Considering how the fighting game genre has been able to make a comeback these last few years, one question that’s been brought up quite a bit is, “Where’s SoulCalibur?” Bandai Namco’s second fighting game cash cow used to be a huge deal, but it’s been years since the last installment kind of crapped the bed. Luckily, The 2017 Game Awards announced the return of the franchise!
The Soul series began back in 1995 with the exceptional Soul Edge, renamed Soul Blade on consoles. The game’s story takes place in 1584 and centers around armed warriors from around the world fighting over the rights to a cursed sword known as Soul Edge, then wielded by a possessed pirate. This would lead to the sequel SoulCalibur, which would hold onto the branding for all the later installments. The series has continued to focus on the quest for the evil sword ever since.
The last real installment was SoulCalibur V in 2012, which didn’t exactly set the world on fire due to how little the game had to offer, especially compared to its predecessors. Hopefully, SoulCalibur VI will return to the glory days of the Dreamcast era.
Get your blind gimp cosplay ready because SoulCalibur VI is a go. Here’s everything we know about the game:
SoulCalibur 6 Release Date
SoulCalibur VI will arrive in 2018 for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. Coincidentally, the series will celebrate its 20th-anniversary next year.
SoulCalibur 6 Trailer
The latest character reveal as of May 2 is Taki, the demon-hunting ninja lady with the overly-tight outfit who has been in every Soul game except SoulCalibur V.
SoulCalibur VI will feature a guest appearance from the Witcher himself, Geralt of Rivia.
Other familiar fighters have joined the SoulCalibur VI roster. There’s Zasalamel, the undying magician who debuted in SoulCalibur 3. Fans of the fighter will be happy to know that her scythe and spells look as brutal as ever.
Next up is series staple combatant, Ivy. She’s still wearing questionably effective armor – it’s certainly distracting – but looks to remain a fan favorite
Here’s the extended trailer that played at PSX 2017:
SoulCalibur IV ended with Sophitia dying and SoulCalibur V jumped ahead about 15 years to focus on her children. Not only is Sophitia alive and well here, but amidst all the random visions shown, the narrator mentions how “history hides away more than one truth.” In other words, there might be an in-story retcon of SoulCalibur V in the works, setting up VI as the beginning of a new timeline.
Hey, it worked like gangbusters for Mortal Kombat.
The big gameplay addition is Reversal Edge, which is a counterpart to the Combo Breaker from Killer Instinct. Though that trailer shows Sophitia and Mitsurugi doing some kind of glowing buff thing as they attack one last time, so maybe that’s something too.
Then this trailer hit on January 26, revealing even more characters.
With this, we get more classic characters. Kilik and Xianghua are the main heroes of the original SoulCalibur, while Nightmare is the game’s badass villain. Seriously, look at how badass that horse of evil energy super is. The big twist, as shown at the end of the trailer, is that pure-hearted Kilik is now being corrupted by Soul Edge’s demonic influences.
Hey, it worked like gangbusters for Street Fighter… Okay, I’m done with that now.
Also interesting is our first new character, Groh, who is some kind of medieval secret agent? He definitely seems fun and kind of has a low-tech Darth Maul quality to his swordplay. Can’t wait to see more from him.
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