Soul Calibur V goes gold, set for release on Jan. 31

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Namco Bandai has announced that Soul Calibur V has gone gold for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game takes place 17 years after the previous title in the series and includes new features and characters including Ezio Auditore de Firenze from the Assassin’s Creed series. In addition to the standard edition of the game, fans can upgrade to the collector's edition that includes a soundtrack CD, making-of video, hardcover art book, and Dark and White Knight downloadable armor sets for use in the character creation mode. It is packaged in a faux leather-bound book that mimics the one found in the actual game.
The assortment of pre-order offers can be found after the break with details for each retailer. Soul Calibur V will be available on January 31 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Legendary Fighting Game Series to Release in January 2012
SAN JOSE, Calif., (Jan. 4, 2012) – Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announced that SOULCALIBUR® V  has been released to manufacture for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, releasing in North America on January 31, 2012. Set 17 years after its predecessor, SOULCALIBUR V comes loaded with new game features and fan favorite guest character Ezio Auditore de Firenze from Ubisoft’s multi-million unit selling franchise, Assassin’s Creed™.
Alongside the standard retail edition, a special Collector’s Edition of SOULCALIBUR V will also be available at launch 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. The Collector’s Edition comes packaged in a faux leather-bound book replica of the one featured prominently within SOULCALIBUR V.
“Fighting game fans have been itching to get their hands on SOULCALIBUR V to begin mastering classic characters and new heroes alike,” said Carlson Choi, Vice President of Marketing, NAMCO BANDAI Games America.  “We are excited to see what top players and newcomers discover with the new Brave Edge and Critical Edge systems which are bound to create dynamic and exhilarating battles.”
Developed by the Project Soul™ team at NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. in Japan, 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 becomes entwined with the Soul swords. With improved character customization and new gameplay features including the Brave Edge and Critical Edge systems, plus the dangerous presence of master assassin Ezio Auditore de Firenze, SOULCALIBUR V will be the must-have fighting game of 2012.
NAMCO BANDAI Games America will also be working with selected retail partners for special pre-order items for both U.S. and Canadian residents.
GameStop® and EB Games™ Canada
  • Exclusively at GameStop and EB Games Canada, pre-order any version of SOULCALIBUR V now to receive a free Ivy Valentine Bobble Budd™ figure – while supplies last*.
Best Buy®
  • Exclusively at Best Buy U.S. and Canada locations, pre-order any copy of SOULCALIBUR V to receive a free exclusive character download code to play as Dampierre – while supplies last*.
  • Select 24 hour Walmart U.S. locations will hold a special “Fastest Way to Play” event and midnight launch for SOULCALIBUR V.  Fans purchasing the game at any 24 hour Walmart U.S. location will also receive an exclusive limited edition laser art-cell while supplies last.
Future Shop®
  • Exclusively at Future Shop locations across Canada pre-order any version of SOULCALIBUR V now to receive an exclusive limited edition laser art-cell while supplies last.
SOULCALIBUR V will be available throughout North America on January 31, 2012.  For more information about SOULCALIBUR V, please visit: http://www.namcobandaigames.com, http://www.soulcalibur.com, and http://www.facebook.com/soulcalibur.
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.
For more information on Assassin’s Creed, please visit: www.assassinscreed.com and www.facebook.com/assassinscreed.
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