8 Questions We Still Have After Soul Hackers 2 Ends


Forming a party and taking on a giant threat to the world is nothing new for JRPGs, and for Soul Hackers 2, at least on the surface, it appears to be the same. You and your gang of misfits are a formidable group to grow stronger, build friendships, and save the world from destruction. Fairly easy to understand.


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Bubbling beneath the surface, however, are themes of technology addiction, empathy, and the concept of true free will. And while these story elements are good and carry the story through, the world leaves us with more questions than answers. Warning: spoilers abound.

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8/8 How has the world stagnated?

Town Stagnation Soul Hackers 2 - Everyone seems to relax

From the start, it is explained that the world is stagnant and that humans simply exist within the confines of capitalism waiting for the end. It doesn’t paint the brightest pictures, but Atlus doesn’t believe in running away from the dark. So, it makes sense to imagine sad, empty streets, doesn’t it?

Well, one look at the world around you, everything seems… normal. People go about their daily lives as if things were the way they always were. Maybe, that’s the point. They are simply going with the flow watching time turn around the clock again. Perhaps normality is the point of stagnation.

7/8 Are all human souls digital?

Digital Souls - Soul Hacking Arrow to bring it back to life

The concept of humanity in Soul Hackers 2 resembles how humans in real life view their lives. Generally, they live their life, and that’s it; they move normally. In times of crisis however, protagonist Ringo can bring characters back from the dead – albeit few – via hacking.

Well, if human souls can be hacked, is it reasonable to think that as humans they are not much different from computers or software? How safe would their minds be if someone other than Aion themselves found out it was possible? You can already make pacts with demons, why would brainhacking be out of the question?

6/8 Which came first, Aion or Cyberspace?

Aion and Cyberspace - Soul hackers 2 - Surrounded by Aion and space itself

Better yet, how did the technology come into existence? Was there someone who created Aion as a means of monitoring life itself, or was it a construct that simply came into existence without the help of a creator, similar to the big theory bong?

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It is understood that Aion is the collective consciousness of humans, but it is based on technology. How would you quantify it into something tangible enough for humans to tap into and use for mundane things like search engines and such? Aion honestly brings more questions to the story than answers.

5/8 Figue’s feelings for Raven Love or something else?

Fig and Raven - Soul Hackers 2 - Fig tries to save Raven

Being constructs of Aion, Ringo and Figue don’t have much understanding of humans and their relationship to each other, so the emotions they experience are new to them. Understandable. When the character Raven comes into the story and you get to know her a bit, you start to see a change in Figue and the way she interacts with him. It became softer, maybe even maternal.

What’s unclear about his feelings is where they come from. Has she seen the side of him that wants to protect the kids and fall in love with Raven’s idea? Or was it deep respect? Either way, it made her risk everything for him to try and resurrect, which isn’t something you do for someone who’s just an acquaintance.

4/8 Were Aion’s actions really altruistic?

Final form of the god Aion

The survival instinct is the strongest impulse a human can have, as it controls all other impulses. It reminds you to eat or sleep, or gives you that “feeling” that makes you change your mind and stay home. Would it be a stretch, then, to think that once Aion saw the future destruction, he thought the easiest way to save himself was to save humanity?

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Aion is the collective given of all humans, so it’s possible that certain traits of humanity have rubbed off onto Aion and given him a strong desire to survive. Or maybe it was Aion all along that instilled this will to live within the human collective. It is a miracle that they did not try to intervene when the stagnation of humanity was imminent.

3/8 What happens with Ringo after the end?

Ringo Alone as she is being born

With everything done and the final boss defeated for good, the journey of the team of unlikely allies comes to an end. They separate and go on their way of life as transformed people. The world is saved and Ringo’s “brother” is gone. Aion too is now gone. Ringo is the only one left to carry both the legacy and the burden of being Aion.

Ringo has free will and no obligation to anyone other than herself; nothing but space and opportunity for the hero of mankind. It’s not quite the happy ending, but it’s not the only one. If you meet certain conditions throughout the game, Ringo’s well-deserved happy ending will be unlocked.

2/8 Will Aion return as before?

Aion - Soul Hackers 2 Fig becomes Aion

It is unknown what happens to Aion in the end when Fig’s “divine form” is defeated. You know he was taken back by grief and Figue’s willpower, but once all is said and done, the only thing that is said is that Ringo will wait for them to return. It’s awfully sad, because you feel like her clinging to the hope that Aion will return keeps her from feeling lonely.

Of course, all of this could be answered if you complete the requirements to unlock the true ending, saving everyone in the process.

1/8 How will everyone react to a true God?

Free Will vs. God - Soul Hackers 2

It’s not every day that a being outside of your realm of existence and knowledge reveals themselves to you to befriend, which happens if you meet all of the prerequisites for the true ending. How is it possible to go on with your life knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are still being watched? Some would find comfort in it, of course, but it would surely be a shock to others, right?

The themes of conflict and free will are present throughout the game, and it doesn’t look like Aion is trying to change that for humanity, but it stands to reason that there will be some resistance and perhaps more of the conflict they tried to resolve. “cure” of humanity. It’s long, but a sequel or spin-off exploring the dynamic between the two would be interesting.

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