The SoulCalibur franchise has been dormant for a long time, with six years passing between the latest mainline title, SoulCalibur V, and the upcoming release of SoulCalibur VI.
At Gamescom 2018 DualShockers talked with Producer Motohiro Okubo, who was quite frank in explaining through a translator that the brand was in dire straits when asked why it took so long.
“The first thing is that the IP itself of the SoulCalibur franchise had low expectations from the company. It was actually facing a crisis of maybe disappearing. It took time for me to convince the company.”
We asked Okubo-san whether this could be the last SoulCalibur in the worst-case scenario that VI doesn’t do well, and his answer was quite clear-cut.
“Yeah, that’s right.”
At that, I mentioned that we’d better buy the game, and Okubo-san switched to English bypassing the translator, explaining that he hopes so, but he isn’t trying to push players to purchase the game.
“We don’t want to blackmail the users by saying that it could be the last one, but as it is, yes.”
Later in the interview, I asked whether the development team had any doubt in retaining the level of fanservice that was included in previous games, and that has apparently been fully preserved in SoulCalibur VI. Okubo-san mentioned that the crisis the brand is facing played a role in that as well. The development team decided to stick with what they wanted to do since they have nothing to lose.
“Since the SoulCalibur brand is facing a crisis, we have nothing to lose, so we just decided to do what we want to do.”
That being said, he also explained that they didn’t go out of their way to design sexy characters.
“However, it’s not like we’re trying to make the characters sexy. When we decide on the costumes, we always think about how best they can represent the characters. Sometimes there may be less fabric and as a result, the character may be sexier, but we’re not trying to make the game focused on sexy characters.”
Looks like it’s time for the fans of the franchise to support it. I know I will.
If you want to see more, you can check out the reveal of Tira, and the Libra of Soul story mode, that lets you create your own fighter.
SoulCalibur VI will release for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 19th, 2018. You can already pre-order the game on Amazon.
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