Soulcalibur V burns in early 2012

Namco Bandai fighter gets global release window as Katamari Damacy rolls to Vita, Tekken 3D Prime Edition set for February, and Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy takes off Nov. 15.

TOKYO--Dark Souls may be one of the most anticipated games coming from Namco Bandai this year, but the publisher's pre-Tokyo Game Show event yesterday focused more on release windows for its 3DS and Vita titles, as well as additional details for Soulcalibur V.

Carlson Choi, vice president of marketing, opened the presentation by talking about the company's vision and goals. Then he announced that Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy would be coming to the Nintendo 3DS in the United States on November 15, with a European release date still to be determined.

Tekken 3D Prime Edition for the 3DS was also given a release window: February 2012. Following the 3DS news, Choi revealed three games that are set to come out during the launch window of the PlayStation Vita. They include Namco's long-running series Ridge Racer, the quirky Katamari Damacy, and Acquire's Shinobido 2: Tales of the Ninja.

To wrap up the presentation, producer Hisaharu Tago came onstage to talk about Soulcalibur V and how Namco has outsourced parts of the game. Development studio CyberConnect2, known for the .hack series and Naruto Ultimate Ninja games, will be collaborating with Namco on the fighter. The music in the game is being handled by Creative Intelligence Arts and will include pieces from composers Cris Velasco (God of War III) and Inon Zur (Dragon Age). Additionally, Forcewick Sound Design will be tending to the game's audio, using Grammy-award-winning recording/mixing engineer John Kurlander's talents. Soulcalibur V is set to have a global release in Q1 of 2012.

For more from the event, check out GameSpot's complete Tokyo Game Show coverage.

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44 comments
bopketan
bopketan

What I taught i was going to see cool video of some kind of game and i see words?

Hidden_Ace
Hidden_Ace

Wouldn't mind if Kratos was in the PS3 version, or even the Xbox version too, wouldn't really bother me. He was cool in MK9, hard to use at times though... And WafflePrime is right! We need this SoulCalibur to be perfect, it has to last till the next...if there ever will be another.

WafflePrime
WafflePrime

nooooo I demand that it release sooner! Nah, better that they refine it and make it as great as possible.

ZeroX91
ZeroX91

Hell yea, soulcaliber and Tekkan, but can we have .hack//link please namcobandai? lol

JD_Escobar
JD_Escobar

heihachi was the man in SC2 ps2, I would like some guest characters but its not a necesscity, however what is the weapon demos, you got in 2 & 3, those in 1080p would be sick

steveguttenberg
steveguttenberg

Whatever happens, let's hope they add a cross-promotional character that clashes in theme with Soul Calibur, like Yoda, or Freddy Krueger. I really like being taken out of the fiction. Like wouldn't Captain America have been a much better movie if it included Rango the cartoon lizard? Of course. Obviously.

Nintendope14
Nintendope14

WHAT ABOUT THE DRAGON BALL GAME ON 3DS????????????????????? It was announced but there's been no news on it since. What's with that?

leeko_link
leeko_link

@ gamerboy100 I know that guest characters are okay to be included in a Soul Calibur game cuz they sell the game for that console but I really want part V to be like I & III. Namco could make this a pure Soul Calibur game and return to including guest characters in Soul Calibur VI (an even number sequel similar to II & IV). The odd number sequels of the SC series never featured guest characters and I want it that way. Let the odd number SC games be the main SC titles and make the even number SC games the fan service sequels.

RatchetV1
RatchetV1

The Prince from Prince of Persia would fit in well. Dammit ! I'm gonna lose ! -holds rewind button- xD

MadGamer132
MadGamer132

SCV will be a great game, we thought project soul was gone after the psp game, but the tekken guy let the world to bring them back together and a new logo, so they brought in some "partners", thank u project soul.

soulless4now
soulless4now

I still haven't played SCIV yet. I should get to that soon.

trancedanne
trancedanne

Kitana from MK would fit in verry well

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

I hope its better than IV wasn't really happy with it

Ultimate39
Ultimate39

I hope they bring back secret endings from Soul Blade (not those abysmal "Press X for alternate dialogue!" endings that were in Soulcalibur III)

mr_squibble
mr_squibble

I'm most interested in Katamari Damacy for the Vita. Hope it's a new game and not just a remake!

