SOULCALIBUR 5 Hits Shelves Jan. 31

NAMCO via press release announces that SOULCALIBUR 5 has gone gold and will officially release in North America on January 31, 2012 for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. A special Collector’s Edition will also be released at launch and will include several extras including a Soundtrack CD, making-of video extras, special DLC armor sets, and an included art book.

Much like its predecessors, SOULCALIBER 5 will feature a special guest character. As of this writing only one confirmed character that will be entering the arena has been announced and will be Ezio Auditore de Firenze from the Ubisoft franchise, Assassin’s Creed. SOULCALIBUR 5 takes place 17 years after the last installment and will feature a host of new characters as well as returning favorites. The games story will follow Patroklos and Pyrrha, the son and daughter of SOULCALIBUR mainstay Sophitia.

Alongside the cast additions, new features include the Brave Edge and Critical Edge systems, “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,” states Carlson Choi, Vice President of Marketing for NAMCO.

As with many new titles released, SOULCALIBUR 5 will have exclusive pre-order items available with various selected retail outlets. GameStop stores will be offering an exclusive Ivy Valentine “Bobble Budd” figure, while Best Buy outlets will be offering a download code to allow play as the character Dampierre.

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