E3 2008: Soulcalibur IV strikes gold

The soul still burns, but the development of Namco Bandai's fighter is over and done with.

Get ready for an onslaught of undead pirates and fleshy eyeball-equipped swords. Namco Bandai Games today announced that Soulcalibur IV has gone gold for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

While the game has garnered the most headlines for its inclusion of Star Wars characters (Darth Vader on the PS3, Yoda on the Xbox 360, and Force Unleashed's Secret Apprentice on both), Soulcalibur IV is notable for a few other reasons. In addition to being the first-ever version of the series playable online, Soulcalibur IV includes "critical finish" moves to end matches in a single hit, and secret characters designed by Japanese manga artists.

Namco Bandai isn't relying on those features alone to sell the game. The publisher today announced a North American advertising blitz to run through August. Soulcalibur IV will be promoted in 15- and 30-second commercials on cable TV channels in the US and Canada, in addition to the standard online and print advertising campaigns and promotional partnerships.

Soulcalibur IV will arrive in stores July 29, with a retail price of $59.99. Limited edition versions of the game will include exclusive content and swag for $79.99. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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120 comments
GreyHawX
GreyHawX

Darth Vader is badass the whole movie francise was base on him

leofiregod
leofiregod

SC is the greatest fighting franchise EVER!

Agent2800
Agent2800

THIS GAME IS FREAKING SWEET!!!! i can't wait 2 try out yoda and the Apprentice!

Jerell_rast
Jerell_rast moderator

THat Yoda is crazy :shock:, he's too fast!

sMeAgOl_VaDeR
sMeAgOl_VaDeR

i can't wait for this game any longer. i neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed it now!

Deckarus
Deckarus

I cant.. waiit.. for .. this game.... ANY LONGER! I want it NOW!

hawaiiinsomniac
hawaiiinsomniac

I'm glad YODA is with the 360. Just saw the gameplay video and he looks fast as hell!

killakin
killakin

I am about to RULE the online play of that game. I LOVE SOUCALIBER!!!

sparda_5509
sparda_5509

i cant wait i reserved it and everything i chose vader

R-Force
R-Force

After GameSpot's live stage demo I can't wait for this hotness. Ow.. hey nice rack. ;)

cooldude03
cooldude03

I can't wait to get my @$$ handed to me on line. What's everyone's decision Vader or Yoda. I think I'm leaning towards Vader but haven't decided yet.

grambyte
grambyte

Will check this out but will also wait for reviews and let the game sink in first before deciding on this one.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

i already have my favorite fighting game on 360 virtua fighter 5 is awesome and cool online however i do like soul calibur so i will get this one. Also i agree with the people saying they could of done this on wii but i probably still would of gone for the 360 version if they did.

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

I cant wait to see you all online. Lets party like a rock, party like a rock star.

SiLENT_K1LL
SiLENT_K1LL

They should push the release date ahead if it's complete! Like next week!

capmantay14
capmantay14

I can't wait!!! En Garde! I may have to get the collector's edition!!

diggyman
diggyman

The Soul Calibur Series is my favorite fighting series. I can't wait... Now if they can just make a Marvel vs. Capcom 3...

pauduro24
pauduro24

if i want to get the Limited edition i have to cuff $180us and the normal vertion is $80us IT SUKS >_

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

I already bought and pre ordered my copy and cant wait.

Raghall
Raghall

OMFG !!!!! THIS GAME IS GONNA BE AWESOME!!!!!! #%^& HALO BOYS !! #%^& YA!!!!

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

After this game is released I sure am going to miss the series. I've heard something about it being the last game in the series. I'll still play this one on the 360 though.

blueblur87
blueblur87

i think most people who know about soul calibur and like this sort of thing will not need adverts, but i guess it draws people in who would otherwise not bother picking it up. this game will kick ass online!!! i still think a lightsaber should be able to cut through any sword, so its a bit stupid but yay i get to play as darth vader lol!

Gamer4Iife
Gamer4Iife

This is going to be my first SC, I'm really hyped. The character designs are AWESOME. :D

Hungry_bunny
Hungry_bunny

I want this, but I'd be satisfied with the "normal edition".

Trajectorize
Trajectorize

Also, according to Wiki, the secret characters designed by Japanese manga artists are: * Angol Fear (designed by guest artist Mine Y. * Ashlotte (designed by guest artist Oh! great) * Kamikirimusi (designed by guest artist Hirokazu Hisayuki) * Scheherazade (designed by guest artist Yutaka Izubuchi) * Shura (designed by guest artist Hiroya Oku) I don't always trust Wiki, but there's an in-game picture of Scheherazade there, so I' m guessing it's pretty legit.

TXMostWanted
TXMostWanted

This game will be great!! But honestly, most coverage has been over the "star wars" aspect of the game...do people even know this is a "soul caliber" game lol jk

starfoxmcleoud
starfoxmcleoud

LivingDeadNinja, here's a fan since Soul Blade Arcade! And yes, my LE is paid for as well. and teh metal biggz.....you obviously must be an adolesent with that comment.

LivingDeadNinja
LivingDeadNinja

Here's another fan playing since Soul Blade on PS1! I'm getting the LE, on release day...for both systems! Yeah, i'm crazy like that...

Gadeos
Gadeos

Darth Vader will surely be sold via xbox-live anytime soon (at least after a period of exclusivity that has probably been signed with Sony...)

T3h_M3tal_Biggz
T3h_M3tal_Biggz

i wonder if you can choose how big ur character's boob's are. if so im making them the size of watermelons rofl xD.

Henninger
Henninger

Well im back after bein suspended for sayin a word that has 2 do with special needs people (begins with r) All i have 2 say is that Gamespot sucks. Anywayz Im lookin forward 2 this game.

MetalMan300
MetalMan300

This is the only game coming out in a while that Im interested in, so I hope its awesome.

moose3469
moose3469

60 bucks is a lot of money to justify buying a fighting game these days. Even though i do love SoulCalibur and this game looks amazing.

Kabukiwk
Kabukiwk

Nice! I don't know about you, but for me this game already whort the price... Not only for Vader... But for the new Cosmode options. More accessories, skin color, character sizes... That's gonna rock it!

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

And all Wii got wa SC: Legends... Bloody favouritism, they still could have done it on Wii... Probably, but they'd have to down the graphics a little ... not like an Atari 2600 game as PS3/XBox360 fanatics would have you believe, but there would need to be some adjustments.

The_Dude1212
The_Dude1212

And all Wii got wa SC: Legends... Bloody favouritism, they still could have done it on Wii...

Cube_of_MooN
Cube_of_MooN

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Me_Ann
Me_Ann

Too bad the limited edition shirt is only in XL. For a girl like me, its just for sleep.

Sharvie
Sharvie

I can't decide... Yoda or Darth Vader.

darkspineslayer
darkspineslayer

looks awsome, i may be unable to put out enough in time for limited edition though...