Though the big take away from our most recent time with Soulcalibur V was the addition of Assassin's Creed's Ezio to the roster, Namco Bandai also dropped tons of other knowledge bombs on the audience that night, with much said about the game’s launch. The blade-based fighter is coming out January 31 of next year in the US and February 3 in Europe, and like most games these days SCV is getting both a special edition package and a preorder bonus. But just what’s included in these deals?

As we’re currently in the fall game release apocalypse, the early 2012 release date should give us some breathing room to actually enjoy the fighter. If you choose to step up and get the limited version of Soulcalibur V for a currently unnamed price, you’ll end up with an original art book, a CD soundtrack and a special case to hold the game. Additionally, you get special digital download of white and dark knight armor you can use on created characters.

On top of all that, Namco Bandai revealed a special preorder incentive for the game that increases the fighter roster by one, as Soulcalibur’s strangest character after Voldo returns. Lord Geo Dampierre, the cartoonish, self-proclaimed greatest assassin of all time (last seen in PSP-exclusive Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny) will be a playable character should you preorder Soulcalibur V from some yet to be named retailers. We’d bet that eventually he’ll be available as a paid downloadable just as the Star Wars guys were for Soulcalibur IV, but until we know more, take a look at Dampierre in the first trailer and screens of him throwing down in SCV.

Oct 21, 2011


  • Ravenbom - October 22, 2011 10 a.m.

    I really like that book box case
  • garnsr - October 21, 2011 4:37 p.m.

    I still don't understand why the preorder stuff needs to be unavailable for so long before we can just pay for it. It always comes out long after everyone's finished playing, why can't you just pay for it from the get-go, or shortly thereafter, if you didn't preorder? The stores still get their numbers for preorders.
  • ThatGamerDude - October 21, 2011 3:48 p.m.

    Hell yeah! Can't wait for that character customization. I heard it's more in depth than SCIV which makes me very happy. Oh yea gotta get them pre-order bonuses as well!
  • IceBlueKirby - October 21, 2011 1:22 p.m.

    I'll still check this out, but I hope it has a more engaging single-player mode. The Tower of Souls or whatever from SC4 didn't do much for me. I'd personally like to see another Chronicles of the Sword mode, but I'll take anything that's even remotely similar to either SC2 or SC3's single player modes.
  • taokaka - October 21, 2011 5:10 p.m.

    +1 This was exactly what I was thinking, I probably spent more time on chronicle of the sword than I did fighting in Soulcalibur 3.
  • Ultimadrago - October 21, 2011 12:22 p.m.

    Yes Namco.YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES. Not sure if I'll preorder for him, but I would purchase him as DLC later on.
  • EHyundai - October 21, 2011 11:55 a.m.

    Ezio is a perfect fit. Its like kratos in MK
  • angelusdlion - October 21, 2011 11:03 a.m.

    what.. tee.. eff?

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