Nier: Automata's android heroine 2B will be part of the Soul Calibur 6 season pass, Bandai Namco announced today. No word on when exactly she'll arrive, but considering this reveal trailer, her development must be fairly far along:
The Soul Calibur games have a history of guest characters like 2B - fighters pulled from other universes and tweaked to fit the weapons-based fighting gameplay the series is known for. Soul Calibur 2 had Link, Heihachi Mishima, and Spawn (depending on your console of choice), Soul Calibur 4 had Darth Vader, Yoda, and The Apprentice from Star Wars, Soul Calibur 5 starred Ezio Auditore from Assassin's Creed, and of course Soul Calibur 6 prominently features Geralt of Rivia from The Witcher games.
What makes this particular situation kind of funny (in an ironic way) is that 2B was already one of the most prominent characters adapted by players using Soul Calibur 6's create-a-character mode. Just go to r/SoulCaliburCreations and search "2B" to see what I mean. So I wonder: will the players who already made a custom version of 2B feel elated that a character they clearly have a fondness for is now official, or will they be disappointed that their efforts are essentially moot?
The Soul Calibur 6 season pass is $29.99, and along with 2B, includes returning fighter Tira, two more as-of-yet unannounced fighters, and two armor packs. 2B is also bringing with her a unique stage, alternate costume, weapons, create-a-character parts and stickers, and background music inspired by Nier: Automata's award-winning score.
Still haven't checked out Nier: Automata? For an action-RPG starring a lolita dress-wearing android, it's surprisingly touching. Why not read our interview with Nier: Automata director Yoko Taro and see if you feel inspired to give it a try?