Soulcalibur: Lost Swords is a new, free-to-play, PS3 game

Namco Bandai has confirmed that the next Soulcalibur game, called Lost Swords, is going free-to-play. It'll be available exclusively on PSN, so Xbox 360, Wii U and PC owners will miss out. We can expect more details on release date and actual game content at Tokyo Game Show in a couple of weeks.

For now, we know that it will be coming to Europe and North America, it's single-player only, and that it'll feature Seigfried, Mitsurugi and a bunch of other well-known characters from the series. Single-player only? Yes, it seems odd cutting the multiplayer out of a fighting game... We expect the majority of the solo-play action will be based on one of the classic Weapon Master or Chronicles of the Sword modes from previous incarnations.

This continues a trend from Namco Bandai, as it continues to release many of its well known franchises as free-to-play games. Tekken Revolution, Ridge Racer Driftopia and Ace Combat Infinity are three other big-name Namco games that have gone free-to-play.

We're expecting first screenshots of Soulcalibur: Lost Swords soon. No release date has been given.


  • GOD - September 11, 2013 5:32 p.m.

    I have a feeling it won't be standard Soul Caliber gameplay and so that will explain the single player only. If they're cutting out the multiplayer though I wonder what we'll be paying for?
  • Child Of Death - September 11, 2013 11:40 a.m.

    No multiplayer in a fighting game? Lost interest.
  • soakrates - September 11, 2013 10:25 a.m.

    Why remove multiplayer entirely? I could understand if this is going to be some kind of action game, but no one's being forced to play versus mode, and getting rid of it is a giant middle finger to the people who enjoy playing SoulCalibur competitively. I really hope this isn't true.
  • BladedFalcon - September 11, 2013 9:43 a.m.

    Free to play AND single Player focused? Well, you have my full attention, Namco :3
  • Sliet - September 11, 2013 9:22 a.m.

    Even if it's free, no multiplayer sounds suicidal.
  • nai1210 - September 11, 2013 5:36 a.m.

    Wonder if it will be more along the lines of the wii soul calibur game that came out a while back with it being single player,I'm really sceptical with free to play models if you want extra characters or weapons you will be able to buy them in game which equates to 100 quid by the time you have purchased everything making it a damn expensive game,although i should hold judgment has i believe for xbox one killer instinct you buy the full game with all characters as a kind of season pass for 35 quid so i think i'll wait and see how this soul calibur pans out but i'll certainly be cautious when buying any namco "free to play" titles if i ever do just dont like the whole free to play model.You say free to play I hear microtransactions for everything to allow you to play the game the way it is intended to be played.
  • TurkeyOnRye - September 11, 2013 5 a.m.

    Sounds like Sony's answer to the XBone's Killer Instinct...
  • rainn'sgaydar - September 11, 2013 4:25 a.m.

    This is at least intriguing. Sucking at fighting games like I do, a single-player only fighter has potential to offer something new to someone like me. Still weird though.

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