The PS Vita’s Soul Sacrifice Reveals Two New Modes: Leviathan and Ghost

The PS Vita’s Soul Sacrifice Reveals Two New Modes: Leviathan and Ghost

Today the Playstation Blog has revealed two new things: Soul Sacrifice’s Ghost mode, and a new monster, the Leviathan.

If you’ve been keeping up with Soul Sacrifice, you know three things: it’s the brainchild of ex-Capcom game designer and Keiji Inafune (now founder of Comcept); it’s a full-fledged action game on Sony’s handheld, the PS Vita; and that its story, theme, and gameplay revolve entirely around sacrifice.

width="238"In the past this has been explained as the ability to sacrifice pieces of a  character’s body for power: in fact, the most powerful magic in the game, Excalibur magic, involves ripping out one’s spine to create an unbreakable sword. Also, players can either purify or sacrifice the monsters they defeat, and in multiplayer, can even sacrifice each other for power, or themselves for the greater good.

But death isn’t the end of players in Soul Sacrifice.

Ghost Mode is an answer to death in Soul Sacrifice. When a player dies in multiplayer, he or she will go on to become a Ghost. Where a lot of Soul Sacrifice is about offense or defense, support is also a big factor. Ghost Mode allows players to see the statuses of their allies and enemies alike, and–through use of the touch screen–allows the Ghost to affect teammates and monsters, for better or for worse. When, how, and if players can be resurrected hasn’t been explained yet.

The Leviathan, on the other hand, sounds like a boss players will encounter in the game, and whose backstory is described as the following:

Once upon a time, in a kingdom far away, there were two twin princes. The older twin excelled at everything, and the younger one failed at just as much. The two were so different that it was a wonder that the same blood flowed through their veins. It was like pairing up a giant and a dwarf. The younger brother grew up with a severe inferiority complex and developed an extremely dark personality. He started to enjoy collecting ferocious animals, one in particular being a crocodile from another kingdom. He put the crocodile in a cage, where he tormented it. It was the only time he could ever feel strong.

Years went by, and it was finally time for the heir to take the throne. Of course, the chosen heir was none other than the eldest of the twin brothers. Jealous, the younger prince stormed off to his room. He sat there, staring at his crocodile. “If only I could get the crocodile to kill my brother…” he thought. Just then a strange voice resonated in the room and the prince could feel his body drown in magic…

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