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)Hideo Yoshie
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 and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. Produced by "Project Soul", an internal production studio within Bandai Namco that manages the series, the game was released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows in 2018.

Gameplay[edit]

Following the tradition of prior installments, Soulcalibur VI's gameplay involves two, weapon-wielding combatants battling against one another on a 3D plane. The game introduces a new mechanic known as the "Reversal Edge", which allows players to defend against an oncoming attack and quickly strike back, alongside a slow-motion effect, enabling more options in player defense.

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".[1][2]

Characters[edit]

Soulcalibur VI contains a roster consisting of over 20 fighters. 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

Development and release[edit]

Soulcalibur VI was announced during The Game Awards 2017.[22] Development on the game began over three years earlier.[23] Producer Motohiro Okubo called the game a celebration of the franchise's 20th anniversary.[24][25] Bandai Namco focused more on story elements than in the previous games in the series.[26][27] 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.[25]

The game was released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows on October 19, 2018.[28] Its Collectors Edition came with an art book, a soundtrack, a Sophitia statue, and a metal case.[29] A season pass for the game includes four additional characters and more items for character customization.[30]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic84[31]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid85%[32]
EGM8/10[33]
Game Informer8.75/10[34]
Game Revolution4.5/5 stars[35]
GameSpot8/10[36]
IGN8.9/10[37]
OPM (UK)8/10
VideoGamer.com8/10[38]
4Players84%[39]
HobbyConsolas85%[40]
New York Daily News5/5 stars[41]

The game was well received. Game Informer and EGM both praised the story modes.[34][33] VideoGamer.com praised the graphics,[38] while Destructoid praised the music and the character roster.[32] Game Revolution reviewer opined it was "one of the most enjoyable fighting games I’ve ever played."[35] 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."[37] 4Players praised the netcode,[39] while HobbyConsolas praised the character creation.[40] GameSpot's Tamoor Hussain said it was "both intuitive and deep".[36]

The game reached number 5 in the UK sales chart.[42] In Japan, it sold 24,049 copies within its first week on sale, reaching number 3.[43] It reached number 8 in Australia and number 7 in New Zealand.[44] In the USA, it was the 8th most downloaded game of October on the PlayStation Store.[45]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Result Ref
2018 Game Critics Awards Best Fighting Game Nominated [46]
The Game Awards Best Fighting Game Nominated [47]

References[edit]

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