Soul Sacrifice, the latest brain-child of Mega Man co-designer Keiji Inafune, will be getting it’s North American release on April 30, a little under 2 months after the Japanese release on March 7.  If you’re not in the know, Soul Sacrifice is an action-RPG exclusively for the Vita, boasting four-player co-op and an interesting ‘sacrifice’ or ‘salvation’ mechanic that could prove to add significant depth to the gameplay. If you’re still behind, I’ve dropped the trailer from 2012′s Tokyo Game Show at the bottom of the page, so check it out, and I’ll wait for you to come back.

Caught up? Good. So, yes, Soul Sacrifice hits North American Vita’s on April 30th. The Japanese audience will also be able to pick up a Soul Sacrifice-themed Vita bundle when the game releases, but there’s been no word on a similar offer coming to North America, so at this point, it’s probably safe to assume it won’t be making the trip across the ocean.

There are, however, pre-order bonuses for the North American audience. If you’re one of them pre-orderin’ types, you can get your hands on two costumes, and three magic items as a pre-order incentive:

  • Spirits’ Flamepike – Shards of the spear provided by Fire spirits, unleashing a five hit combo attack with heat effects
  • Spirits’ Blightstone – Explosive stones with poison effects provided by the spirits
  • Spirits’ Fulgurwood – Root provided by the Thunder spirits. Tracks enemies on the ground and attacks with thunder spell

These items are available exclusively through pre-order, so don’t expect to see them available in the PlayStation Store after the game’s launch. The other pre-order bonus is the Japanese audio track, free of charge. If you’re one of those people who likes to listen to the original Japanese voice work while you play a game, then pre-ordering will get you the voice-pack free of charge. This one will be available for download from the PlayStation Store, but it’ll cost you extra, so if you really want it, pre-ordering might not be a bad idea. Yes, I am aware that I just said that you’re going to be charged for a voice-pack, and no, I don’t want to address it any further. I’m afraid steam might shoot out my ears if I do.

via [PlayStation Blog]