Namco Bandai has announced that SOULCALIBUR V has been released to manufacture for the PS3 and Xbox 360, releasing in North America on January 31, 2012. Set 17 years after its predecessor, SOULCALIBUR V comes loaded with new game features and fan favorite guest character Ezio Auditore de Firenze from Assassin’s Creed. Besides the renaissance we saw in fighting games with the Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat games, its been a tough environment for them. It would seem that gaming fans don’t like traditional fighting quite as much as they used to, so I’m not actually convinced that this game will do that well commercially.
Alongside the standard retail edition, a special Collector’s Edition of SOULCALIBUR V will also be available at launch which includes a music CD, making-of video content, hardcover art book and the Dark Knight and White Knight downloadable armor sets for Character Creation Mode. The Collector’s Edition comes packaged in a faux leather-bound book replica of the one featured prominently within SOULCALIBUR V.
SOULCALIBUR V picks up 17 years after the events of SOULCALIBUR IV with new heroes and returning warriors clashing in an epic showdown between good and evil. The tale of Patroklos, son of Sophitia Alexandra, unfolds as his family’s destiny becomes entwined with the Soul swords.
NAMCO BANDAI Games America will also be working with selected retail partners for special pre-order items for both U.S. and Canadian residents.
GameStop and EB Games™ Canada
o Exclusively at GameStop and EB Games Canada, pre-order any version of SOULCALIBUR V now to receive a free Ivy Valentine Bobble Budd™ figure – while supplies last*.
o Exclusively at Best Buy U.S. and Canada locations, pre-order any copy of SOULCALIBUR V to receive a free exclusive character download code to play as Dampierre – while supplies last*.
o Select 24 hour Walmart U.S. locations will hold a special “Fastest Way to Play” event and midnight launch for SOULCALIBUR V. Fans purchasing the game at any 24 hour Walmart U.S. location will also receive an exclusive limited edition laser art-cell while supplies last.
o Exclusively at Future Shop locations across Canada pre-order any version of SOULCALIBUR V now to receive an exclusive limited edition laser art-cell while supplies last.
SOULCALIBUR V will be available throughout North America on January 31, 2012.