CES '08: Yoda, Vader warring in Soulcalibur IV

Namco Bandai and LucasArts team to add Jedi Master to pacify Xbox 360 version, Sith Lord to rage on PS3.

Cameos are nothing new to Namco Bandai's long-running Soul Calibur fighting series. When Soul Calibur II released for the PlayStation 2, GameCube, and Xbox in 2003, each version received an exclusive, and seemingly oddball addition to the game's fighter roster. Nintendo's iconic sword fighter Link wound up in the GC version, while Todd McFarlane's Spawn materialized in the Xbox game and Tekken's karate master Heihachi Mishima appeared in the PS2 game.

Yoda takes a swipe at Cassandra.

With Soul Calibur III seeing a console-exclusive release on the PS2, Namco Bandai forwent the cameo route, instead throwing all three out-of-place fighters into the same ring. However, with Soulcalibur IV slated to arrive this summer on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, the Japanese publisher felt a new round of iconic fighters was in order.

Namco Bandai today announced from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it would be partnering with LucasArts to add Darth Vader to the PlayStation 3 version's roster, with Yoda joining up with the Xbox 360 crew. Screenshots released with the announcement reveal the two will both wield their respective red and green lightsabers, though no other details on how the two characters will play were given.

Voldo seems to be no match for Vader.

Soulcalibur IV continues the story begun in the first three fighter installments in the Soul Calibur/Soul Blade series, with Project Soul returning to development duties on the game. In addition to new battle system, Soulcalibur IV will let fighters create their own custom characters with distinct looks and moves and will also feature online play. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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711 comments
yungeasy
yungeasy

there adding yoda to ps3 and darth vader 360 later in update

darkkhaoswar
darkkhaoswar

Yet again Namco is being gay with there exclusive characters for each console. I mean really i'm not getting a freakin PS3 to play Darth Vader. Come on Namco really stop the crap. XBOX360 American Made hell ya!!!

Ahiru-San
Ahiru-San

i think they only put yoda in the 360 cause he's green, and vader is black, so he goes to the ps3... lame addition...

FrankCastIe
FrankCastIe

Im getting it for both so i get to use both! ha

Merc1319
Merc1319

are the developers making a comment on the force alignment of the two consoles??? hmmm yoda kicks ass. play soul calibur 4 i will =D

aiz_filter
aiz_filter

@ cilla123, shut up you ps3 fanboy

CptObvious1031
CptObvious1031

Yoda kicks !!!! Darth is nothing more than a poor confused old man who was lied to and tricked into being evil. Triumph over evil, Good always will.

cilla123
cilla123

Yeah Darth Vader is going to better he's cooler. That a cool idea though Yoda for Xbox 360 and Darth Vader for Ps3. Everybody seems like Darth Vader......360 sucks

Dragorro
Dragorro

Yoda+better online = win

SpoonHeroSR
SpoonHeroSR

I would rather play as darth vadar so i might be picking it up for the ps3 instead of 360.

FlameAlchemist9
FlameAlchemist9

I personally am a little ticked off because I wanted to play as Darth Vader...But oh well...Still gonna get the game ^.^

6monkey1
6monkey1

This is going to be awesome.oh, and havenlyhunter, adding kratos would get it an M rating lol

jameeler91
jameeler91

GuitarHero171 If you want to play as those characters u just named, u might as well go play ssbros. or some naruto game they would never be in soulcaliber

Lorick_vs_Vash
Lorick_vs_Vash

This is namco's way of comparing the two untis... Here let me explain. Yoda (360): -360 green -when the unit breaks get the red ring of death... (vaders lightsaber) -Smaller -Older -The good guy in the console war (Yoda good side of the Force) -Makes weird noises Vader (PS3) -Black -Bigger -Has those air vents that look like Vader(look at a PS3 it resembles Vader) -Mostly Mechanics hardly any soul -Ends up dieing in the long run I'm sure there are many other simplarities too these two characters and there respected Cameos...

deannatrois
deannatrois

darth maul is pants vader for 360 vader 4ever

HavenlyHunter
HavenlyHunter

The better add kratos to ps3 version and masterchef to xbox 360 version !

silent_riku
silent_riku

oh man... I'm not all that hyped up about having Star Wars characters in soul caliber... don't get me wrong, i love star wars... but they're holding lightsabers for crying out loud... why in the world isn't yoda or vader able to just melt through the weapons? i loved how SC would always have these secret cameo characters from other games as unlockables but taking star wars characters and putting it in SC is a total thumbs down from me...

masterjedi74
masterjedi74

ok..this is way cool that namco/bandai treamec up with lucasarts to inplace yoda and vader in this game. too bad they cant both be on both consoles. but there might be a twist to these additions. if you play yoda on 360 and win all the battles, this might unlock vader to give you a true force fight. vice versa for the ps3.that would be really awesome. definitely something to look forward too.

JDA_KING23
JDA_KING23

oh yeaa..... cant wait 2 buy this game on ps3.... 2 play with sith lord DARTH VADER!!!!!!!!!!!

