SoulCalibur V goes gold

Development finished on Namco Bandai's latest fighting game ahead of January 31 North American bow; $80 collector's edition available at launch.

Gamers eager to leap into the throes of fighting in SoulCalibur V are one step closer today, as publisher Namco Bandai has announced that the game has gone gold. The Project Soul-developed fighting game is due on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in North America on January 31, followed by a February 3 release in Europe.

SoulCalibur V is now headed to the factory for mass production.

When it ships, gamers can grab the title in two distinct editions. On top of the standard $60 edition of SoulCalibur V, gamers can grab an $80 collector's iteration of the title. This top-tier SKU includes the game, an art book, a soundtrack CD, making-of videos, a download token for Black Knight and White Knight armor sets, as well as original artwork and a letter signed by Project Soul developers.

Gamers desiring a nonstandard gamepad control scheme can pick up the MadCatz-produced SoulCalibur V fight stick for $160. The new fight stick will be similar to the Super Street Fighter IV Chun-Li Tournament Edition FightStick, but with a new button layout specifically designed for SoulCalibur. It will also sport a translucent body and cosmetic stylings to make it fit in with the SoulCalibur aesthetic.

SoulCalibur V--set 17 years after the events of SoulCalibur IV--is the latest entry in Namco Bandai's weapon-based fighter that started its life in arcades in the 1990s. Namco has slated 30 characters for inclusion, and the series' tradition of including guest characters from other games will continue with Ezio from Assassin's Creed confirmed to be joining the mix.

For more on the fighting game, check out GameSpot's latest hands-on preview with SoulCalibur V.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Henninger
Henninger

I just hope its as fast as Soul Calibur II. SC2 is the best in the series in my opinion.

NeoIostars
NeoIostars

gonna get this for the character creation mode

Zloth2
Zloth2

Waiting to see if this game is much different than 4.

Darkflare_EX
Darkflare_EX

@leeko_link At least Ezio fits perfectly within the SC world. Of that list you mentioned there the only one I might have accepted was Simon.

DbzJohno
DbzJohno

The legend will never die

mustained13
mustained13

Welcome back to the stage of history...

CTR360
CTR360

great news i need job

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

I was a die-hard fan of this series, but it's tailed off just a little. I still prefer to play Soulblade every now and then, and even more rarely dusting off the Dreamcast and putting in the first Soul Calibur, the sequel to the Soulblade original. I'll still buy this, but not on release. Likely 4-5 months down the line when it's much cheaper.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

Transcending history and the world, a tale of soul and swords eternally told... GO!

YEPEE00
YEPEE00

@TheTHCGamer nah, don't be so critical. its more like thats what gets its foot in the door. you know, catches your eye. then you play it & its like "whoa, theres really alot of depth."

leeko_link
leeko_link

Did they ran out of guest characters to find? How come it's only Ezio this time? Last time we got Darth Vader, Yoda, Kratos (PSP), and the Jedi Apprentice and last gen we got Link, Spawn, and Heihachi but now all we got is Ezio. C'mon where's Indiana Jones, Dante, Cloud Strife, Nathan Drake, Master Chief, Simon Belmont, Gray Fox (Metal Gear Solid), etc., anything other than just Ezio.

soulless4now
soulless4now

I'm excited since I just started SCIV a few days ago. :P

TheTHCGamer
TheTHCGamer

@YEPEE00 if thats the case why not just watch hentai anyway gameplay is always why ive played the SC games.

YEPEE00
YEPEE00

it is funny how the sexual innuendo is one of the reasons i buy a new soulcalibur game every couple of years. not the gameplay. yet, its not the only reason.(i post this to see if i'm not the only one.) anyways, that having been said. i hope they send the copies out early. as i have preordered it already. hehehe

Darkflare_EX
Darkflare_EX

@Jinjuri: Uh, Super Smash Bros is a party game with fighting elements, but it isn't enough to consider the series itself as a fighting game. Personally, I find them to be closer to platformers than actual fighting games. Oh Sould Calibur V, um... I've been keeping my eye on this game for a while and been checking out some of the info that's coming out. I see myself picking it up but I'm not sure if I'll pick it up immediatly or wait some time first.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Soul Calibur IV was fun, only fighting game I've ever been good at. Hopefully all the sexual innuendo thats revolving around this one doesn't destroy the gameplay. I'll be watching for it.

Xeogua
Xeogua

Definitely going to pick this one up.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Collector's Edition will be the best. Maybe'll get the fight stick.

Marcster1994
Marcster1994

So far with all the information, I'm excited

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

I hope it's good SC IV was disappointing imo.

Xplode_77
Xplode_77

I'm a fan of tournament fighters like Street Fighter and MvC, but Soul Calibur is my favorite. I like it because you CAN have fun if you don't know what the heck you are doing, but you can also be very technical and have strategy.

thenerd64
thenerd64

So worth it, been a fan of soul calibur since the first on dreamcast. Im getting this on day one

svaubel
svaubel

Glad a great game comes along with a decently priced CE for once.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

I'll wait for a review before I decide if I want this or not..... SC4 on XBOX didn't feel right, I also didn't like the whole tower mode, I kinda hope they bring back the campaign from SC3, the whole strategy game there was really cool.....

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Let's see if Namco gets it right this time. I've been waiting for a decent SC game since SC2. Though I must say, that Arcade Stick looks absolutely sick.

TheTHCGamer
TheTHCGamer

@ahpuck thats disgusting its going to look like oranges hanging in a plastic sack. I dont know why they cant just focus on making the butts look better if there going to go out of there way to try and make these chicks look extra sexy. I just cant stand the fact that when i play games that feature boobs that are bigger than the characters body/head that from a females perspective it just looks like im playing the game cause i think those chicks are hot. SC has some solid gameplay its just to bad the look of some of the characters make it look ridiculous.

TheTHCGamer
TheTHCGamer

@Jinjur ive always considered smash bros a hybrid since its not a traditional fighting game but its an amazing franchise nontheless in fact ive bought the last two nintendo consoles just because of smash. SCV is a must have and with the game going gold so soon means were probably going to see a lot of leaked copies. I cant wait and maybe i can even get my hands on one of those early copies.

ahpuck
ahpuck

Ivy, 17 years in the future? She is going to give herself a black eye!

Biocide69
Biocide69

CaS with my many Ninjas, Takki style :P Can't wait

Jinjuri
Jinjuri

Soul Calibur is definitely my favorite fighting game after Smash Bros. Mellee, which, in my opinion, is the best fighting game ever. But SC5 is a must buy for me.

razgriz_101
razgriz_101

@womandog if your a moron it will be a button masher, but if you play it right you will find it will more than likely be the opposite once you get the combo's down.

Xplode_77
Xplode_77

This game is going to be a heck of a lot of fun!

Death_Blade_182
Death_Blade_182

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WomanDog
WomanDog

If you like button mashing/no-skill games, this will be a godsend.

Superzone
Superzone

I'm definitely excited for this, but I just hope this game is a step above SC4. SC4 was good, but it didn't even come close to the greatness of SC2, which is my favorite fighting game of all time, mainly due to a lack of game modes (still wondering why Time Attack and Team Battle mode weren't in it, not to mention the story mode was meh and the endings for each character were just cheesy and awful). SC5 looks promising, but I just hope it's a lot more like SC2 and not SC4...

Ardain
Ardain

My Soul has return to SoulCalibur V and this time no Jedi will conquer me ever again. Not really I just love the series so much that I put so many hours into it. Theirs some games in the series that could be not mention and left behind if you know what I mean.