- Oct 28, 2017
Soul Calibur VI is the sixth installment of Bandai Namco's Soul series, which began with Soul Edge and proceeded up to Soul Calibur V. The fifth entry in the series was controversial in many ways, gutting a large portion of the cast, sporting a rather lackluster story mode, and making its lead character a divisively unlikable man. It also featured the largest time jump in the series yet, aging up fan favorites like Siegfried, replacing other favorites like Taki with next gen counterparts like Natsu, and changing old fan favorites into other characters entirely, like turning Kilik into a mimic character.
Perhaps due to backlash against SCV's direction, the sixth game aims to take the series' tagline literally, and retell the story of the first couple of Soul Calibur games. The team promises we will "uncover hidden truths" by revisiting this time period. What are those truths? I suppose we'll have to play to find out.
Being set back towards the beginning of the timeline, the established characters are their more recognizable younger selves. In addition, we have several newcomers who were either originally introduced in entries that took place later in the timeline, or are brand new altogether.
The game's story mode is called Soul Chronicle, which covers from the end of the original Soul Edge to the beginning of Soul Calibur II, spanning about seven years, from 1583 to 1590. Every character has a story told through voiced illustrations, which look absolutely gorgeous.
In addition to Soul Chronicle, there is also a mode called Libra of Soul, which is a campaign of sorts for the player's own created characters. This mode incorporates RPG elements, and introduces an alignment mechanic, where you must make choices that bring you closer to either Soul Edge (evil) or Soul Calibur (good). The story culminates in a final battle against a new character created specifically for this mode, Azwel.
Let's take a look at the Roster.
Unfortunately, Tira will be DLC. Inferno is also not playable online.
Because she got shafted from the base roster, I'll put her full artwork here. Look how gorgeous the character art in this game is!
Here are the confirmed Stages.
Returning from Soul Calibur V is the Create a Character system, which now includes sixteen (!) different races to choose from as well as humans, ranging from elves to automatons to lizard men.
Introduced in this installment is the Reversal Edge system. Here are some diagrams to help you understand just what that is.
For a very, VERY in depth look at returning mechanics, which include Guard Impact, Supers, Meters, and more, please take a look at this guide on reddit, uploaded by user Patroklos α. Much of what has gone into this thread was helped by this reddit thread, including the roster and stage list. The thread also has more details on just about everything else in the game, putting all pre-release info through a fine tooth and comb. In order to cut down on bloat, I'll leave the link here.
And, if you hadn't noticed, Geralt of Rivia, of Witcher series fame, is in this game. They even put him front and center on the cover art. Soul Calibur is known for its guest characters, after all.
The stage of destiny is set. Fight on, my friends.