BlindEnigma
BlindEnigma

Yoda is cool, and a great iconic figure....but when it comes to fighting, do I want a Jedi that fights only in defense? Or a figure of death and destruction, my Lord Vader? Vader must come to the 360 to wreak Sith destruction upon the Soulcalibur world

KingSigy
KingSigy

Darth Vader must be on 360! NNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Serchant
Serchant

LOL!!! Star Wars and Soul Calibur?? That saounds pretty awesome!!

sdkingsht
sdkingsht

yoda was a cute character...however...in a fighting game there is NO competition for Vader or Darth Maul. Those two are easily the hottest SW characters you could put in a fighting game. oh i hope they let you choke someone in mid air with Vader.

sdkingsht
sdkingsht

raev92...the Xbox360 Elite (aka the PS3 edition) is black but it's not the default color. PS3's default is black & shiny like vader's helmet. :lol:

sdkingsht
sdkingsht

darthvader > yoda any day. yoda was cool but there is no star wars character cooler than vader. (although i thought darth maul was a close 2nd).

VioXtreme1
VioXtreme1

why wouldnt they add both yoda and vader to both consoles...Wouldnt that pretty much be every star wars fan's dream fight?

Nexeus
Nexeus

PLZ LET VADER BECOME DLC!!! Im sorry man, yodas cool and all, but vader... I am saddend :(

raev92
raev92

why not add vader as DLC in 360??? (after all the 360 is also black) AAAND Yoda as DLC in PS3?? iI bet that would sell a LOT more

Lance-Marvelous
Lance-Marvelous

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funnymario
funnymario

popping4it this is my stupid logic. ps3 is black so is vader 360 is white(and green) so is yoda You might not be too far off the mark. But who cares, YODA!!!

popping4it
popping4it

this is my stupid logic. ps3 is black so is vader 360 is white(and green) so is yoda.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

WTF@$%#@^%!)*@!~~!!!!!! I DO want a PS3 regardless, BUT THIS IS JUST DUMB! I want vader! not yoda!

grandterra
grandterra

uber cool my mate next door will get thois on the 360 and ill get it on ps3 and we can play as ether. just wont be thje same though id liike a yoda vs vader battle, it would be fun in my view.

nappan
nappan

This is far too early in the console generation to be trying to entice peopel to drop a few hundred on a second console (most own one already) on the basis of a character in Soul Caliber. I'm with the people who say just put them together, unless they play so similarly that it would be redundant in the same game.

Kingdom_Key239
Kingdom_Key239

I can't believe they're doing this again. I would personally want Darth Vader, but I ain't spending $400 minimum for a PS3 just to play as him. That's completely lame. Another thing, when is Darth Maul going to be in a next-gen game? He would totally own.

alejandrosimms
alejandrosimms

This is awesome, but I am disappointed Vader is only available in the PS3 version.

gamecubepad
gamecubepad

The ironic thing is a lot of people won't buy this game just because they excluded Vader from the 360. 90% of Star Wars fans would prefer Vader. Maybe they can trade out Yoda for Obi Wan. Gimmicky nerds. I can see the marketing guys now, "Hey one is green and one is black. So is the systems. Gimmick time!"

chris_klein
chris_klein

"rexCo Is it wrong to still have hope for a Wii version?" I think the Wii version get's George Lucas :)

chris_klein
chris_klein

Cool I guess, but yeah. Who in the entire universe, DOESN'T want to see Vader AND Yoda in a lightsaber fight? Put both in both versions I say. They'll sell tonnes more if they did.

Mangler
Mangler

This would be better news, if they put both Vader and Yoda onto the 360/PS3!!!

Serious
Serious

The last guest star characters didn't make all that much sense. What did spawn or link want with the blades. And Heihachi doesn't even use a blade. However it makes sense that Darth Vader would be interested in the Soulcalibur legend . The blades are renown for their dark power. Its evil matched with his dark force powers would give him the edge he needs to take down the Emperor. Something he was always searching the galaxy for. I can't wait to see the game conclusion if you win with Vader. While Yoda would leave his exile to prevent the Dark Lord from possessing such power. No console war debate here. Either version should be great fun. Adding Star Wars to this game is a great Idea. Now if they could add Capt Jack Sparrow and Davy Jones the game would be AAA

KaiserWebb
KaiserWebb

I know alot of people disagree but I personally think this is awesome, but I shouldn't talk since I'm a Star Wars fan so DUH I like this idea. It is kinda random but none the less it is rather interesting and makes the game unique =/ Lol I'm totally buying the 360 version (Yoda's the best)

LordGavo
LordGavo

wow... this is pretty random. Coll though. Shame i don't have a PS3 or a 360 :[. Man, Vader looks awesome.

02sfraser
02sfraser

the graphics are amazing. its so so so funny how there in it

rexCo
rexCo

Is it wrong to still have hope for a Wii version? :(

Azhar85
Azhar85

just shut ur mouth sony fanboys..anyway i will get this game on my 360...it's AA titles for 360..

Olly464
Olly464

haha darth vader is a bigger badass then any other character on SC! and Yoda will make raphael look like a incompetent pansy.