Project Soul is the internal Namco development group responsible for the Soul franchise. Although the games are most often simply credited to Namco itself, the team established its name to draw attention to the group's combined accomplishments.
The designed logo for Project Soul, like the first game it was applied to, contained an outlining of the character Nightmare. Prior to the release of Soulcalibur V it was redesigned to symbolize the new direction that then-director Daishi Odashima intended to take the series. However, the design was changed back to the classic look prior to the release of the HD Online port of Soulcalibur II.Project Soul is now led by Masaki Hoshino, the former game programmer.