Delta coming so soon.

    http://31.media.tumblr.com/b11bd71b4134d8c56802fa518db91a82/tumblr_mu11pf4yHV1qlonyso1_400.gif

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

    Not really a huge deal about the digital only release, I played the first digital only and with PSN Plus you can backup your save to the cloud

    I wonder if they’ll give us the Japanese voice overs like they did with the first game

    That bgm for Freedom Wars is pretty sweet, need to look up the soundtrack

    • OverlordZetta

      Now that’s a good attitude to have.

      • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

        :)

    • Elvick

      PS+ *
      And you can backup your saves of retail copies, except with the tiny few retail games that store the save on the cart.

    • tubers

      Sounds like Peace Walker’s Theme.. Structure felt similar.. :)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIvdj2dwfxE

      • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

        Wow, awesome bgm. Thanks for sharing :)

        • tubers

          Thanks.. And I thank a random forum poster from months back who brought it up xD Forgot is forum name :P

  • RSene

    Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines is actually over my dead body 2 is seems. Sony could have opted to keep the over my dead body 2 name from the original, what do you think?

    • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

      I like how they did it because it may confuse people if it is called 2. Because we didn’t get the first one. *looks at Conception II (comes out tomorrow!)*

      • RSene

        Good point

    • jujubee88

      In Japanese it’s ore no sika something something (which google translate style = over my dead body). I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure that’s what it is.

      • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

        ore no shikabane wo koete yuke (2)

        • jujubee88

          Noice!

  • jujubee88

    happy.gif

  • Syltique

    Soul Sacrifice Delta doesn’t look like it really offers enough incentive to return to the same game. I couldn’t even finish the first, despite really enjoying it, because it was so grind heavy.

    Freedom Wars and Dead Body are pretty great announcements though! I’ll get both for sure.

    • jujubee88

      I loves me some grinding ;) If the weapons and items are all new and the worlds and enemies are different enough it’s a no brainer day 1 purchase for me.

      I see where you’re coming from though. It’s not for everyone.

    • DrForbidden

      Does it have more or less grinding than Toukiden?

      • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

        Less, omg Toukiden grinding is uncalled for

        • DrForbidden

          That’s good. I could tolerate most of the grinding in Toukiden, just about (I didn’t grind much after completing the story, though. Seemed pointless). This should mean I will be able to tolerate SSD.

      • OverlordZetta

        Far less.

    • OverlordZetta

      I can’t even begin to understand how people keep saying this. Do you guys just see the “it’s an update” and stop reading?

      The sheer volume of things they’ve added in Delta, in such a short time at that, blows my mind. As far as the gameplay is concerned, it’s absolutely as good as any sequel would have been after a year, and the story appears to have been significantly touched on as well. I can’t even understand how anyone can call it the same game anymore – it isn’t.

  • jujubee88

    SS is this nice blend of Modernist, Dali inspired surrealness plastered on a Berserk character design.

    Usually when I play grindy games, I’m just used to weird looking in-human shit being on-screen, so I guess that gets me hard enough to endure the grind than reach the climax of the boss at the end of the level/dungeon.

    After beating it (the game), the story in SS never made sense to me, but the plot lines of all the different characters keep the hooks in me. You get to know the characters in side missions you play in chunks – so that’s always a nice refresher.

    • TheBlackRabbit

      what? ….how didn’t it makes sense?

  • tubers

    Sweet.

    If SAO: HW, Digi: CS and J-Stars get localized within 2015, I’d personally call my VITA the localization hero! :)

    • sherimae1324

      hmmph, and here i thought u would say something negative again,
      anyways good news for us ^_^

      • tubers

        lol where have you been? Don’t worry, I still ain’t part of the hyperbolic VITA fans. ;)

    • Renaldi Saputra

      you just said some games that were exclusive by Bandai Namco

      • tubers

        Really? Damn.

        They’ve been doing the VITA a lot of service then.. at least in JP.

    • OverlordZetta

      That’s… not gonna happen.

  • ddsfan2

    Freedom Wars being localized was pretty much a given, but I’m stoked anyway. Never heard of Oreshika before, but it sounds very compelling.

    • Timberman

      If I’m not mistaken, Oreshika is the same as “Over My Dead Body 2″ :)

    • OverlordZetta

      With the Vita as it is, I wouldn’t ever dare to say anything is a given unfortunately.

  • Rikimaru

    I was in class when I found out about this. Imagine a person screaming cumbuckets while in class.

  • Somerandomperson

    Hope this can help PSVita sales.

    • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

      Borderlands 2 may, probably not these

      • DrForbidden

        But don’t you think that BL2 is too ‘old’? The majority of players who care about BL2 probably already played it to death on PC and consoles. I get what you’re implying about the North American love for shooters, but Killzone: Mercenary didn’t exactly rock Vita sales, if I recall correctly.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      I doubt
      toukiden didn’t dold well
      hunting games are rather niche in the west except MH

      • DrForbidden

        It certainly didn’t help that news about Toukiden Kiwami leaked the same week Toukiden was released in English.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          it’s maybe just an extension version
          Toukiden only sold 13k so far in US

    • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

      I believe that none of these individually will help PS Vita sales. The goal is to provide a quantity approach, meaning no one title sells you the Vita, but the library does. In that sense, I don’t see PS Vita ever having many “Killer apps” or “Million sellers” if at all, at least not the way you see them on 3DS. I’m thinking it’s more so going to be ever-green style/slow legs to high numbers via word of mouth. Case in point: Persona 4 Golden, 800k. The digital eco-system helps a ton with that too. With that in mind, hearing news like this absolutely helps. Today felt so awesome, it was like E3 for Vita xD And considering E3 2013 for Vita was…disappointing (conference wise), that says a lot.

      • OverlordZetta

        That might be because the 3DS is the newest in a long line of Nintendo handhelds and has the franchises and support to go with that whereas the Vita doesn’t?

        I would say the Vita has quite a few killer apps, they just aren’t as meaningful in the climate we’re in right now. If the exact same games had been released on the 3DS or a console, I guarantee things would have been drastically different for those games.

        • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

          Definitely, there’s also the pick-up and play vs “console” experience. Except of course, the console experience is always referred to as “watered down”. I’ll never get what’s watered down. The graphics? Feels like a crime to want deeper and engaging stuff to play on the go whenever that debate comes up.

  • Lara Croft

    I really like collecting physical games but we have to make compromises sometimes. At least Sony are localizing the games, if we ignore these then, we might not get them another time.

  • http://ryuz4ki57inenglish.wordpress.com/ Thomas FROEHLICHER

    #JRPGVITA keikaku finally coming true!!!!!!!????

  • artemisthemp

    I May have go on a Journey in May :P

  • HighBrowDrifter
  • shogunknight

    and football manager….if you fancy it

  • Budgiecat

    meh

    closest i got to a game like that was Eyeshield 21 PSP game lol (and that was American Football)