The latest from Keiji Inafune does something most demos should be doing already: not only does the demo for PS Vita-exclusive “Soul Sacrifice” offer up the entire first chapter for the game, but any progress you make in it will transfer to your full game purchase. Plus, transferring your save data will also unlock exclusive content for the lengthy action adventure game.
Inafune explains the reason for the hefty demo in a statement to the PlayStation blog:
“The number one reason for the Soul Sacrifice demo to have a lot of content was to show the users the full attraction of Soul Sacrifice. We knew that cutting out a small section of the game and saying, ‘Isn’t this part fun?’ would not show the users the full potential of the game. We figured that it wouldn’t make sense if the users could not have the ‘I want to play more’ feeling.
“So, we decided we want to provide, at the very least, this amount of the game for the users. That is why, if you compare it to a standard demo, this became such a substantial piece. But we are confident that this will not become something negative where the users will feel like, ‘We played enough.’
“After we released the demo version in Japan we received many voices, saying ‘I want to play more’ and ‘I want to get more hooked on this game.’ That is why we believe making this demo with this amount of volume and detail was a success.”
It’s kind of the issue that came up for me when playing “State of Decay”: some games are simply hard to show in a narrow, bite-sized chunk (imagine a five-minute demo for “GTA” and see how that might not present so well).
“Soul Sacrifice” will be available on the Vita April 30.
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