[UPDATED] Does this image of Voldo's crotch offend you?

UPDATE 01/09/2012: According to a representative from Namco Bandai Games, the Voldo advertisement pictured here is not official. The image is likely a fan-made response to the Ivy print ad spotted in Japanese publications last week. To be clear, that Ivy ad was not part of Namco Bandai Games America’s marketing campaign for Soulcalibur V.

Above: This is the screenshot that was likely used to create the unofficial Voldo ad for Soulcalibur V pictured below

You may remember an image we posted last week which is being used to promote SoulCalibur V. It contained, for want of a better word, TEEETEEES! Our own Tyler Nagata ventured: "We would have gone with Voldo. Maybe that's why we're not in marketing". Well, he shouldn't have been so hard on himself. Either someone was listening or Mr Nagata is going to be headhunted very shortly, because that's exactly what happened.

Perhaps to show that there was no sexual bias going on, Namco duly ran the flip-side: A poster showing the midriff-to-thigh portion of Voldo's body. Here are both posters:

Above: According to fan translations, the writing across Voldo's stomach says 'curious?' Shudder.

If you're unfamiliar with Voldo, firstly: You're lucky. Secondly, he's the series' blind S&M fetishist with a penchant for horned codpieces who lives in a pit. And he's hella weird. While there are no horns here (only spikes), Namco still received several complaints and reportedly took the image down from SoulCalibur V's Facebook page. Possibly to a chorus of 'awww' from everyone else.

Still, it's the internet, so no image truly dies. And at least it got people talking, which is surely the point of advertising. Don Draper - eat yer heart out.

The game is out in the UK on Feb 3 in the UK, Jan 31 in the US and Feb 2 in Japan.

Source: Digital Battle


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  • thatgurl - January 10, 2012 1:17 a.m.

    I'm not offended. I say give us more male crotches. But I am kind of a lone voice here.
  • ThatFanInThePeacoat - January 10, 2012 9:10 a.m.

    Consider your voice no longer alone while I'm around! More male crotches!
  • Fox_Mulder - January 10, 2012 12:51 a.m.

    Looks like all SoulCalibur has now is genitalia. WOO HOO
  • AuthorityFigure - January 9, 2012 10:36 p.m.

    The boobs need big blue veins spidering through them. Also, more freckles.
  • Octaviux - January 9, 2012 8:20 p.m.

    Who doesn't like a good cod piece?
  • ethanmars - January 9, 2012 6:06 p.m.

    This is the definition of hypocrisy...and whiny 14 year old boys who like pictures of animated breasts.
  • talleyXIV - January 9, 2012 3:27 p.m.

    Extremely jealous.
  • Ravenbom - January 9, 2012 1:49 p.m.

    I'm offended because that bitch Voldo stole my outfit and he pulls it off better!
  • gibberish - January 9, 2012 1:06 p.m.

    I am offended because it isn't very big......
  • gmcb2011 - January 9, 2012 10:33 a.m.

    I've only ever bought one Soul Calibur game (because Link was in it), but I am a fan of the series. And I have to say, I found this pretty funny. Poor taste? Maybe, if it were just Ivy. People already seem to think that Soul Calibur is famous only because of boobs. The shot of the most scantily clad woman paired with a shot of the most scantily clad man seems like a mostly harmless joke about the series' image.
  • Dintin - January 9, 2012 10:07 a.m.

    Now they need to post a poster with both tits AND a codpiece, and then after that a picture with neither, so ALL possible genders are covered.
  • Japanaman - January 9, 2012 10:04 a.m.

    So you can show part of Ivy's two bare breasts but not both of Voldo's covered jewels? FINE BY ME!!!
  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - January 9, 2012 10:01 a.m.

    I'm curious who got offended by this? Which Facebook page posted it and took it down? I imagine it was the Japanese site which kinda makes more sense. I think this kind of advert would be hailed as clever and witty in the US.
  • talleyXIV - January 9, 2012 7:57 p.m.

    Actually reverse. In America audiences would love it, however some silly people like moms would have fits over it. In Japan people both like it and most people don't really care. In Japan they have nudity on game shows, we are like nudity nazis compared to them.
  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - January 10, 2012 4:28 a.m.

    I may be wrong, but in my observations Japan has no problem sexualizing women, but that kinda thing never happens with guys. They still kind of have the mindset that women are objects to be attained by men lingering around. More strongly than the US anyways because dudes do get objectified here too. Not on an equal proportion to women, but a better ratio than most places.
  • ImperiousRix - January 9, 2012 8:56 a.m.

  • MidianGTX - January 9, 2012 8:40 a.m.

    The boobs ad was just plain stupid and typical (and I still maintain they look more like food than breasts), but the crotch makes the whole thing a lot more humourous. Good move. Seeing one without the other wouldn't reveal the whole joke, but stick 'em up within reasonable distance of each other and you've got an amusing satirical campaign. It's also amusing that the people complaining are inadvertently making themselves look like worthless, desperate perverts by not understanding the joke yet still drooling over Ivy's ugly, fake puppies.
  • codystovall - January 9, 2012 8:21 a.m.

    I am so offended Ill never be on again AmIRight? (highfives no one)
  • ObliqueZombie - January 9, 2012 8:03 a.m.

    Such a cheap grab at... errmm... boners? Still, the ad campaign suck as a whole, but hell, maybe they're just saying that Soul Caliber V is pushing the boundaries on video games and porn. Still, if people are going to complain about a dick shot, they don't deserve boob shots.
  • beemoh - January 9, 2012 7:59 a.m.

    "Well, he shouldn't have been so *hard on* himself." Intentional? :D On topic, though, it's hardly like the first ad received no criticism at all. The story here, IMO, isn't that people don't like pictures of cockbulges, but that Namco buckled in the way they did.

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