Sony's Japan Studio is bringing three of its PlayStation Vita games to North America: fantasy action game Soul Sacrifice Delta and role-playing games Freedom Wars and Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines.
According to a post on the PlayStation Blog, Soul Sacrifice Delta will launch on May 13, with more details on Freedom Wars and Oreshika slated to drop in the coming months.
Soul Sacrifice Delta (trailer above) includes the original 2013 title with a host of improvements as well as an expansion's worth of new content, including a new character with a new mission, improved AI, more character customization options and additional enemies, items and quests. Graphics have also been optimized and some game areas now have structural changes, including new dynamic weather effects.
Dystopian adventure Freedom Wars (trailer below) includes a four-player multiplayer mode via Ad-Hoc connections and eight players via an online connection. Players will be able to customize their characters and weapons load-out as they fight to free citizens from a dangerous threat.
In Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines, players will control a Japanese clan in which its members have been cursed to live only two years. The clan is trying to break the curse with the help of a retinue of gods from Japan's mythology. More details on the title — which first launched in Japan for the PlayStation in 1999 — are forthcoming.
Speaking with the PlayStation Blog, Sony Japan Studio head Allan Becker noted the studio will continue to make games for new hardware with unique mechanics moving forward. Becker said the team, known for games like Gravity Rush and Puppeteer, will also retain its focus on the Japanese market but is hoping the "eclectic hardcore gamer and ‘Japanophiles'" in the West will enjoy these upcoming titles, all of which are heavily steeped in Japanese culture.
"I would like for us to be known for titles that innovate and are of high quality, whether they are five-hour PSN titles or big AAA pillar titles," he said. "Obviously we are in a very competitive business so we have to make titles that do well commercially. Hopefully we will do that by staying true to those two core concepts and become known for them."