Some months back, just before the announcement of Tekken x Street Fighter, Katsuhiro Harada, big boss of Namco’s fighting games development, let slip on his twitter that he was interested in a new Soulcalibur game. While fans soon learned that the secret announcement was just the rumoured Tekken and Street Fighter, and not the even more vaguely rumoured Soulcalibur 5 with Kingdom Hearts characters, the Soulcalibur community decided to rally, and after holding a few successful major tournaments to prove that there was still interest from high-level players, they also started a petition on Facebook.
While the petition did well, and Harada continued to tease, with pics of him showing off the petition to his directors, and former lead programmers praying for a new game, it wasn’t until just before Christmas that anything new surfaced, when Namco community manager FilthieRich tweeted:
“Looking and waiting for something special?
Make sure to continue following and tell your friends to stay tuned ….“
The next day Harada tweeted a followup:
“Sorry guys I’m so busy now.
However, I want to show you something within the course of a few days…“
At this point it was easy to assume another Tekken announcement. Tekken 6 for the iphone? New TTT2 characters?
But they’d just released new TTT2 footage. So Tekken x Street Fighter?
On the 24th Harada made another tweet:
“Thanks for tons of comment !! OK next !!
I have something new to tweet about tomorrow night. so get ready!
(Not a footage. But important)“
And 17 hours later, while everyone was quietly enjoying their holidays, Harada finally tweeted the news that all Soulcalibur fans had been waiting to hear:
The game had finally been announced, and we had our new Soulcalibur director (no word on the fate of Project Soul). Daishi Odashima, a former player who had worked on Soulcalibur 3, Soulcalibur 4, and Broken Destiny.
What follows will be a running tab of any news on the new game, mostly gathered from Daishi’s twitter posts.
That, and a lot of vague speculations.