Leading video game publisher and developer Namco Bandai Games America Inc. announced that Soulcalibur V has been released to manufacture for the PlayStation3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, releasing in North America on January 31, 2012.

Set 17 years after its predecessor, Soulcalibur V comes loaded with new game features and fan favorite guest character Ezio Auditore de Firenze from Ubisoft’s multi-million unit selling franchise, Assassin’s Creed.

Alongside the standard retail edition, a special Collector’s Edition of Soulcalibur V will also be available at launch 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. The Collector’s Edition comes packaged in a faux leather-bound book replica of the one featured prominently within Soulcalibur V.

“Fighting game fans have been itching to get their hands on Soulcalibur V to begin mastering classic characters and new heroes alike,” said Carlson Choi, Vice President of Marketing, Namco Bandai Games America. “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.”

Developed by the Project Soul team at Namco Bandai Games Inc. in Japan, Soulcalibur V picks up 17 years after the events of Soulcalibur V 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 becomes entwined with the Soul swords.

With improved character customization and new gameplay features including the Brave Edge and Critical Edge systems, plus the dangerous presence of master assassin Ezio Auditore de Firenze, Soulcalibur V will be the must-have fighting game of 2012.

Platform: Xbox 360
Genre: Fighting
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Developer: Project Soul
Release Date: January 31, 2012
Rating: Teen

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