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Namco Bandai Announces That Soulcalibur V Has Gone Gold

January 4, 2012 Written by Nick Michetti

Fans of the critically acclaimed Soulcalibur series won’t have to wait too much longer for the next installment, as Namco Bandai has announced today that the fighter Soulcalibur V has officially gone gold.

Soulcalibur V will officially release on January 31, 2012. The game features Ezio Auditore de Firenze from the Assassin’s Creed series as a playable character, improved character customization, and new Brave Edge and Critical Edge gameplay systems. Story-wise, the game is set 17 years after its predecessor and is focused on Patroklos, son of Sophitia, as his family’s destiny becomes tied to the Soul swords.

Carlson Choi, Vice President of Marketing, NAMCO BANDAI Games America said:

Fighting game fans have been itching to get their hands on SOULCALIBUR V to begin mastering classic characters and new heroes alike. We are excited to see what top players and newcomers discover with the new Brave Edge and Critical Edge systems which are bound to create dynamic and exhilarating battles.

The game’s Collector’s Edition includes a music CD, video content that shows some of how the game was made, a hardcover art book, and both White Knight and Dark Knight armor sets that can be downloaded for character creation use. The Collector’s Edition also comes in a faux leather-bound replica of a book featured in the game.

Namco Bandai is also offering various pre-order bonus items for SCV:

  • GameStop and EB Games Canada will offer a free Ivy Valentine Bobble Budd figure (while supplies last).
  • Best Buy in the U.S. and Canada will offer a free download code to play as Dampierre (while supplies last).
  • Walmart will have certain 24 hour Walmart locations in the U.S. having a special “Fastest Way To Play” event and midnight launch for SCV. Gamers who buy the game at any 24 hour Walmart U.S. location will receive an exclusive limited edition laser art-cell (while supplies last).
  • Future Shop locations across Canada will offer an exclusive limited edition laser art-cell as well (while supplies last).

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