SoulCalibur fans have some good and bad news from Namco Bandai today. I’ll go ahead and get the good news out of the way.
The wandering samurai Mitsuguri and German knight Sigfriend have been confirmed as the first two playable characters to be available when the free-to-play game launches later his year on the PlayStation 3. As always, Sigfried brings an overly large sword with him, a carry over from the days of Soul Edge back when Final Fantasy VII marketing was in full gear and big swords were all the rage.
The screenshots provided by Siliconera show a combat system which is heavily color based, most likely referring to a rock-scissors-paper, which will be added to the game’s timeless weapons based combat.
The bad news is that SoulCalibur: Lost Swords will be a single player game focusing on completing missions rather than going head-to-head with your friends. No pricing plan has been confirmed for the game yet, but I can’t remember the last time a tournament fighter was ever released without multiplayer. I can remember the last time Namco Bandai released a single player only SoulCalibur game, and it wasn’t especially pretty.
Those wanting multiplayer in their downloadable SoulCalibur game will have to turn to SoulCalibur II HD Online, instead.
Fighting games are primed and ready to be the first genre to strike it big on consoles with the free-to-play model. Big names like Tekken, Killer Instinct, and now SoulCalibur have entered the ring and want you to pay for characters, and it’s most likely only a matter of time before Mortal Kombat, Dead or Alive, and Street Fighter join the fray as well.
Should SoulCalibur: Lost Swords eventually pick up a head-to-head tournament mode, which of these series would you be most interested in playing as free-to-play?
SoulCalibur: Lost Swords will launch exclusively for the PlayStation 3 later this year.