Notwithstanding the lamentable decline of the arcade scene, there has probably never been a better time to be a fighting game fan. The past year alone has seen the release of new versions of Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Dead Or Alive, BlazBlue and Marvel vs Capcom. We can now add Soul Calibur V to the list, with Namco Bandai revealing that work has commenced on a new edition of its popular weapon based fighter.
In recent years, the series has become known for its ‘guest’ combatants, with pop culture icons such as Darth Vader and Spawn taking centre stage in advertising campaigns for the games. It’s unclear as to whether this trend will continue with Soul Calibur V, particularly as the trailer includes but a handful of characters, series mainstay Siegfried amongst them. Namco Bandai has offered no further hints about the roster beyond the fact that it will include a range of new and returning combatants.
Soul Calibur V is scheduled for release on 360 and PS3 in 2012.