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And Ezio joins the ranks of Darth Vader, and Yoda

Posted by: Nathaniel at 10/21/2011 12:47 PM
Namco Bandai seems to get a kick out of filling out the roster for their newest SOULCALIBUR game with random characters from other mediums, and game genres, and SOULCALIBUR V is no different.  None other than Ubisoft's brooding Italian assassin, Ezio Auditore di Firenze will appear as a guest character in SOULCALIBUR V.  Ezio is, or course, the star of Assassin's Creed II, AC: Brotherhood, and the upcoming (on Nov 15th) Assassin's Creed: Revelations.  In SOULCALIBUR V, he'll fight with a Roman longsword, stiletto, crossbow, hidden gun, and his hidden assassin's blade.  For more information, and a whole lotta links, follow the jump.  SOULCALIBUR V comes out on January 31st, 2012.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NAMCO BANDAI GAMES ANNOUNCES SOULCALIBUR® V GUEST CHARACTER AND COLLECTOR’S EDITION BOX SET

The Order of Assassins Enters the World of SOULCALIBUR®


SAN JOSE, Calif., (October 21, 2011) – Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. and Ubisoft Entertainment today announced that Ezio Auditore from the critically acclaimed Assassin’s Creed™ series will be a playable guest character in SOULCALIBUR® V for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system. This monumental collaboration will let players control Ezio and his wide range of assassination tools including a Roman Longsword, Stiletto, Crossbow, Hidden Gun and his trademark Hidden Blade. SOULCALIBUR V delivers exhilarating 3D fighting mechanics, breathtaking visuals, and new characters, as well as expanding the online and character creation modes. SOULCALIBUR V is poised to become the preeminent fighting game experience when it launches on January 31, 2012 for North America.

“We are very excited to bring two groundbreaking and influential franchises together with SOULCALIBUR and Assassin’s Creed,” said Carlson Choi, Vice President of Marketing for NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. “Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed series has captivated millions of fans around the world with its unique locations, story and gameplay mechanics. We are proud to now have Ezio Auditore as part of the SOULCALIBUR universe.”

“SOULCALIBUR is renowned for including iconic characters and we’re happy to see history’s most famous master assassin Ezio will be joining their ranks in SOULCALIBUR V,” said Tony Key, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Ubisoft. “We’re excited to partner with NAMCO BANDAI in bringing two of the industry’s biggest franchises together with Assassin’s Creed and SOULCALIBUR.”

SOULCALIBUR V will ship with a Collector’s Edition which includes a music CD, making-of video content, hardcover art book and the Dark Knight and White Knight downloadable armor sets for Character Creation Mode.

Developed by the legendary Project Soul™ team, SOULCALIBUR V picks up 17 years after the events of SOULCALIBUR®IV with new heroes and returning warriors clashing in an epic showdown between good and evil. The tale of Patroklos, son of Sophitia Alexandra, unfolds as his family’s destiny intertwines with the Soul swords. With the series’ revolutionary 8-way run, allowing for true 3D movement during matches, refined battle systems, and stunning graphics, SOULCALIBUR V will be the top game of 2012 for anyone looking for a knock-down, drag-out fight.

For more information about SOULCALIBUR V, please visit: http://www.namcobandaigames.com, http://www.soulcalibur.com, and http://www.facebook.com/soulcalibur

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About NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., part of NAMCO BANDAI Holdings Inc., is a leading global publisher and developer of interactive content — including all major video game consoles, iOS, mobile and online. The company is known for creating and publishing many of the industry’s top video game franchises, including PAC-MAN®, TEKKEN®, SOULCALIBUR®, NARUTO™, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™, Dragon Ball®, GALAGA®, RIDGE RACER® and ACE COMBAT®. More information about the company and its products can be found at www.namcobandaigames.com or www.facebook.com/namco.
About Ubisoft

Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and diversified line-up of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 26 countries and has sales in more than 55 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. For the 2010-11 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of € 1.039 billion. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.
About Assassin’s Creed
Initially launched in 2007, the first three Assassin’s Creed® games have sold more than 30 million units worldwide, and the franchise is now established as one of the best-selling series on next-generation consoles. Recognized for having some of the richest, most engrossing storytelling in the industry, Assassin’s Creed has transcended video games, branching out into other entertainment experiences including comic books, Facebook games, novels, short films and more.
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