Initial release date: 2018
Developer: Bandai Namco Holdings
Engine: Unreal Engine
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Producer(s): Motohiro Okubo
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Soulcalibur VI is an upcoming 3D weapon-based fighting game developed by Project Soul and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. It will be released on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in 2018.
The Witcher developer CD Projekt Red recently teased that series protagonist Geralt would make an appearance in a new game coming out this year. Fans instantly began speculating that he would be playable in the new SoulCalibur–a franchise known for its guest characters–and sure enough, Geralt is a SoulCalibur VI character. And it turns out that Bandai Namco isn’t wasting the opportunity to let people know he’s included.
Amazon listings for the PS4 and Xbox One versions of SoulCalibur VI have gone live, revealing the game’s box art. It turns out that it’s the same keyart we saw alongside the recent announcement, meaning that Geralt–along with Mitsurugi–is featured prominently right on the front of the box.
This isn’t unusual for the series, but it’s first confirmation that the tradition will continue. Bandai Namco likes to prominently display the franchise’s guest characters on the box art, whether it’s Link in SoulCalibur II on Gamecube, Yoda or Darth Vader in the Xbox 360/PS3 versions (respectively) of SoulCalibur IV, Ezio in SoulCalibur V, and so on.
“We’ve collaborated with Bandai Namco artists to faithfully recreate Geralt, and shared original Witcher 3: Wild Hunt assets like Geralt’s model, animations, and weapons,” said CD Projekt Red community lead Marcin Momot. “I think Bandai Namco did an outstanding job of capturing all the details and introducing The Witcher to SoulCalibur in a way fans of both series will enjoy.”
Among the other characters confirmed for SoulCalibur VI are Ivy, Zasalamel, Kilik, Xianghua, Nightmare, and new addition Groh. The game does not yet have an exact release date, but it’s due out for PS4, Xbox One, and PC sometime this year.