SoulCalibur V coming to Xbox 360, PS3 in 2012

Namco Bandai announces "true sequel" to SoulCalibur for next year on Microsoft and Sony's consoles.

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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.

New characters and a generational shift are promised for SoulCalibur V.
New characters and a generational shift are promised for SoulCalibur V.

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.

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no kilik? well looks like i wont be getting it. he was my go to guy for all installments.

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Add: 2 vs 2, 3 vs 3 fighting Survival Modes Expand on Skills (skills that affect attack rate, combo ability, range, speed Good-looking Critical Finishes Remove: Special Guest Characters

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I think someone said this, but I think Soul Calibur should do what franchises like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat did. Take it back to what made the series good. The tower mode was just dumb. Not to mention creating characters. Just bring back the Conquest mode. I played that forever on Soul Calibur and Soul Calibur 2!! I'm really glad 4 wasnt the last one. I really hope this game is what I thought Soul Calibur 4 was gonna be!

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i'll definitely be getting this game. i've loved the soul calibur series from the start, and this one will be a welcome addition to my game collection.

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This made my day. A new SC game, with the promise of a whole heap of new characters? Beautiful. I suppose Kratos would be kinda bland for the PS3 guest character... Now that I think about it, Sackboy could be absolutely hilarious... I suppose Marcus could always be the 360 guest character, but that would also be a bit bland... I want something that no one could possibly see coming xD

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Out of place character this time . . . hmmmm, Namco intellectual property . . ., I know. The Old King fro Demons' Souls. The the character could be impossible to beat except unless you are the best at the game ever, then you could only win about 5% of the time. That would work, namco owns it. And then the out - of - place character would be invincible. Kind of like Night Terror.

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PSN back up and this awesome news indeed :D

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And who will be the special out of place character this time? Sauron?

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I promise that you wont suffer....much "Ivy" Thank god that are making another game, i though that it was over after sc4.

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OK, i'll make this short. Keep the 'create own character' and character customisation. Bring back the chronicle of the sword! or something similar and better. And bring back team-battle plz, without getting rid of other modes >:l ...Oh yh, improve the story mode, take some ideas from how the new MK story mode is...

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Hmm, probably won't buy. I've been a big fan, but the series seems to have gone down-hill from the first game (which was superb), and I was disappointed with IV. The focus of "extra characters" just turns the game into a joke.

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@ shabulia I think Namco Bandai won't put guest characters for this game this time around. For some reason they only tend to do that with the even number sequels and spin-offs like SCII, SCIV, SCL, and SCBD.

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I love this series. I especially liked the ability to create my own characters. Just give us more costume options. I like the guest stars. But star wars just didn't fit. It should be magical based or famous gaming, anime or adult fiction sword wielding characters only. Kratos, Link, Conan, Red Sonja, Capt Jack Sparrow,Sinbad, Zorro Cloud, Dante, Soul Eater's Maka and Black Star. One Piece"s Roronoa Zoro Bleach's Ichigo Kurosaki. . As for characters that use rehashed moves of others they should be dropped. All the characters should have their own style. Also time for all new costumes kept the original but create some new designs not just color changes. All new arenas please. a new game should be just that. Cause previous verision differ only with guest character. Racing games get new tracks don't they. An easy mode like Marverl vs Capcom would be nice cause sometimes you just wnat to button mash other times you use strategy. And finally two endings. One that shows what happens if you choose dark sword the other if you choose the light. I know that some will fell my ideas are stupid but they just me throwing them out there.

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Please, no gimmicky "extra characters" like those from Star Wars nor should there be guest characters for each console like Link, Spawn, or Heihachi. Let's just have a fresh and new Soul Calibur that can be enjoyed as a tournament fighter for all consoles. Please?

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@kavadias1981 I'm with you on the Japanese art being near pornography. And don't get me wrong, I like a naked girl as much as the next guy, but it's hard to convince my wife I like these games as "fighting" games when she sees the character models.

