At some sort of gaming press conference in Dubai (huh?), developer Namco Bandai announced Soul Calibur V, and dubbed it a “true sequel”, whatever that meant.  The game will take place nearly 17 years after the events of SC IV and will mark the return of certain favorite characters along with some newer ones.

Who will return?

Who will return?

Here’s a quick lowdown from the official press release:

The tale of Patroklos, son of Sophitia Alexandra, unfolds as his family's destiny intertwines with the Soul swords. With the series revolutionary 8-way run, allowing for true 3D movement during matches, a refined battle system, and stunning graphics, Soul Calibur V will be the top game of 2012 for anyone looking for a knock-down, drag-out fight.

The game is expected to release sometime in 2012 and fans of the series can look forward to a full-fledged reveal at E3 2011.

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