Namco nukes Dubai: Soul Calibur 5 announced for 2012

Tuesday, 10th May 2011 19:40 GMT By Staff

Namco Bandai’s Level Up press event has wrapped up at the Madinat conference center in Dubai, with the big news being Soul Calibur 5′s announcement for a 2012 release.

Namco’s Dubai event – highlights

Soul Calibur V announced for 2012. It’s a continuation of the SCIV storyline and features Patroklos, Sophitia’s son, as lead.

Dark Souls out October. Pre-order content for both 360 and PS3 confirmed. New trailer here.

Ace Combat: Assault Rising out October 11 in the US, October 14 in Europe.

Tales of Graces F will launch on PS3 in Europe and the US next year. Tales of the Abyss on 3DS this year.

New, untitled Dragon Ball announced for PS3 and 360, but no details were given.

Bodycount launching this summer.

The press conference began with a showreel of what’s to come from the company, before NBGP Europe VP Oliver Comte came to the stage. He said Dubai was picked as the location for today’s event because it’s the setting of Ace Combat: Assault Rising.

A new trailer on Ridge Racer: Unbounded was shown, as was a new look at Inversion. That’s out on February 7 in the US and February 10, 2012 elsewhere.

Namco touched upon its distribution deal with Codemasters in a number of regions, reiterating September dates for F1 2011 and confirming a summer launch for FPS Bodycount. A new trailer was shown.

Then the first of the big guns: Dark Souls. Namco confirmed an early October launch for the west, with “excellent” pre-order content to come for the game for PS3 and 360.

A new trailer was then shown to attendees. You can watch it here. A collector’s edition will be coming, and there’ll be more on that soon.

Team ACES producer Kazutoki Kono came out to talk about Ace Combat: Assault Rising, before airing a new trailer.

The air-based shooter’s now confirmed for an October 11 launch in the US, and will follow on October 14 in Europe. Pre-orders are now open, with those who do take the plunge getting a limited edition soundtrack.

Ace Combat was confirmed to be in development for 3DS. No more details was given on that, though.

Tekken, Soul Calibur

The firm then moved onto Tekken. Project lead Katsuhiro Harada appeared to confirm first details on Tekken: Blood Vengeance, a CG animation. We’re all being encouraged to forget about the Hollywood movie, apparently. Vengeance will launch in theatres this summer in full 3D. You can watch a trailer of it below.

The news so many RPG fans have been waiting for was confirmed: Tales of Graces F will launch on PS3 in Europe and the US next year, with Tales of the Abyss hitting 3DS this year.

An off-screen vid of the Soul Calibur 5 trailer
from Dubai (Via Kotaku).

Next, we moved onto Naruto: Ultimate Ninja for PSP. That’ll launch in September. A new trailer aired. We then got our first look at a new Dragonball title coming to PS3 and 360, but it remains untitled.

Then the main event: Soul Calibur 5 was announced, with producer Hisaharu Tago from Project Soul arriving on stage with a sword to formally announce the fighter. A new trailer was shown to attendees, but first details are that it takes place 17 years after SCIV, the battle system is improved and that new features have been included. The game’s main character is called Patroclus.

It’s out in 2012.

Namco’s promised us there are going to be some proper announcements here, so don’t blink. Daishi Odashima has already said he’ll “hopefully” be releasing the first info on the new Soul Calibur game sometime in May, so this could well be it.

Press sessions are now running for the entire day.

Check out more on Namco’s upcoming slate here.




    Should I be excited?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. loveaya

    I’m waiting for Ridge Racer 8~

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Amir Hossein

    I’m more interested in seeing an announcement for Tekken Tag 2 on consoles than a new Soul Calibur.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. mingtons ghost

    1 day left until the (most probably) Soul Calibur teaser site countdown finisheses countingdowning

    6pm BST i think

    #4 4 years ago
  5. xino

    i hope they don’t announce SC5:/

    I mean all these things are for EEE3 2011 man!

    if they announce it all, wtf would we have for anticipation surprise excitement during E3?

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Suikoden Fan

    Lee has been strongly hinting at a few europe announcements mainly

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Johnny Cullen

    @3 Harada’s in Dubai, so he’ll make some sort of announcement there. But I don’t know if it’s TTT2 on consoles, though (I hope so, though).

    #7 4 years ago
  8. rrw


    - Ace Combat: Assault Horizon
    - Dark Souls
    - Ridge Racer: Unbounded
    - Tekken Tag Tournament 2
    - New Soul Calibur
    - New Dragon Ball
    - Tales of the Abyss & Tales of Graces f
    - Inversion
    - The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
    - Earth Defense Force Insect Armageddon
    - Armored Core V
    - Tekken vs Street Fighter

    #8 4 years ago
  9. khalid151

    I was with Katsuhiro yesterday, he wouldnt budge about the “something” lol anyway the live blog will be here right?

    WooT cant wait =D

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Patrick Garratt

    Liveblog’s started now.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Dinozsc

    Soul Calibur 5 please

    #11 4 years ago
  12. diego thuder

    vai tomar no cú

    #12 4 years ago
  13. diego thuder

    noitora e steam vai se fuder

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Goffee

    Anyone else find it silly that publishers can’t even say “coming to unnamed portable console” or “available for forthcoming console product” because this leaves a bunch of stuff hanging until e3, that a company can’t mention at its own (very expensive) event?

    #14 4 years ago
  15. mingtons ghost

    shaky cam sc trailer apparently….but i can’t connect to it at the moment

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Patrick Garratt

    Video’s been added there.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. mingtons ghost

    wicked, thanks Pat… trailer dosen’t really show anything

    hopefully there’s more info/screenshot on the site when it guess live later today

    #17 4 years ago
  18. xino

    Finally! A proper CG animation movie to look forward to!
    I like Tekken Motion Picture anime movie.
    I really like Tekken but the last Tekken game I played was tekken 3 man. I just don’t feel the urge to get into it even though I’m excited for the movie. At least this movie looks better than Degeneration:/

    Soul Calibur 5 looks like it will use the same graphics engine from SC4.

    Men I wish they announced Soul Calibur 5 at EEE3 2011 man. What games are we going to look forward to, to be announced?
    Nintendo might just win this year’s EEE3 again just like how they did last year:/

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Freek

    Lets not forget that this is from the same people that brought you Resident Evil Degeneration, wich was even worse then the live action movies!

    #19 4 years ago

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