Since the release of SoulCalibur: Broken Destiny in 2009, Namco Bandai has remained tight-lipped about the future of its weapon-based beat-'em-up. One of the reasons could be down to the PSP game's poor performance--it failed to make the publisher's top 10 sales list for April-September, being beaten by the likes of Afro Samurai and We Ski & Snowboard.
SoulCalibur will be returning to home consoles next year, though, as publisher Namco Bandai has announced that the fifth game in the series will be coming to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2012. Project Soul team producer Hisaharu Tago took to the stage at the publisher's annual Level Up showcase event to reveal a "true sequel" for the fighting game series, set 17 years after the events of SoulCalibur IV. SoulCalibur V is due for release sometime in 2012.
Namco Bandai revealed a host of new titles at the Dubai showcase event, including Ace Combat 3D for the Nintendo 3DS, Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Impact for the PSP, and an untitled Dragon Ball Z project for the PS3 and Xbox 360.