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Namco Announces Soul Calibur V

Namco has officially announced that Soul Calibur V will be arriving on Xbox 360 and PS3 next year. The game will be set 17 years after the events of Soul Calibur IV with some of the main characters having aged significantly and the power struggle having shifted towards the younger generation.

One of the major differences from Soul Calibur IV will be the inclusion of a more reactive combat system with combos that are simpler to perform. The game's producer, Hisaharu Tago, admits that in Soul Calibur IV there was some delay in the time it took the on-screen characters to react to the player pressing a button and he insists that Soul Calibur V will feel "much lighter, sharper and more elegant."

The game's characters will be a mix of the series' favorites as well as some new additions which may include children of some of the older characters we can also expect an updated version of the character creation mode seen in previous games. As with the special guest Star Wars characters in Soul Calibur IV, Hisaharu Tago hinted that we will again see some guest characters from outside the franchise.

Very few other specific details were given with the game's initial announcement but we have been shown a brief official trailer. As with most games that are being announced at the moment, we can expect to see and hear a lot more about it during E3.


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