Soulcalibur V announced, new size of Ivy's boobs currently unconfirmed. More franchise crossovers very confirmed

So, Namco Bandai has just announced Ivy's Boobs: Part 5 (Oh come on, you know the main point of interest in the Soulcalibur series these days is watching in transfixed horror to see how much worse it mangles and caricatures the female form with every intallment). Previously rumoured, the official reveal came this morning at an event in Dubai. Matt came into work late today. He claimed he had a dentist appointment, but he's looking pretty brown. That Soul Calibur t-shirt's new as well...

Potential editorial deception aside though, the main point is that Soulcalibur V is happening. There will be more details at E3, but we have a smattering of appetisers for you right now (both good and potentially bad), and a shakycam of the trailer from this morning's event, in lieu of a better quality version probably arriving later today. So read on, damn you!

Above: Is it just me, or does that intro voice-over announcer sound a bit like Dick Van Dyke?

The new game is set 17 years after Soulcalibur IV, and has a new protagonist, Patroklos. He's a youngish chap, and the son of Sophitia. Namco Bandai have promised upgrades and tweaks to the combat system, a better character editor, and a bunch of new features "to make battles more exciting". Here's hoping those new features are something better than the inconsequential Critical Finishers from Soulcalibur IV, and that making battles more exciting goes a bit deeper than just making the female characters' clothes more likely to fall off.

Actually, what am I saying? This is Soulcalibur. Female characters' clothes falling off is probably going to be a big-ass deal whatever else happens. But let's have something more interesting than destructible clothing and even bigger boobs this time too, eh Namco? How anatomically implausible are you planning on making Ivy this time around, anyway?

Other details? Oh yeah, our compatriots at CVG have found out that there are going to be more franchise crossover characters. Because everyone loved the Star Wars stuff in SCIV, right?

So, are you a SC fan in a tizzy of pant-wetting excitement over this? Or have you not cared since they stopped putting Link in it? And which non-Namco media franchise are you hoping will be shoehorned in? Or not, as the case may well be. As ever, place your views in the comment receptacle below, and someone will be along to attend to them shortly.

May 11, 2011