Recently there have been various teasers for a Vita game called Soul Sacrifice. Information was minimal, but the original teaser (either print or web i'm not sure off hand) did have some thinking it was a new entry in From Software's "Souls' series, and some thinking it was a attempt to do a Monster Hunter type game.
This week this teaser was released and a announcement date of May 10th was set.
Famitsu has a spread on the game this week and a few details have leaked out ahead. Keiji Inafune is reportedly working on the game, although his role hasn't been specified yet. Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger, Xeno Franchise) and Wataru Hokoyama (not much) are doing the music. Development is being handled by Marvelous, which is at odds with the Japan Studio logo in the trailer.
First gameplay details and explanation of the title are that casting magic requires 'payment' of objects like stones and trees, but you can sacrifice parts of your own body for higher level magic.
Weekly Famitsu lists the following sacrificial magics. While we listed these as summons earlier, they appear to be just magic attacks.
Why would you torture yourself to kill your foes? This is actually part of the background story. You play as a slave who serves a cruel sorcerer.
- Excalibur: You stick your hand down your throat, pull out your spinal cord, and use this as your sword.
- Gleipnir: Chop off your five fingers and perform a punch with your extended bones.
- Gorgon: Pull out your eyeballs, and use them to blast out magic beams
- Gungnir: Your bones and nerves emerge from your body and attack
It appears that you may be fighting people like yourself. Screenshots show massive creatures who apparently used their powerful magic too much and lost their human form.
There are still a few unclear areas about Soul Sacrifice -- for instance, if you chop your fingers off, do they come back? -- but we'll hopefully get additional details later in the day or at tomorrow's unveiling press conference.
Famitsu lists Soul Sacrifice as 50% complete.
1-4 players, Winter (in Japan).
(all info so far from andriasang)