Some months back, just before the announcement of Tekken x Street Fighter, Katsuhiro Harada, big boss of Namco's fighting games development, let slip on his twitter that he was interested in a new Soulcalibur game. While fans were soon to learn that the secret announcement was just that the rumoured Tekken and Street Fighter crossover games were the real deal (not the even more vaguely rumoured Soulcalibur 5 with Kingdom Hearts characters), the Soulcalibur community decided to rally, and after holding a few large and successful major tournaments to prove that there was still interest from high-level players, they also started a petition on Facebook
While the petition did well, and Harada continued to tease, with pics of him showing off the petition
to his directors, and former lead programmers praying for a new game
, it wasn't until just before Christmas that anything new surfaced, when Namco community manager FilthieRich tweeted
Looking and waiting for something special?
Make sure to continue following and tell your friends to stay tuned ....
The next day Harata tweeted a followup
Sorry guys I'm so busy now.
However, I want to show you something within the course of a few days...
At this point many considered another Tekken announcement. Tekken 6 for the iphone? New TTT2 characters?
But they'd just released new TTT2 footage. So Tekken x Street Fighter?
On the 24th Harada made another tweet
Thanks for tons of comment !! OK next !!
I have something new to tweet about tomorrow night. so get ready!
(Not a footage. But important)
And 17 hours later, while everyone was quietly enjoying their holidays, Harada finally tweeted the news
that all Soulcalibur fans had been waiting to hear.
To SC Fan!The day has finally come when I can tell you all about it [email protected]Daishi_CALIBUR
SC is back! Get ready, fans! http://twitpic.com/3j16ui
The game had finally been announced, and we had our new Soulcalibur director (no word on the fate of Project Soul). Daishi Odashima, a former player who then worked on Soulcalibur 3, Soulcalibur 4, and Broken Destiny.
With the official announcement less than 2 days old it's impossible to say what they're going to do next. The biggest hope of the tournament community is that Namco will take some inspiration from current developer trends and keep the fans in the loop. After that would be an arcade release, but that seems unlikely.
Next up, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown gets a worldwide console release.
A couple weeks ago Namco put up a countdown
for the new Soulcalibur game. It ends on May 10th at noon EST. Stay tuned.
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