Soul Hackers 2 Producer and Director’s New Interview Discusses the Role of Technology, Returning Elements and More
Famitsu shared an interview with Soul Hacker 2 directors and producers, Eiji Ishida and Mitsuru Hirata, discussing how they felt when the title was announced as well as many facets of the game’s design and conceptualization.
You can see a translation of the interview below, courtesy of our team Ryūji:
Interviewer: It’s been about 10 years since the 3DS version of The Soul Pirates. What do you think of the sequel announcement?
Hirata: Ultimately, ultimately, we are able to announce it. We’ve been working on this for quite a long time, and looking back, I’m deeply moved that it’s official.
Eiji Ishida: There were always a lot of requests for a sequel, so that title was always on my mind, even when I was working on other projects. I’m relieved that we’ll be able to release a new game, but at the same time, I’m terrified that we won’t be able to meet everyone’s expectations (laughs).
Interviewer: What was the reaction of the fans after the announcement of the countdown site? (NOTE: This interview was done before the special commemorating the release of Soul Hackers 2.)
Hirata: People who had played the previous game had all sorts of speculation about what the site was trying to say, and while we didn’t post any information, there was a lot of heated discussion on social media. On the other hand, there were also a few people who hadn’t played the first game and yet seemed interested, and I felt a surge of joy to have been involved in a title that received such a response. positive just because of a simple countdown website.
Eiji Ishida: I was a big fan of The Soul Pirates myself, so I was looking forward to this day, both as a fan and a developer. However, I kept thinking that maybe there weren’t many people left who played the original version of the game like me because of the release date of the first title. But then, the moment I saw a lot of people talking about their memories of the original, I was extremely thrilled.
Interviewer: What do you want people to pay most attention to? Soul Hackers 2?
Hirata: There are a lot of “demons” related elements that have continued since the Devil Summoner series, which is the origin of The Soul Pirates. These different elements all revolve around a keyword: “demon”. How the Devil Summoner livelihood uses demons? In Soul Hackers 2, we’ve also included a system similar to the previous game’s Vision Quest. I hope you can still feel the underlying immutable nature of the game.
Eiji Ishida: Personally, I would like players to pay attention to new characters. This time, the main character, Ringo, is a female character who can speak for herself, which has never happened before. The general composition of the story has also changed. In previous works, people used technology to fight, but this time the composition takes a huge 180º, with technology intervening in people’s world. Although similar elements appear in both works, I think the change in design will give a whole new feel.
Interviewer: Finally, a message to your fans, please.
Hirata: We will deliver a game that will surely satisfy everyone’s expectations. Whether you’ve played the previous game or this is your first time in the series, we ask that you wait another six months for release!
Eiji Ishida: We implemented elements inherited from the original version, as well as elements that needed to be explored in depth at the time. At the same time, we’ll be delivering a new experience with a new protagonist and a new perspective, so keep your eyes peeled.
You can read the original text of the interview via Famitsu official website.
For those who don’t know, The Soul Pirates is a Shin Megami Tensei offshoot that was last released for the 3DS, under Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers. Initially, The Soul Pirates was considered an entry into the Devil Summoner sub-series of Shin Megami Tensei Games. However, with Soul Hackers 2it is now its own series while retaining some ties to the sub-franchise.
Atlus West has announcement that the game will have the option to choose between English and Japanese audio, with English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish subtitle options also being selectable, providing greater accessibility to the audience.
Soul Hackers 2 will be released on August 26, 2022 on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. To see the official site for more information.