Outer_Raven
Outer_Raven

Special guest character predictions: Dante from DMC4 (PS3 or X360 guest), Kratos from God of War (he's already in Mortal Kombat so probably not him), Cole from inFamous2 (PS3 guest). Can't think of anyone else that might fit in with the regulars.

gamerboy100
gamerboy100

@leeko_link I think guest characters are just fine, as long as they fit in with the cast. As much as I liked Darth Vader, Yoda, and Starkiller, Star Wars characters did NOT fit iin with the regulars! And don't get me started on Spawn in Soul Calibur 2 on Xbox...

TimboII
TimboII

I may be one of few people that completely enjoyed Soul Calibur IV...and that fighting series is still one of my favorites going. Also it`s nice to see the 3DS getting more third party support...I`m not a huge Ace Combat fan but I`m interested in seeing how it will look in 3D...

Nergil
Nergil

I know I'll break down and buy this game just because of my insane attachment to soul caliber 2...3 was horrible, 4 was great but still not sc2...i hope they find the right balance again in this one.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Ah, nice to see Soulcalibur coming back. I remember spending many, many hours playing this series on the Dreamcast. One request - can Ivy cut down on the carbs for this one?

beuneus12
beuneus12

only remember soul caliber from the arcades...a possible buy this?

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

Welcome back... to the stage of history! This series may be in a total rut now, but I still fondly remember the original in the arcades and on Dreamcast. What an amazing fighting game that was.

anthonycg
anthonycg

Sorry guys but kanye West is going to be a guest character in SC5. He's going to interrupt Ivy during the intros.

FusionRain
FusionRain

I'm still not sure about this game yet. I loved 3

Santesyu
Santesyu

Tho me this was always a so so series,without any drastic changes.. MK9 had it, Street fighter had it but not Soulcalibur.

DrKill09
DrKill09

First DOA 5, and now this. Awsome!

leeko_link
leeko_link

For the third time I want this to be a pure Soul Calibur game, no guest characters needed.

TheDuskwalker
TheDuskwalker

@FinalKloud Good news for you (and me since she's my favorite), Taki was confirmed by the producer at Comic-Con during there panel. I thought they would go ahead and reveal her at TGS (since her Queen's Gate battle book comes out this month in Japan), but they didn't. Even still I don't have much hope for this game yet.

thetruth7
thetruth7

Soul Calibur 2 was the best in the series...then it went downhill. hopefully this can change things.

GamerNerdTalk
GamerNerdTalk

@FinalKloud What are you serious...these characters aren't going to be in it. Here I was thinking this was going to be a redeemer for the Soul series :'(

FinalKloud
FinalKloud

No Cassandra, Sophitia, Taki or Talim = No Buy. This series has gotten very stale. Just give me a HD remix of SCII with online and ill be good.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Soul Calibur hasn't really been noteworthy since 2. I'm not terribly excited about the news and they'll have to win me over. Tekken on the 3DS is nice though. I can handle having a portable version of that game.

iortegon
iortegon

i want to see link in another soul calibur but its unlikely :(

servb0ts
servb0ts

What Exclusive Preorder DLC will this one have,this time?

Poodger
Poodger

I hope that if they have guest fighters, they bring in some really cool ones!

IAMTHEVIPQUEEN
IAMTHEVIPQUEEN

I'm.....not excited about this franchise anymore

Metamania
Metamania

A global release in early 2012? Hopefully, Soul Calibur V will be better than the last two games!

sirkibble2
sirkibble2

Can I preorder now while I got some money??

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

I really enjoyed Soulcalibur 4, and this looks just as good if not better so far.

Drakkengoth
Drakkengoth

Soulcalibur2 was pure fried gold where Soulcalibur4 was quite a disappointment, but I still look forward to how this one may turn out

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

Hell yeah but please do not abuse pointless (and useless in game) DLC