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Soulcalibur Reborn
Developer(s) Project Soul
Publisher(s) Namco Bandai
Ubisoft (Europe)
Designer(s) Hiroaki Yotoriyama
Engine Havok (game physics)
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Released All regions 2010
Genre(s) Fighting
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Ratings BBFC: 12
PEGI: 12+
USK: 12
Media Nintendo DS cartridge

Soulcalibur Reborn is an installment in Namco's Soul series of fighting games. It will be released in 2010 for the Nintendo DS.


The game is the second portable Soul series installment based on Soulcalibur IV (the first being Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny). The familiar Arcade, Story, Museum and Training modes all return. Character Creation also returns, with all the features included in both IV and Broken Destiny.

The Gauntlet

The Gauntlet story mode, distinct from each character's individual story mode, is virtually identical to its Broken Destiny counterpart, except that the storyline has been altered to include the three newcomers to the series and the Transformers characters and Chester as substitutes for Kratos. Serving as a tutorial mode of sorts, players fight through a number of stages set to a humorous story.


The Transformers guest characters Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee and Bludgeon each have the ability to convert into a Peterbilt truck, a winged alien tank, a Chevrolet Camaro, and a Japanese battle tank respectively. This gimmick has not yet been worked fully into the gameplay.


All regular characters from Soulcalibur IV and Broken Destiny return for the game, with newcomers Draco, Gertrude and Straifnir added to the roster.

The playable guest characters are Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee and Bludgeon from the Transformers universe. Prime, Megatron and Bumblebee are major characters in the Transformers live-action film series. Bludgeon is a toy-only character from the same continuity, and was chosen to appear in Reborn due to his skeletal samurai appearance and nature "blending in beautifully" with the Soulcalibur world. His personality and fighting style in Reborn are based on his incarnation from Transformers: Generation 1. The Transformers characters are scaled down to more or less the same size as other characters; this is not only done to balance the characters, but also to give a relative sense of scale. For example, in order to have him feel more like a fast, light character and less like a hulking giant, Bumblebee was given approximately the same height as Tira, making him shorter than some of the taller Soulcalibur characters.

Returning characters

New characters


Many stages are reprised from Soulcalibur IV and Broken Destiny.

  • Egyptian Temple - Sacred Flame (Yun-seong)
  • Grand Labyrinth - Corridor of Suspended Time (Zasalamel)
  • Grand Shrine of Palgaea - Sea of Decay (Astaroth/Lizardman)
  • Hall of the Warrior God (Kilik/Xianghua)
  • Ice Coffin of the Sleeping Ancient (Cervantes/Rock/Straifnir)
  • Jyurakudai Villa - Twill Damask and Brocade (Setsuka/Mitsurugi/Yoshimitsu)
  • Ostrheinsburg Castle - Battlement (Taki/Raphael/Amy)
  • Ostrheinsburg Castle Throne Room (Tira/Draco/Gertrude)
  • Phantom Pavilion (Voldo)
  • Sailor's Rest - Twilight (Seong Mi-na/Maxi)
  • Sleeping Marsh (Talim)
  • Thesmophoros Imperial Garden - Sunset (Cassandra/Sophitia)
  • Tower of Remembrance - Ancient Gate (Siegfried)
  • Tower of Remembrance - Degradation (Algol)
  • Tower of Remembrance - Encounter (Nightmare)
  • Tower of Remembrance - Spiral of Time (Ivy)
  • Voiceless Volpe Bridge (Dampierre/Chester)
  • Wolfkrone Monument (Hilde)