Soul Calibur 6 has received wide praise since its release, but that isn't to say that gamers' experiences have been free of troubles. Players have complained that online play is being overrun with troll characters, and now, it appears Bandai Namco is planning to take action.
On the official Soul Calibur 6 website, Bandai Namco posted a notice revealing that players who "create inappropriate custom characters online" will risk having the ability to access online functionality revoked. However, Bandai Namco didn't provide any details on what the company considers to be "inappropriate characters." It's not quite clear if this solely includes characters that have used props to imitate explicit material, or if the trolling fighters players have been encountering will also be struck down.
The problem players are facing is due largely in part to Soul Calibur 6's robust character creation system. Players can choose from a wide variety of equipment, weapons, and props when building a character from scratch, allowing for impressive custom characters. However, these same items can be used in unintended ways, like a massive prop covering the entire body of a fighter, rendering their opponent unable to see when they're guarding or preparing a strike.
A notice posted on the official #SoulCalibur VI website warns players that creating inappropriate custom characters online face the risk of having online features taken away from them.https://t.co/ArR8bgyABo pic.twitter.com/Xvj7U9Wf2e— Wonkey (@Flying_Wonkey) October 30, 2018
If Bandai Namco is only targeting players that are creating explicit material to use online, the ban may not quite satisfy fighting game fans. Since the release of the game, players have been bombarded by troll characters in ranked mode, making it difficult to maintain a winning streak. As a result, many gamers have been asking for custom characters to be banned from ranked mode entirely, as those fights leave a lasting mark on a player's records.
Although gamers may be pleased that Bandai Namco is looking into it, it remains to be seen how it will play out. If Bandai Namco is tracking 'inappropriate characters' solely based upon players' reports, it may take a while to actually crack down on explicit character creations. However, with the release of Nier Automata's 2B on the horizon and a full season's worth of content to follow, it makes sense for the company to try and tackle this problem as soon as possible.
Soul Calibur 6 is available now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.