Crossover events are something TV viewers are used to seeing during ratings sweeps, but now Namco Bandai Games America Inc. and Ubisoft Entertainment have announced that elite assassin Ezio Auditore from the Assassin’s Creed™ series will be a playable guest character in SoulCalibur® V for the PlayStation®3 and Xbox 360®. This monumental collaboration will let players control Ezio and his wide range of assassination tools including a Roman Longsword, Stiletto, Crossbow, Hidden Gun and his trademark Hidden Blade. SoulCalibur V delivers exhilarating 3D fighting mechanics, breathtaking visuals, and new characters, as well as expanding the online and character creation modes. SoulCalibur V is scheduled to launch on January 31, 2012 in North America.
“We are very excited to bring two groundbreaking and influential franchises together with SoulCalibur and Assassin’s Creed,” said Carlson Choi, Vice President of Marketing for Namco Bandai Games America Inc. “Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed series has captivated millions of fans around the world with its unique locations, story and gameplay mechanics. We are proud to now have Ezio Auditore as part of the SoulCalibur universe.”
“SoulCalibur is renowned for including iconic characters and we’re happy to see history’s most famous master assassin Ezio will be joining their ranks in SoulCalibur V,” said Tony Key, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Ubisoft. “We’re excited to partner with Namco Bandai in bringing two of the industry’s biggest franchises together with Assassin’s Creed and SoulCalibur.”
SoulCalibur V will ship with a Collector’s Edition which includes a music CD, making-of video content, hardcover art book and the Dark Knight and White Knight downloadable armor sets for Character Creation Mode.
Developed by the Project Soul™ team, SoulCalibur V picks up 17 years after the events of SoulCalibur®IV with new heroes and returning warriors clashing in an epic showdown between good and evil. The tale of Patroklos, son of Sophitia Alexandra, unfolds as his family’s destiny intertwines with the Soul swords. With the series’ revolutionary 8-way run, allowing for true 3D movement during matches, refined battle systems, and stunning graphics, SoulCalibur V will be the top game of 2012 for anyone looking for a knock-down, drag-out fight.