Soulcalibur VI

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Soulcalibur VI
Soulcalibur VI cover art.jpg
Cover art featuring Mitsurugi and Geralt of Rivia
Developer(s)Bandai Namco Studios
Publisher(s)Bandai Namco Entertainment
Director(s)Yoshinori Takahashi
Producer(s)
  • Michinori Ozawa
  • Motohiro Okubo
Designer(s)
  • Tomofumi Oosaka
  • Takashi Yoshida
Programmer(s)Masanori Ota
Artist(s)Takuji Kawano
Hiroaki Hashimoto
Writer(s)Sohei Kamada
Composer(s)Junichi Nakatsuru
SeriesSoulcalibur
EngineUnreal Engine 4
Platform(s)
ReleaseOctober 19, 2018
Genre(s)Fighting
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Soulcalibur VI is a fighting game in the Soulcalibur series developed by Bandai Namco Studios and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows in 2018. Soulcalibur VI received mostly positive reviews, with praise being directed at its gameplay and faithfulness to the series.

Gameplay[edit]

Following the tradition of prior installments of the Soulcalibur series, Soulcalibur VI's gameplay involves two weapons-wielding combatants battling against one another using a 3D system. The game kept many of the familiar gameplay elements including 8-Way Run, Guard Impact, and character creation, but adds to the traditional formula by introducing new mechanics such as Reversal Edge and the newly revamped Soul Charge.[1] The Reversal Edge allows players to defend against an oncoming attack and quickly strike back, alongside a slow-motion effect, enabling more defensive options for the players.

Characters[edit]

Models dressed as Taki (Xena Kai[2]), Talim and Sophitia during promotion at PAX West 2018

Soulcalibur VI contains a base roster consisting of 21 fighters. Additional characters are added through DLC after the game's launch. There are also 100 slots for custom characters.[3] New characters introduced in Soulcalibur VI are marked in italics.

^a Guest character
^b Downloadable content
^c Unlockable

Plot[edit]

Soulcalibur VI serves as a reboot to the series, taking place during the 16th century to revisit the events of the first Soulcalibur game to "uncover hidden truths".[23][24]

Development and release[edit]

Soulcalibur VI demo at E3 2018

Soulcalibur VI was announced during The Game Awards 2017.[25] Development on the game began over three years earlier.[26] Producer Motohiro Okubo called the game a celebration of the franchise's 20th anniversary.[27][28] Bandai Namco focused more on story elements than in the previous games in the series.[29][30] It runs on Unreal Engine 4 like Bandai Namco's previous fighting game, Tekken 7. According to Okubo, the title's code name was "Luxor" due to the team's intentions on making the game feel brighter like it was in the first Soulcalibur. Additional mechanics were introduced to help players with the game's learning curve.[28]

The game was released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows on October 19, 2018.[31] Its Collectors Edition came with an art book, a soundtrack, a Sophitia statue, and a metal case.[32] A season pass for the game includes four additional characters and more items for character customization.[33]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
MetacriticPC: 80/100[34]
PS4: 84/100[35]
XONE: 84/100[36]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid85%[37]
EGM8/10[38]
Game Informer8.75/10[39]
Game Revolution4.5/5 stars[40]
GameSpot8/10[41]
IGN8.9/10[42]
OPM (UK)8/10
VideoGamer.com8/10[43]
4Players84%[44]
HobbyConsolas85%[45]
New York Daily News5/5 stars[46]

Soulcalibur VI game was well received. Game Informer and EGM both praised the story modes.[39][38] VideoGamer.com praised the graphics,[43] while Destructoid praised the music and the character roster.[37] Game Revolution reviewer opined it was "one of the most enjoyable fighting games I’ve ever played."[40] IGN summarised it: "The new mechanics add new layers of strategy and mind games while the one-two punch of Libra of Soul and Soul Chronicle will provide hours upon hours of fantastic single-player content."[42] 4Players praised the netcode,[44] while HobbyConsolas praised the character creation.[45] GameSpot's Tamoor Hussain said it was "both intuitive and deep".[41][47] Dead or Alive 6 director and producer Yohei Shimbori commented he could not understand why his series is being criticized so much for the fan service content while Soulcalibur VI "can do it and doesn’t get a beating over it."[48]

Sales[edit]

The game reached number 5 in the UK sales chart.[49] In Japan, it sold 24,049 copies within its first week on sale, reaching number 3.[50] It reached number 8 in Australia and number 7 in New Zealand.[51] In the USA, it was the 8th most downloaded game of October on the PlayStation Store. Sales were reported to be up from Soulcalibur V and compared to Soulcalibur III, Soulcalibur and Soul Blade, but still lower than Soulcalibur II and Soulcalibur IV.[52] In 2019, Namco reported the launch as "successful".[53]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2018 Game Critics Awards Best Fighting Game Nominated[54]
The Game Awards 2018 Nominated[55]
Gamers' Choice Awards Fan Favorite Fighting Game Nominated[56]
2019 New York Game Awards Raging Bull Award for Best Fighting Game Nominated[57]
D.I.C.E. Awards Fighting Game of the Year Nominated[58]
NAVGTR Awards Franchise, Fighting Game Nominated[59]
SXSW Gaming Awards Most Promising New eSports Game Nominated[60]

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