Soulcalibur IV First Look

Namco shows off a brief (and we mean brief) glimpse of the newest entry in its weapon-based fighting series.

Namco showed off a teaser trailer for Soulcalibur IV, the latest entry in its long-running weapon-based fighting series. The gameplay-light trailer featured a smattering of provocative text to tease the game's story, which appears to involve both the Soul Edge (seen in the original arcade game and its PlayStation conversion) and the Soul Calibur, the other powerful sword that's appeared in the series. The highlight of the short trailer was what appeared to be a trio of in-game character models for returning characters Ivy, Mitsurugi, and Nightmare. The text in the trailer hinted at an epic conflict that will find the fighters from the series facing off against evil, pugilistic forces. Beyond that, the only big news from the trailer is the game's 2008 release on both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Because the trailer was short, our brief glimpse at the character models didn't offer much that hinted at gameplay, but we can say the characters looked shiny and quite upgraded from the PlayStation 2 game. Mitsurugi was sporting his familiar uniform and hairstyle, although they were much more detailed. Though Mitsurugi looked good, Ivy was the standout with her considerable assets being on ample display from various angles. For those concerned that the white-haired fighter was looking a little mannish in the recent entries of the series, she appears to be all femme and curvy, thanks to the detail provided by the new generation of consoles. One of the notable touches to the models was the level of detail on the clothing and accessories on the fighters. Ivy, in particular, was rocking some detailed stockings and accessories. Nightmare wasn't quite as provocative, but he looked like quite the bad a** with his buff and demonic elements given a high level of detail.

The trailer didn't give us much to go by, but a release from Namco Bandai promised we can expect both returning and new characters, as well as a battle system with which they will fight it out. The release also offered the existence of interactive arenas and new gameplay modes in the new game, but it did not elaborate on those features. Outside of these details, there's not much to say about Soulcalibur IV until Namco Bandai releases more information in the coming months.

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Maester-Slayer
Maester-Slayer

Soul Calibure 4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want it I want it I want it I want it I want it I want it I want it I want it I want it I want it I want it I want it I want it *ORGASIM*

Nator456
Nator456

I hope they introduced special fighters like they did in two...spawn, link, and the guy from tekken...then it wud realli b awesome...dink dey screwed up 3 because they didnt put out fighters like that..each exclusively to a console

Heaven_Moon
Heaven_Moon

Li Long and Hwang better return with a cooler voice Hope they got made the costume system coz i like that very much^_^

DJJ2
DJJ2

After looking at the trailler I can pretty much state that it looks about the same as in the PS2, only with cooler fxs. I hope I'm wrong, though, since Namco stated they're working on a new fighting engine so... In all it looks pretty good!

2vile2live
2vile2live

im gonna have to agree with chroniclehobbit i do hope there is more and i mean alot more customization

Ba0ng89
Ba0ng89

Dude its better be or else its gonna be a shame...

vass86
vass86

i'll never forget how good the dreamcast one was. hopefully they make one equally as fitting for this generation

gbyrd99
gbyrd99

heard its supposed to be a hack and slash type mode / rpg

GEMINIVice
GEMINIVice

The release date can't get here fast enough for this game.

chroniclehobbit
chroniclehobbit

I am hoping for a better customize-a-character feature. I hope you can create, or choose which moves your character uses. I am also hoping for a larger variety of weapon choice in the create-a-character mode. If they were to reintroduce chronicles of the sword, I hope that it is more like a 3D action adventure game, where your last confrontation is a one on one match with a main character. Online match making, and downloadable stages, clothing and weapons for create-a-fighter mode would be nice. Also, downloadable costumes for main characters would make a nice online feature. Or perhaps, in the create-a-fighter mode, you could design costumes for the main characters. It would be a nice feature to be able to make a fighter that wasn't human. Or perhaps be able to design a weapon for customizeable characters. It would be awsome if you could create your own fighting arenas, and be able to make them destructable. You could add effects to the arena such as rotating platforms (like the clocktower). If you wanted to you could add quicksand, wind, ice, fire, or poisionous rats that bite your feet like in earlier installments of soul calibur ( most notably the dreamcast version). I personally liked the illustrated endings for the main characters from previous games, as apposed to the endings from soul calibur 3. However, I enjoyed the interactive cutscenes in between matches. I hope that this game will find a way to incorporate the two together. My only hang up on the series has been that some of the characters most familiar moves were removed or given to other characters in the 3rd game. Instead of removing, or switchng moves around between characters... Why not just give those moves a new look, and avoid redundancy that way?

drewcal58
drewcal58

They need to add Master Chief to the Xbox 360 version. He can have the energy sword as a weapon. That would be so awesome!!! I'd buy it just for that.

SataN_69_
SataN_69_

I hope for two things (though one fo them i highly doubt many of you would like) One thing i hope is for a more interactive environment (such as multiple directional moving floors such as a clocktower) and actual ways to break down the environment (breakable pillars or sections of the floor maybe if you keep doing down attacks on the edge of the stage bits and pieces will fall off. and one more thing is in most of the SC games you heard about a war going on but only being put in one on one fights never gave me that feeling it would be cool if actually sometimes fight in an enviornment that had groups of soilders fighting eachother you and your opponent, or maybe you have to fight through a bunch of them to get to your true objective (or does that sound to much like dynasty warriors?). something to actually give you a vaster feeling.

