Assassin’s Creed fans who just can’t get enough of sneaky hooded killers have now got another avenue in which to explore their silent urges. Ubisoft and Namco Bandai have joined forces to announce that Ezio Auditore, the star of the Assassin’s Creed 2 series will be making an appearance as a playable guest character in Soulcalibur V for both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Learning from the mess of the Star Wars-themed tie-in from the previous game, Namco Bandai has given both platforms the same content – and they’ve gone for one of the more popular gaming characters around today.
Geoffroy Sardin, EMEA Chief Marketing and Sales Officer at Ubisoft explains:
We are thrilled to see Ezio enter the world of Soulcalibur, as we believe the values of both brands fit together. We think that this partnership will bring a great new gameplay experience to both Soulcalibur and Assassin’s Creed fans.
Ezio will have his full complement of assassination tools literally at his fingertips – expect Stilettos, Crossbows, the Roman Longsword, a hidden gun, and – of course – the trademark Hidden Blade.
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Plus, of course, 3D fighting mechanics, jaw-dropping visuals and even more new characters thrown in as well as some expanded online and character creation modes – there’s something for everyone… and if you don’t find what you like, just make it yourself!
Olivier Compte, Senior Vice President at NAMCO BANDAI Partners is also pleased:
The entrance of Assassin’s Creed into the Soulcalibur universe is an historic meeting of two of the most revered and influential game series. Ezio has captured the imaginations of millions of fans around the world, and it will be very exciting to see how his lightning fast moves stand up to the mighty swordplay of Soulcalibur’s finest.
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There is, of course, a fabulous Collector’s Edition of the game headed our way: High-quality art book, soundtrack CD, making-of DVD, DLC cards for extra armour sets, original artwork and a letter signed by the Project Soul team – all packed into a specially-designed “book” box.
So. What are you waiting for? The game’s due out in February 2012, with Ezio in tow – and pre-orders are open at most good gaming retailers.