As suspected, the iconic Star Wars characters will each appear exclusively in different versions of the game. The Sith Lord Darth Vader will appear as a guest character in the PlayStation 3 (PS3) version of Soulcalibur IV, and Jedi Master Yoda will be on the Xbox 360 version of the next-gen fighting game, set to be released in the summer of 2008.
"It is quite rare that two publishers of this caliber are able to collaborate on this level to create a top notch entertainment experience for next-generation platforms." said Makoto Iwai, executive vice president and COO at NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. in a press release. "In the entertainment industry, LucasArts possesses some of the most recognizable characters and franchises in the world. We’re thrilled to integrate their historic characters into one of our most treasured brands"
"We’re very excited to work with NAMCO BANDAI and be a part of their efforts to take Soulcalibur to the next level," said Kevin Kurtz, director of marketing at LucasArts. "Adding our iconic Star Wars characters to NAMCO BANDAI’s great game franchise is a match made in heaven, and we think Darth Vader and Yoda will be formidable opponents in the game."
According to the publisher, the game continues the tale of Soulcalibur: "In Soulcalibur IV, the epic struggle between the spirit sword, Soul Calibur, and the cursed sword, Soul Edge, continues with revelations about this ongoing story as fighters from across the galaxy seek the powerful swords for their own goals and to face the ultimate judgment. Propelling the franchise into the next-generation, Soulcalibur IV flexes its graphical muscles to shows its visual brilliance with a new look for both allies and enemies."
Soulcalibur IV will be playable in high-definition and is set to show off an entirely new battle system. SCIV will also feature an expanded customization mode, allowing players to personalize a character to look and perform as they desire. Gamers can also, for the first time, take these customized fighters, or the original ones, online to compete head to head with other Soulcalibur IV players.
Now if they could only figure out a way for the PS3 and Xbox 360 to play together online, we'd finally know who the real master was. Well, at least we get to see how the light saber holds up against the Soul Edge.