Namco Bandai recently announced Soul Calibur V which will mark a new generation for the series. By “new generation,” remember how Street Fighter 3 did away with everyone except Akuma, Chun-Li, Ken, and Ryu and filled the rest of the roster with new faces? With this game taking place seventeen years after SC5, that is what we should expect with Soul Calibur 5.
It has been confirmed that Siegfried is no longer the main character. Instead, Sophitia’s son Patroklos (odd name…) will be the main protagonist. He is said to play like an improved version of Sophitia. This makes it seem likely that Patroklos will completely replace Sophitia ingame, which could also allow Sophie’s sister Cassandra to develop a more unique moveset.
Siegfried is still around, but is nearly 40 years old and is not the wielder of Soul Calibur.
It is said that most characters who wielded single long swords before will now adopt dual short swords… Or at least something like it. Not sure what this means just yet.
In terms of gameplay, the game’s producers has said that it will be lighter, sharper, and more elegant. Combos will be easier to create and pull off. There will be less of a “wait” between moves, which makes it sound as if SC5 will be a very fast paced game.
It has been confirmed that SC5 will also include guest characters (hopefully not as out of place as Star Wars fighters) and the character creation system will return again.
There is no release date and no gameplay screenshots yet, but Bandai Namco has stated that we will be getting a good amount of information at E3 this June. Stay tuned!