Namco didn’t surprise too many of us when it announced SoulCalibur II was being given the full HD and online treatment. The second game in the series has always been the fan favorite, and seeing as it remade the original once already, it was only a matter of time.
What had everyone curious was which of the guest characters from the original releases would be making an appearance in this new one if it was to span both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Alongside the announcement came the confirmation of the PlayStation 2’s guest, Tekken‘s Heihachi, which received a well rounded “meh.” The PlayStation 2 was not the most popular of the original releases despite being released on the biggest console, and the guest hero didn’t exactly offer anything new. You could already play as Heihachi in a Namco fighting series, why do you have to in another?
The news doesn’t stop there as Namco Bandai now has the attention of all the original Xbox fans too. Today it was announced that Spawn will be coming back from the shores of Hell to duke it out with the SoulCalibur crew. He and his axe were far better received than the tireless fists of Heihachi, so at least one of the cool guest characters will be returning, even if he’s a bit dated on the pop-culture scene.
Now I know that Namco Bandai knows what we’re all thinking, and you can forget about it right now. It hasn’t mentioned it or confirmed anything, but I can guarantee there is no way Link makes a return in HD in SoulCalibur II HD Online. Unless by some miracle Namco Bandai makes an exclusive Wii U Edition of the game, it sadly can’t happen, which is a shame too because the GameCube version of the original is the best of the three.
SoulCalibur II HD Online will be released digitally for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this fall. Keep your eyes peeled.