The SoulCalibur series is considered to be one of the premier fighting games for many different reasons.

Its inventive gameplay, unique characters, and intriguing story, to name a few. Now, SoulCalibur V is officially in development, and has already promised to be a very different entry in the series.

Following the recent trailer announcementFamitsu magazine has unearthed the first tidbits on SoulCalibur V. Here’s what we know so far:

  • The game is currently 10% complete.
  • The game’s roster will have both old and new characters, as well as guests.
  • The staff is trying to aim for as many characters as there were in SoulCalibur IV.
  • There will be new battle systems implemented.
  • There’s new blood in the development team, meaning there may be some changes from older games in the series.

If the game is already 10% done, then barring any possible revisions or additions later on, we could see the game released in early 2012. We already know that V will see the return of Siegfried, as well as the introduction of Patroklos, the son of Sophitia. It’s good to know that there will be a combination of old and new characters, so as to appease fans of the series while also experimenting with fresh ideas. There’s also plenty of speculation as to who would appear as a guest character (Dante, finally?)

In addition to that, a roster the size of IV means less of a chance of any fan-favorite getting cut from the final project. While it would be interesting to see what all of the old characters would look like 17 years after the last game – it stands to reason that a few might not return.

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The new battle systems is a bit worrying, since it doesn’t specify if Namco Bandai is introducing new modes of gameplay or implementing significant changes to the core fighting mechanics themselves. Considering Soul Calibur‘s large following, it doesn’t make sense to change what works but if there was a time to do it, it’d probably be now – before the series gets stale. The new additions to the development team might mean that fans will need to brace for some major changes – but we’ll have to wait and see.

In the mean time, who do you hope to see return to the roster? What guest character(s) to you want to see? Will there be any significant changes to the gameplay?

SoulCalibur V will be out in 2012 for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Source: Andriasang