This was officially announced at a Namco event in Dubai last night.
Very little was actually explained at the event, but it is a sequel to SCIV and is set 17 years later. The new main character will be Patroclus - Sophitia's son.
Finally, it's got a 2012 release date.
You can see some very minor footage below. It's basically a bunch of SCIV footage spliced with a couple of frames of new animation at the end.
There's not much to go on, but I've always loved SC. Here's hoping this is a return to SC1 and 2 form as they've gone downhill pretty bad in the last two iterations :/
Also, Odashima recently posted on his Twitter about the restrictions a character's height puts on their bust size. Of course.
The teaser site for what is presumably SCV will also unlock at about 1700 today. http://www.bandainamcogames.co.jp/cs/list/beginning_of_the_new_chapter/index.html
Not sure if want, SC used to be one of my fave games before the steaming pile that was SC4 soured me on it.
Get the old dev team if possible, no guest characters, no rushed release, no DLC for integral parts of the game, DO IT RIGHT!
...but bring back Hilde - she could still look good in her 30's.
Wasn't SC one of the "best games ever".
I never owned a Dreamcast, but I'm pretty happy with my copy of SC2 on Gamecube with Link.
None of the games after that really impressed me.
SoulCalibur is one of the best fighters I've ever played. I still like SoulCalibur 2 better than it, but there's a good chance I'd change my mind if I actually went back to play it.
Ivy wasn't unusably complicated back then too!
Soul Calibur is great series i played each one and each was great for me, i hope this one will be great too
SC1 on DC was well ahead of its time and it stands up surprisingly well today.
This is one I will be watching closely.
I always liked Sophitia though, pity it sounds like she won't be in it
It's SoulCalibur. She'll pray to Hephaestus who will give her her youth back or something. They have a million excuses to keep most of the cast in the game despite the time jump.
Cervantes, Maxi and Ivy are all undead in one form or another, so they can be kept along with no real explanation.
Siegfried, Nightmare, Astaroth, Algol, Zasalamel, Raphael, Amy are all immortal.
Lizardman is just one of a whole species.
That's 11 characters who don't even need new explanations to explain their presence - there are so many Gods and magics and sciences available in the SC universe anyone could be kept in the series for any amount of reasons.
I think Sophitia was taken out of the regular character rotation a couple of games into the series to take a backseat to Cassandra.
The game seems to do that frequently enough with new characters taking the moves/weapon of old characters and playing almost the same.
The jump from Blade to Calibur lost a fair few characters I was familiar with. The most traumatic was the pretty cool and tragic assassin Li-Long being replaced with some kind of Chinese Pirate Elvis
Some minor information over at Eurogamer
Siegfried and Nightmare with short swords.
Just as traumatic Hwang being replaced by essentially a younger douchier version of himself.
Both were back as full fledged characters in SC3 AE but we never got a sniff of that which is a damn shame 'cause I think it would've been great, SC3 without the glitches (which in fairness I think were fixed in the PAL version anyway) and stupid bonus characters.
Actually SC2 was the only game to have a generic Lizardman, all the others were the same guy called Aeon Calcos who had a decent backstory about seeking revenge on his god for abandoning him to become a monster while the sisters just keep on being top tier but ended up played for laughs anyway.
There's definitely going to be at least two benefits of this 17 year shift.
Firstly is middle aged Mitsurugi. He already keeps getting more haggard and pissed off looking in every game - after 17 years he's going to be a train wreck of awesomeness.
And Voldo is going to be pushing 70. What's creepier than an overly flexible, S&M bound pensioner?
Astaroth is gonna be in it right? Astaroth ftw.
But they did say Siegfried no longer has Soul Calibur so, he might be still throwing around those stupidly awesome swords.
The important thing is that the height to bust ratio is right. God forbid they should mess up something that important.
Is Li Long not still in this ****? The gruelling battle ended with the victory of ............ Li Long