Soul Calibur 5 Announcement Trailer

Although we first learned of SoulCalibur V‘s existence late last week, up until now we haven’t had much in the way of solid information regarding the anticipated sequel.

Anticipate no more, as Namco Bandai has unleashed a plethora of media for fans of the series to sift through until the distant release next year.

The countdown at the Namco Bandai page has ended, unveiling a trailer for the game, as well as a trendy Facebook fan page – one which requires ‘Likes’ to unlock hidden images. Considering the relatively lukewarm response toward DICE’s attempt to utilize its fan base through Facebook for Battlefield 3, it remains to be seen whether the SoulCalibur page will reach its goal in a timely fashion.

Regardless, feel free to head over to the SoulCalibur homepage to see how much progress has been made so far.

Namco Bandai has also shared some story and gameplay details for the sequel – a good thing since the prior game had a rather definitive ending:

“Developed by the legendary Project Soulâ„¢ team, 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 intertwines with the Soul swords. With the series’ revolutionary 8-way run, allowing for true 3D movement during matches, a refined battle system, and stunning graphics, SOULCALIBUR V will be the top game of 2012 for anyone looking for a knock-down, drag-out fight.”

It looks like a new protagonist will finally be taking the helm from Siegfried, though the previous hero will return as well. This is a significant jump for the series, but not an unexpected one. If Mortal Kombat is any indication as to the future of fighting games, we might be seeing a much deeper story in SoulCalibur V.

The teaser trailer certainly gives that impression:

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After a quick YouTube refreshment course, you might remember that the trailer is in fact the ending to SoulCalibur IV – specifically Siegfried’s ending. There’s no indication on how Project Soul plans to bring back Siegfried and Nightmare, or what any of the other characters have been doing for the past 17 years – but expect the fog to clear as the Facebook page gains popularity and E3 creeps ever closer. A strong showing from Project Soul could be just the reinvigoration fans disappointed by the most recent releases (me included) might need.

Are you excited by Project Soul’s continuation of the franchise? Do you think that the fan support could make this one of the most impressive games in the SoulCalibur series? Let us know in the comments below.

Expect to see SoulCalibur V on the PS3 and Xbox 360 next year.