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.
Ubisoft officially confirmed Assassin’s Creed Revelations. The third and final chapter of the Ezio Trilogy storyline is being developed and led by Ubisoft Montreal. “Assassin’s Creed Revelations presents the most immersive experience available in the series to date and the culmination of Ezio’s adventure.”
Of course, AC:R will be available to PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 platforms and will launching this November (15th is my guess). According to Ubi, the game features master assassin Ezio Auditore as he “walks in the footsteps of his legendary mentor, Altaïr, on a journey of discovery and revelation. It is a perilous path – one that will take Ezio to Constantinople, the heart of the Ottoman Empire, where a growing army of Templars threatens to destabilize the region.”