The spinoff from the famous fighting franchise will be going offline later this year, as SoulCalibur: Lost Swords and PlayStation 3 part ways, but quite possibly to make room for the newer, improved and better game.
The SoulCalibur franchise is a 3D fighting game, that adds a slight twist to the usual kick and punch by focusing the majority of its attention on weapons and an unique eight-way movement system that allows players better mobility around the arena.
It has paved a way for a highly successful series, the last of which, SoulCalibur 5, was released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2012. It is one of the most critically acclaimed fighting games of all time, ranking up there with Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter or Tekken.
However, Bandai Namco Entertainment is officially pulling the plug on one of their games for Sony’s last generation console, in spite of releasing just last year, in 2014. Its service will end, the market will close, and the commonly single player videogame will be going offline.
The events, updates, new characters and enemies will stop being added, so players may feel free to take advantage of the few months they have left in their company.
The spinoff will be done with, and on November 30th, at 3AM ET, it will finally go offline. On September 30th, Bandai Namco will cease selling in-game consumable items, such as AP potions or Continue Tickets, and advancing forward to October 27th, it will stop selling in-game items altogether.
Chests, equipment boxes, accessory boxes, or all other items found in the in-game store will no longer be accessible to the 2 million players who have downloaded the fighting videogame since its release. It doesn’t mean that it’s all over though.
In a video announcement by Bandai Namco, the words “Long live SoulCalibur”, along with “The warriors may fade, but their souls will ignite again” has led to numerous assumptions that the developer is teasing fans about an upcoming installment. And it could be well overdue.
According to the developer, they’re working on something big, and have conducted a couple of polls to determine their fanbase’s favorite characters. That could mean they’re attempting to understand which characters to introduce into their next game, similar to how Street Fighter V did for their latest character, R. Mika.
It would be about time for a new game, one that will possibly use the advanced hardware and improved features of next-gen consoles. A SoulCalibur game made for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One could be coming, and hopefully for fans of the saga, an official announcement will be made soon.