Sony Computer Entertainment Japan is either really brave or very stupid. The publisher has announced the Japanese release date for PlayStation Vita exclusive Soul Sacrifice – and it just so happens to fall in the same month as its main competitor Monster Hunter 4.

The title's set to release on 7th March domestically, prompting a clash of the titans in the portable space. Ever since its announcement earlier in the year, Sony has billed Soul Sacrifice as a Monster Hunter slayer. The title – which is being developed by former Capcom employee Keiji Inafune – shares many similarities with the unbeatable brand, such as four-player action and enormous foes.

As such, we’re not sure that this is the best decision from Sony’s perspective. Even if Soul Sacrifice ends up being the better game, Monster Hunter 4 is going to stomp all over it. Still, you’ve got to give the platform holder credit – this is a ballsy move.

[via allgamesbeta.com]