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Exclusive characters should be.... Xbox - Master Chief PS3- Solid Snake Wii- Link or Kirby

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@NOscope42 ,pretty much everything you said was true. P.S. i only use the Gamecube controller 4 brawl.:)

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HOLY CRAP! I thought Soul Calibur was over after IV, and was extremely sad about it (HUGE fan!). After hearing this news, I am extremely... no, words cant even explain how happy I am to hear this news! The only thing I hope is that if they feel that they MUST do guest characters, then dont do something stupid like Star Wars. Maybe Nier, Dante (Devil May Cry) or something? Or even better, just dont do any guest characters and just introduce some new characters instead. I also hope they keep the character creation modes, but get rid of the way clothing affects your character's strength. It would be nice to just create a character according to how you want them to look and not have to worry about creating a cool character that is extremely weak.

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@lujanr32 thank you, I thought we was the only character that fit well into the fighting genera, until MK 9 brought in kratos in. now there are two characters that with well placed appearances in fighting games.

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@ShadowofSonic I agree, but because of the controller, there are far more titles to choose from then there are on the wii. basically Nintendo is the only company willing to spend the time and effort into it. the other two good 3rd party games require a classic controller plus to play (monster hunter tri and golden eye). and you don't even have to use the wii mote on SSBB, i use the game cube controller for it, as well as Mario kart wii.

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xbox 360 should have exclusive character Master Chief PS3= Nathan Drake Wii= Link (cuz he was badass in SCII)

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Oh god this is awesome news :D!

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great news

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looks great

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Yea im ready for a new Soul Calibur. The last 1 wuz aight. I still say Soul Calibur II wuz the best in the series.

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NICE!

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Finally! Been waiting for this for years now. Even though Soul Calibur 4 was less good than the 3, the character creation give it more than enough lasting value. Let's hope they keep that in the next one.

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SoulCalibur, regardless of how good or bad each version has been, is still my favorite type of fighting game type. I love having Weapons in a fighting game, they add a much greater variety on top of punches, kicks, and fireballs. I really loved MK9, but SoulCalibur is still a bit more fun for me. Let's hope they westernize it a bit more so it does well.

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SC4 was quite dull in my opinion. I only ever enjoyed the first game. But with games like SSF4 and MK9 showing us how beat 'em ups can still be developed as something special, maybe they can bring the SC series back up to scratch. And they should get rid of the Star Wars lot and Kratos. It removes the feeling of authenticity from the game. Oh and they should get rid of the perverts on the design team. I like a naked woman like the next guy, but these Japanese fighters are practically becoming pornography.

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I hope game is better than this trailer >_> and at least better than SC4, and they should include team battle again, let's all pester them about it? lol

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Looks great, can't wait.

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Can't wait but i hope they still keep the star wars characters in. Ya also they should put Kratos in he'll look deadly for PS3 Exclusively

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can i still make characters?

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The announcer, is that the same announcer from Power Stone 2?

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i wonder who will be the exclusives this time for the two systems

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Pretty good news, I've always been a fan of Soul Calibur

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Not to excited about this. Go back to SCII roots and we'll speak dough.

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Good news, I wanted a little more in the teaser but I guess we have to wait for E3 ;)

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Hell Yeahhh !!!! I Can't Wait !! :D

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YES! Wanna see yoshimitsu's new armor. Plus let's have more demeaning remarks at the end of a full match. Like Raphael's "Why do you bother, when you know you will lose" lol

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Oh hell ya !!!! One of my favorite fighting games.Now if they can make a dead or alive on the ps3 things would be really nice.

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Awesome Soul Calibur is one fighting game that they always seem to get right.... except with Yoda.......... Mace Windu anybody?

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Hell yeah can't wait, SoulCalibur always rocks. Bring on Siegfried and Nightmare.

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How about Conan and Elric for guest characters? I've always wanted to see those two duke it out.

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@aSchizophrenic Obama likes Soul Calibur LOL.

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@Majkic666 No reason in particular....

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Good to hear, SoulCalibur is always fun to play

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correction she would be 49 in this game. Most likely we will see a whole new cast of characters in this game. Bit of a fresh start.

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Ivy would be in her 50's if i'm correct. She was in her mid 30's in the 4 game.

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What was with the way they said "Transcending history and the world, a tale of swords and souls, eternally retold"? It sounded weird.

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