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See a Soul Sacrifice score recording from Skywalker Sound

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Soul Sacrifice's score was composed by Yasunori Mitsuda and Wataru Hokoyama, and a new video from publisher Sony Computer Entertainment offers a look at the recording at Skywalker Sound of a battle theme from the game.

In the behind-the-scenes video, Hokoyama conducts the orchestra in playing music Mitsuda composed, as Mitsuda watches on. It's a full orchestra along with vocalists and a guitar, for a stirring theme reminiscent of the God of War franchise.

"This was the very first battle music I composed, and I focused on making sure it fit the fighting theme of Soul Sacrifice," said Mitsuda. "The battle style in this game is different from traditional RPGs and action games where the battles are not instantaneous, but rather extensive and you fight for a longer period of time.

"So, in order to match these dramatic sequences, I concentrated on adding many different elements to each piece in order to create an exciting musical composition."

Mitsuda is a giant in the Japanese video game industry, having composed music for games such as Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Xenogears and Kid Icarus: Uprising during a career spanning more than two decades. Hokoyama composed the score for Afrika and also worked on Resident Evil 5.

Soul Sacrifice launches April 30 in North America on PlayStation Vita. Check out our preview from Gamescom 2012.