In a recent interview with Official Nintendo Magazine, Sin and Punishment: Successor of the Skies producer Masato Maegawa claims his new game is so unrelentingly difficult that he doesn't expect anybody to finish it on the most difficult setting.
I think that the Easy Mode is the perfect difficulty for anybody to be able to play the game to the end without having to give up and that, like with the first game, Hard Mode is so difficult that you may find it impossible to beat.
There's a man who would know, but we're willing to bet that at least one talented European player has already managed to conquer the game on Hard. Could it be you?
Even if you've not beaten it on the tough setting you might want to check out these rather amazing high score videos posted on the game's official website to give you a little taste of how good you'll need to be to finish this one.