Soulcalibur VI Revisits The Story And Era Of The First Game, Bandai Namco Confirms
Bandai Namco revealed Soulcalibur VI last night by asking the question "Does your soul still burn?" They released a few details on the game today to help stoke that flame.
Soulcalibur VI will "revisit the events of the original Soulcalibur to uncover hidden truths with a diverse lineup of new and returning characters," Bandai Namco said. This seemed pretty obvious from the game's initial trailer, which showed a young Mitsurugi fighting against an equally young Sophitia and what appeared to be a quick montage of the story playing backward.
The game once again has the 8-way movement system that Soulcalibur is know for, as well as a new gameplay system called Reversal Edge which enables characters to clash against each other and follow-up with counterattacks based on their opponent's actions, like a super that focuses on reading your opponent.
Soulcalibur was an arcade game that released a much-improved version on the Dreamcast in 1999. It was predated by an earlier game in the series, Soul Edge/Soul Blade, which explains how Siegfried originally came to possess the Soul Edge.
Soulcalibur VI is scheduled for release in 2018 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
I am pretty interested to find out what Bandai Namco's reasoning is for rebooting the series, though a lot of the younger generation cast of Soulcalibur V ended up not resonating with fans, so that might be the major reason. With the success of Tekken 7, Bandai Namco looks to be getting back into fighting games in a big way.