Gamers know that the San Diego Comic Con isn’t just about comics and general geekry anymore. Video games get lots of love too, and each year there are bound to be announcements. This year, Soulcalibur II HD Online was one of them. Namco Bandai has decided that PS3 and Xbox 360 owners need to spend the 10th anniversary of Soulcalibur II playing the game, again. (Sorry Wii U owners!)
Yes, Soulcalibur II is 10 years old this year. It originally came out in 2003. I bet you all feel old now, don’t you? Welcome to my world! Now you know how I feel, any time I see a new Virtual Console game appear on the 3DS or Wii U and remember how old I was when it first came out.
But enough about age, this is about Soulcalibur. Soulcalibur II HD Online is going to be a PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Arcade exclusive. It’ll pretty up the original game, with an HD remaster, and also add in online multiplayer. As for version-exclusive characters, Tekken‘s Heihachi will definitely remain in the game and Link is definitely out. Spawn’s return is up in the air, so we’ll have to wait until the game’s Fall 2013 release date draws nearer to learn if he’ll remain in the game. Aside from Link and maybe Spawn not showing up to the party, the game will otherwise be identical to the PS2 and Xbox versions.
Personally, I think Soulcalibur II HD Online is more than just Namco Bandai going for an easy way to cash in on one of the best installments in the series. I think this is a means of biding time and keeping Soulcalibur in the minds of gamers while Project Soul works on the next installment in the series.
After all, Soulcalibur II HD Online wasn’t the only Soulcalibur announcement from SDCC 2013. The same panel also revealed that Masaki Hoshino, lead programmer for the Soulcalibur series, is now its producer. The one-two punch of a new lead and an HD reboot seem like a good hint that something bigger and better is coming. Let’s hope my hunch is right and that Soulcalibur VI is in development for the PS4 and Xbox One.