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Namco Bandai Games presented a story trailer and a new trailer for its Soul Calibur V game, as well as a trailer for the iOS version of the first Soul Calibur game, during an early demo session for the press in Tokyo on Saturday. In addition to the trailers, the company confirmed several details about both games.
Soul Calibur V will have an online mode called Player Match, in which up to six players can join customized battle rooms online. While some players are fighting each other, the others can watch the bout and chat with each other via text.
There will also be a Global Coliseum section with "lobby" areas for different regions in the world. There, many players can interact and invite each other to fighting matches. Players can also create their own smaller "lobby" areas called "lounges" in the Global Coliseum. Twice a month, a "Ranking Battle" tournament will be organized in the Global Coliseum.
Soul Calibur V will ship for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles in Japan on February 2.
Soul Calibur for iOS devices (such as the iPhone 4 and iPad 2) will be released on January 19 at a price to be announced later. Namco Bandai claims that this version will have graphics at least comparable to the original 1999 Dreamcast version of Soul Calibur.
Namco Bandai also promises that the virtual pad controls on the touch screen will better recreate traditional controls. The game will have Game Center support with high scores listed on the Leaderboard; six modes (arcade battle, time attack, survival, extra survival, practice, museum); and 19 playable characters, including Kilik, Xianghua, Maxi, Mitsurugi, Taki, Voldo, Sophitia, Nightmare, Astaroth, Ivy, Hwang, Yoshimitsu, Lizardman, Siegfried, Rock, Seong Mi-na, Cervantes, and Edge Master.
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