When it comes to fighting games, SoulCalibur will always be one of the more renowned franchises, standing tall next to the likes of Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter. Great characters, optional modes and vibrant visuals help sell a game, but nothing beats the inclusion of another franchise character to the roster.
SoulCalibur 4 included favourite Star Wars characters Yoda and Darth Vader when it released back in 2008, but the fighters were rather difficult to use properly, requiring a high level of control and experience to master.
With SoulCalibur 5 around the corner, we’ve got the master assassin himself, Ezio Auditore from Assassins Creed making his debut. Namco Bandai is promising gamers that this time, the bonus character will be a lot easier to master than a certain Jedi and Sith lord.
Namco Bandai Community Manager Rich Bantegui has confirmed with USPSB that Ezio will be “more straightforward”. Ezio, and all his wonderful gadgets and unique fighting style fits in perfectly with the SC universe, Bantegui explained. “Ezio should’ve been in this series a long, long time ago”, Bantegui said.
“In general, I think that guest characters have taken a bit longer to evolve in terms of gameplay; Darth Vader and Yoda took a little more time for players to master in a competitive setting. I don’t think you’ll see that with Ezio. He’s straightforward. You’ll be able to hop right into it, and he’s got one of the easier Brave Edges. And hey, he’s got a crossbow. You can’t beat that!”
Assassins Creed parent company Ubisoft has been pleased with the manner in which one of their star franchise characters has been represented so far, with Bantegui remarking that “Our relationship with Ubisoft has been good; I’ve heard that they’re very happy with how he’s turned out”.
“You’ve never seen him at this close a range with this many moves. Controlling him in SoulCalibur V lets you see him in a new light.”
Last Updated: October 26, 2011