Assassin's Creed sneaks into SoulCalibur V

Assassin's Creed: Revelations protagonist Ezio Auditore revealed as playable character for weapons-based fighting game; Namco Bandai confirms January 31 launch.

Namco Bandai's SoulCalibur series focuses on crossed swords, but it also has a reputation for crossovers. Familiar faces like Link, Spawn, Kratos, Heihachi, Darth Vader, and Yoda have already sparred with series staples like Mitsurugi and Nightmare, and today the publisher revealed the featured guest fighter for the upcoming SoulCalibur V: Ezio Auditore da Firenze from the Assassin's Creed series.

Ezio's next target is on the SoulCalibur roster.

Ezio will enter the arena with his usual assortment of weapons, including a sword, a crossbow, and the series' iconic concealed wrist daggers. Namco Bandai also revealed that a more lighthearted knife-fighting character, Lord Geo Dampierre from the PSP game SoulCalibur: Broken Destiny, will be offered to players as a preorder incentive.

Beyond character updates, Namco Bandai also nailed down a release date for the game. SoulCalibur V hits the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in North America on January 31 and in Europe on February 3 of next year.

Producer Hisaharu Tago mentioned during the week of Tokyo Game Show 2011 that the company is collaborating with developer CyberConnect2 (Naruto Ultimate Ninja series) to create the game. In addition, the game music will feature contributions from composers Cris Velasco (God of War III) and Inon Zur (Dragon Age).

For more on how Ezio is being adapted for the game, check out GameSpot's hands-on impressions of the Assassin's Creed star's SoulCalibur debut.

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82 comments
Prado0
Prado0

come on man!..i've got a game preordered already and your making it hard for me to choose now..no fair lol!

Prado0
Prado0

Ezio is too cool to be tampered with,,no added effects needed

TehMasterer2
TehMasterer2

So it's Ezio with random glowing effects added to all his attacks? Ezio totally doesn't need that. Seems rather degrading for the AC franchise...

wesleyca
wesleyca

has sephiroth or cloud been in any soul calibur games? cuz that would be cool

digi-demon
digi-demon

Cool. Introduce any 'video-game' character (so long as its not Pikachu) :lol: Imo SC series became lame-ass when it felt it needed to introduce Star Wars licenced material into the series (ie.SCIV). Imo out of series licensing is totally unnecessary in SC.

ash162
ash162

Slick moves Ezio:):)

ZeroX91
ZeroX91

So the Soul Caliibur/ Edge are Pieces of Eden?

hasancakir
hasancakir

Interesting idea but I didn't like it :S

Darkmoone1
Darkmoone1

Gotta love dem guest characters!

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Now that's what makes a fighting game sell so well. A Definite buy!

Chavis02
Chavis02

Interesting Ezio in Soulcalibur V well great work Namco! Buying your game! :D

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

Fine, Namco, fine!!! Dammit just go ahead take my money (again), lol. Hell at least I get a break between gettin' this & Tekken Hybrid. :P

Thug2Wasteland
Thug2Wasteland

Hope to see a theme or a remix theme of one of his known themes..also a dedicated stage perhaps Rome...God, Ezio in the game makes the possiblites endless :). Nice pick..

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

Ezio is awesome, but Dampierre being preorder sucks. This preorder bs has to stop, let's hope the retail market falls soon.

Rovelius
Rovelius

Time to undress the ladies in the character editor...

Takeno456
Takeno456

interesting very interesting

jomijohn
jomijohn

EZIO: Come To Daddy.........

jomijohn
jomijohn

WOW.......great to see EZIO in another setting!!!!!!!

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

all we need now is a Soul Calibur whose guest character is Oghren from Dragon Age.

Phantomwedge
Phantomwedge

@Realacide Grey Fox in Soul Calibur? The thought makes me drool...

Henninger
Henninger

Oh wow i didnt know that Soul Calibur 5 wuz gonna b coming out so soon. I thought i would come out in maybe as early as March. Aight well i guess i'll preorder this as soon as i can.

Realacide
Realacide

I love the guest character idea in Soul Caliber. An idea for a guest that I have had for a while would be the inclusion of Cyborg Raiden or Grey Fox from MGS. And I know I'm NOT the only one!!

RatchetV1
RatchetV1

Soul Calibur could use a MK crossover. I like the fact that Ezio is for 360 & PS3 but I want there to be a PS3 only & 360 only guy also. Maybe Cole MacGrath or something for PS3. I love how Soul Calibur shows it's personality by not taking itself too seriously & having fun with the characters & crossovers.

snake3107
snake3107

@rpgfandylan1990 soul calibur: boken destiny on psp. :)

blackace
blackace

I'll definitely get it. I still have Soul Calibur IV will Yoda in the game. lol!! I get to play Maxi and Kilik once again.

RavageCobra
RavageCobra

I'm sure they would have added Kratos if Mortal Kombat didn't already do it. Jus' sayin'.

Poodger
Poodger

One of my favorite things about this series is the cool guest fighter additions.

K1DDO1979
K1DDO1979

hurray! I can assassinate that loser character!

tubaballoonz
tubaballoonz

I don't really care about the logic. I think he'll be a fun addition. :D

Ultimate39
Ultimate39

Well Kratos actually makes sense.

DARKNESSxEAGLE
DARKNESSxEAGLE

I know it's not a bad thing that we're gettng Ezio, but it just seems like an attempt (a good one) to cash in on AC fans. There aren't too many other modern characters known to most gamers that fit the role so well though.

taddia
taddia

that's it. getting this. Not like AC at all, but ezio fits the role perfectly for this game! 8D

KH-mixerX
KH-mixerX

That announcer also plays the voice of Xemnas from Kingdom Hearts 2. Am I the only one who noticed that?

Ehggsz
Ehggsz

This news is 4 days old, Gamespot.

comb5
comb5

If send Namco a video of me crying do you think they'd make a PC version? lol.

kyram_3
kyram_3

cool i'm a fan of assassin's creed but not a fan of soul cailber.

Strydarr
Strydarr

Wasn't going to get this, but now I might.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@otanikun SC5 and AC2 take place under a century from one another... And its Soulcalibur. Easily one of the least plausible series I can think of.

heroesfan261
heroesfan261

They should make a PC version so we can use texmod to take the textures for ezio in this game and put them in ac2

Spectrobal
Spectrobal

Soul calibur 5 takes place in the 17th century

otanikun
otanikun

But how are you going to explain his being in the game? Considering he's from an old old time period; either way I'm both happy he's in the game and not happy. I was hoping that this SoulCalibur would just be that, SoulCalibur and not include guest characters that in all honesty have no reason being there since they don't fit in the main story whatsoever. But he's a good fit, seeing as his bevy of weapons will benefit the player.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

"It would be nice to see a PC version. Oh, and hopefully there will be a Tales cameo. I'd love to see Yuri in a Soul Calibur game." It's too bad Namco Bandai has so little faith in the Tales series outside of Japan that we only get one of every four installments. Even though it's an in-house franchise... But I agree that Ezio makes more sense than the last round of "guests" we had...particularly Scheherazade and Angol Fear. Is Ezio gonna have a unique moveset, or just be a model swap of an existing character like those other guests were?

Fritzzland
Fritzzland

Ezio is going to follow his creed for a new assassination!