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Soulcalibur VI
SC6 Cover
The official boxart of the game.
Developer(s) Project Soul
Publisher(s) Bandai Namco Entertainment
Designer(s) Motohiro Okubo
Platform(s) PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Microsoft Windows
Released 2018
Genre(s) Fighting
Ratings ESRB: T (Teen)
PEGI: 16
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Soulcalibur VI (ソウルキャリバーVI, Sourukyaribaa Shikkusu) is the seventh installment in Namco's Soul series of fighting games. It is a reboot of the series which will cover events starting pre-Soulcalibur, and was announced at The Game Awards 2017.

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Development

The game began development before 2014.[1] Like Tekken 7, Soulcalibur VI uses Unreal Engine 4.

Characters

Returning Characters

Heishiro Mitsurugi (御剣 平四郎, Mitsurugi Heishirō) is a veteran of the Soul series that has been in every game since Soul Edge. He wears a modified version of his Soulcalibur outfit.[2]

Sophitia Alexandra (ソフィーティア・アレクサンドル, Sofītia Arekusandoru) is the older sister to Cassandra and Lucius. She is a veteran of the Soul series and is returning since her last main appearance in Soulcalibur IV. Her outfit is derived from her Soulcalibur look.[3]

Nightmare (ナイトメア, Naitomea) makes his return in the game. His appearance is an updated version of his Soulcalibur costume. His host appears to be Siegfried, revealed during Nightmare's armor break.

Chai Xianghua (チャイ・シャンファ, Chai Shanfa, Chinese: 柴香華 Pinyin: Chái Xiānghuà) returns since her last appearance in Soulcalibur IV, fighting with her Chinese sword. She wears an updated version of her alternative outfit in Soulcalibur III.

Kilik (キリク, Kiriku) returns once again using his staff. He seems to suffer from malfestation, being able to turn into a malfested form by using Soul Charge. His costume seems to be a mix of his different appearances.[4]

Isabella "Ivy" Valentine (イザベラ・バレンタイン - アイヴィー, Izabera Barentain - Aivī) makes her come back with her signature sword. She appears younger with a modified version of her Soulcalibur outfit.

Zasalamel (ザサラメール, Zasaramēru) returns since his last appearance in Soulcalibur IV, using his scythe and wearing a brand new costume. He can manipulate time and has inherited some moves from Abyss.

Siegfried Schtauffen (ジークフリート・シュタウフェン, Jīkufurīto Shutaufen) returns using his Zweihänder once again. He appears younger and has brand new armor, parts of which are the exact same as Nightmare's.

Taki (タキ, also written as 多喜) returning since her last main appearance in Soulcalibur IV. Her costume seems to be a mix of her different appearances.[5]

Yoshimitsu (吉光) the ancestor of his present incarnation with a same name from Tekken era return with a completely newer look while donning his new infamous oni mask.[6]

New Characters

Grøh (グロー, Gurō) is a brand new character who is a part of the mysterious Aval Organization, shown wielding a double saber. He is on a mission to eliminate the world from "Outsiders".[7]

Guest Characters

Geralt of Rivia is a witcher and the main protagonist of the Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski.

Plot

The game will take place during the 16th Century, in 1586. It is a retelling of the events during the original Soulcalibur era.[8]

Game Mechanics

  • SC6 Reversal Edge

    Reversal Edge

    Soulcalibur VI introduces a brand new feature called Reversal Edge, which can be performed using a single button. This triggers a slow-motion exchange with a single button input from each player, with the outcome decided by a much more complicated version of rock, paper, scissors.
  • Armour break makes a return from Soulcalibur IV and Soulcalibur V. It appears to break different sections of armour, as it did in Soulcalibur IV, and it also seems to affect hairstyles.[9][10]
  • Another new game mechanic is called the Lethal Hit, an advanced system where landing certain moves in the right condition will send the opponent flying.
  • Guard Impact's make their return into the game, and is free of any gauge cost.
  • Critical Edge returns from Soulcalibur V, largely unchanged.[11]
  • Soul Charge returns since Soulcalibur III, completely overhauled. It can cause certain characters to transform into different versions of themselves, granting special abilities.

Game Modes

Stages

The game will feature "Signature 16th century stages".[13] The announced stages are:

  • Shrine of Eurydice: Cloud Sanctuary
  • Snow-Capped Showdown
  • Kaer Morhen (Geralt of Rivia's guest character stage)

Trivia

  • It also appears that stages will have some sort of time-of-day system.[14]
  • The game will feature old characters from previous games, as well as some newcomers.[15]
  • It has been stated that Soulcalibur VI will return the series to its roots.[16]
  • Like past games, Soulcalibur VI will feature at least one Guest character.[17]
  • It will be the first game in the series to be released on PC.
  • The Character Select screen shows a minimum of 20 playable characters. However, that is not the final representative of characters available.[18]

Gallery

Character Artwork

Screenshots

Videos

References

  1. ^ http://metro.co.uk/2017/12/18/soulcalibur-vi-hands-on-preview-and-interview-we-want-to-realise-the-feel-good-factor-7167281/ States when development began.
  2. ^ https://youtu.be/m1sdAmSq4vs Mitsurugi appears in the trailer.
  3. ^ https://youtu.be/m1sdAmSq4vs Sophitia appears in the trailer.
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiIdQGePIB8 EVO Japan trailer.
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiGQ8tPO0V4&t=1s Taki's leaked trailer
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qp9jYKgA_P0 Yoshimitsu’s trailer
  7. ^ https://youtu.be/m1sdAmSq4vs The mystery character appears at the end of the trailer.
  8. ^ https://gematsu.com/2017/12/soulcalibur-vi-theme-reboot-emphasizes-enjoyment-sword-fighting-single-button Mentions the year the game takes place, during the era of the original Soulcalibur.
  9. ^ https://youtu.be/iA6US0jfqNA Sophitia breaks Mitsurugi's armour
  10. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlbqI-uL9Ik Sophitia's braid comes out after a certain armour break
  11. ^ https://youtu.be/iUUS-Smwc40?t=2m29s The gameplay video shows Mitsurugi activating the Critical Edge.
  12. ^ https://gematsu.com/2017/12/soulcalibur-vi-theme-reboot-emphasizes-enjoyment-sword-fighting-single-button States the return of Character Creation.
  13. ^ https://www.gamespot.com/articles/soulcalibur-6-announced-first-gameplay-details-rev/1100-6455475/ Mentions how the stages are in the 16th century
  14. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlbqI-uL9Ik Time of day seems to change during rounds.
  15. ^ https://www.gamespot.com/articles/soulcalibur-6-announced-first-gameplay-details-rev/1100-6455475/ Mentions the cast of characters.
  16. ^ https://www.gamespot.com/articles/soulcalibur-6-announced-first-gameplay-details-rev/1100-6455475/ Mentions how the game is turning back to its roots
  17. ^ https://gematsu.com/2017/12/soulcalibur-vi-theme-reboot-emphasizes-enjoyment-sword-fighting-single-button States the presence of guest character/s.
  18. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH5IV5fcThs Shows article screenshot at 1:19.