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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.

Andy has been writing about games since 1999, and worked in print mags for over 10 years before switching to the murky world of online.