Soulcalibur V
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Bandai Namco has announced that it will be delisting the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Soulcalibur V on 19th June 2023 (thanks, Eurogamer). The base game and its DLC will no longer be available for purchase beyond this date.

Released over a decade ago in 2012, Soulcalibur V was the second title in the series to launch on HD consoles, following 2008's SoulCalibur IV.

While it gained positive reviews from some outlets, many bemoaned the lack of fan-favourite characters such as Sophitia, Talim, Cassandra, Xianghua, Taki, and Seong Mi-na, and the game's story mode came in for criticism, too. It sold 1.38 million units worldwide, making it something of a commercial disappointment when compared to its direct predecessor.

SoulCalibur VI – released on PS4, Xbox One and PC in 2018 – was seen as a return to form when compared to its forerunner and would eventually sell over two million copies worldwide.

Soulcalibur has been dormant since the sixth game arrived, although there were recently rumours that some kind of collection was in the works. The franchise began life as Soul Edge / Soul Blade before changing its name to Soulcalibur, which would famously see release on the Sega Dreamcast.

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