Soul Calibur was one of my absolute favorite games to play way back on my Dreamcast, although I have to admit that I never continued to follow the series onto newer platforms. Perhaps that will change with Namco Bandai's release of Soul Calibur V on the Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2012.
"The SoulCalibur series continues to be one of Namco Bandai Games' most cherished franchises," said Carlson Choi, vice president of marketing Namco Bandai Games America. "SoulCalibur V will continue to advance the series' legacy of white-knuckled weapon-based combat, gorgeous graphics and groundbreaking features that will amaze newcomers and long-time fans alike."
SoulCalibur V will pick up 17 years after the events of SoulCalibur IV with some returning warriors and new heroes, including the central character, Patroklos, the hot son of Sophitia. (And after all the guys got to drool over her for so long, it's nice to have our own turn!) Details on gameplay are sparse this early in the game, but Namco Bandai is promising expanded online and character creation modes, and obviously it'll have super-pretty next-gen graphics. I'm just assuming, as I haven't seen any actual gameplay screenshots... You'll just have to enjoy the Patroklos concept art for now!