Grieftheonly
Grieftheonly

I just want to keep my current Cervantes and them to change my bloody Ivy back to how she was.

DarkBlademaster
DarkBlademaster

The Soul Calibur series has been my favorite fighting game for years now, I really hope they include a beefed up version of the character creation which was introduced in the last game...I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!

Rizer
Rizer

Freaking awsome! I hope they have custom characters availible to make in this one too.

Titanicles
Titanicles

Judging from the proper trailer it looks like we are getting elemental special moves eg. Siegfried ice, Nightmare fire. Yay Pyromania!

Hell-Fire21
Hell-Fire21

Okay two words: EYE CANDY. Besides that, Nightmare looks like he borrowed some fashion ideas from Jinpachi...the mouth-chest thing. But yeah, EYE CANDY.

NND1
NND1

SSSOOOOUUULLLL C A L I B U R !!!!.....................:)

Dualmask
Dualmask

The character models are certainly gorgeous. Sophie and Cassie are exceptional. :)

gendaito
gendaito

I know as a Full blooded Male i should be more interested by other aspects, but..... MITSURUGI LOOKS INCREDIBLE IN THESE NEW SCREENS!!

digi_dragon324
digi_dragon324

hmm, the series went downhill after teh first one. i hope this one is good, i really really hope so

xbox360ownage
xbox360ownage

The last one wasnt bad im looking for a little more of an rpg for this game but otherwise looks great and i hope its worth getting

edroc23
edroc23

I hope its better then the last one

_Sam_
_Sam_

I've liked the previous games. I hope that they don't mess this up

seijiro_hiko
seijiro_hiko

Very impressive fantastic art design this is taste of next gen graphics then god knows what would look like a couple years down the line. Got no criticisms on gameplay from SC series though would like blood but that doesn't make the game,as long as they implement online then cant' go wrong. Nice one namco

batosaims
batosaims

i just hope it has online multiplayer

cryora1
cryora1

I preferred SC3's story mode over SC2's. It's more simple and straightforward. But I hope they also include Chronicles of the Sword with advanced features.. and maybe with playable Heroes and multiplayer.

erlachu2
erlachu2

I hope it feels more like SC2 than 3. The story mode for 3 got boring very easily, whereas I could play 2's story mode for hours on end. I still want them to keep the character creation mode, though. Think they'll give in and add some online features? Maybe a leaderboard if not online fights.

dragonstar88
dragonstar88

im hopeing that they will improve the pentration of the blades and battle dammage in a fight would be a very nice add on but even if they don't add these fetures im still a big fan of soul caliber

wildsoul0509
wildsoul0509

wow! i love the SC Series i still play my soulcalibur 3, but a SC4?! excellent and even more cuz its coming in the next-gen consoles wich the graphics are awesome... wow! i cant wait to have it

Lostaroth
Lostaroth

Captures in-game looks so lovely...

Warhearted
Warhearted

That trailer was very light on damn near everything, but I'm still extremely excited. What little experience I've had with Soul Calibur has been simply amazing on past consoles and has been the only series to combat Tekken for my personal favorite fighter. I have yet to play a fighter on the newest-gen consoles, and given what SC has done in the past and what the next-gen is capable of, I'll be expecting truly amazing things from this.

Romayo83
Romayo83

that trailer is a WASTE OF TIME! save yourself the one minute..theres no game content or even cutscenes for that matter...Excellent series though, can't wait to play the final product

DahLong
DahLong

that is the trailer????????? why bother to make it anyway

Sam_Lowery
Sam_Lowery

Ricardo Torres - "Nightmare wasn't quite as provocative, but he looked like quite the bad a** " . Hmmmm, Interesting how we get moderated for something like abbreviating a 'bad word' but it's cool and the gang as long as somebody at GS does it.

Ocram_Zepol
Ocram_Zepol

Whoa... Oh and the trailer kinda sucked.

HumanoMexicano
HumanoMexicano

Ivy has grown over the years... Pretty hot for a 32+ year old chick. Her face is different too. Mitsurugi(I think?) looks mad cool! I will wait for 2008...please come already!

den4sir
den4sir

Finally, some online play comes to Soul Calibur. This will be a fighting game for the ages, quite possibily the best to be release on Ps3 and X360.

xElite_GameRx
xElite_GameRx

another exclusive lost by Sony, but since I don't have a 360 because it got red ring and never let me eject my GoW I have to get it for PS3. This should be the best fighting game, maybe to beat brawl for the wii, if it has online.

DeltaTeam
DeltaTeam

sweet that it coming to the 360 as well, loved the 2nd one so this should be good.

Ratchet3000
Ratchet3000

those crazy japanese & their big boobs xD

Bloodcore77
Bloodcore77

Don't care as much about the high graphic. All I care about is a kickass online mode.