It's been a long time coming, but Lost Swords will finally shut down permanently on November 30 of this year. Before that, it'll still be playable but the other functions will be removed. AP Potion and Tickets will stop being sold on September 30, and all other in-game items will be taken down on October 27. I'm sure we've been waiting for this for so long, but the dog days are finally over. Now Soulcalibur can return to being the fighter we know and love.
The Japanese video on the right is called "Graduation", basically a goodbye message to Lost Swords. Two quotes from the video resonate with me: "Long live Soulcalibur" and "The warriors fade, but the souls will ignite again."