The creators of Soulcalibur V believe their game is “tougher than anything that has gone before it”. To celebrate that fact, they have carved two characters into a Swedish mountain, where they will remain “until the end of time”.
It’s not quite Mount Rushmore, but sword-fighting Pyrrha and katana-wielding Mitsurugi have both been immortalised in a granite face on the mountain, near Tanum, Sweden.
Lee Kirton, marketing director at Namco Bandai explains:
Everyone knows the Soulcalibur characters are among the hardest fighters in gaming – so we’ve decided to immortalise them in granite for thousands of years.
These characters have only ever existed digitally, so it’s brilliant to record them permanently in a format which remain visible until the end of time.
The artwork was executed by Master Stone Engraver Göran Andersson, the last remaining stone engraver on the Swedish west coast. Previous clients include movie star Ingrid Berman and the kings of both Norway and Sweden, but he holds a special place for his Soulcalibur project.
This is the by far most complex and detailed engraving I have ever performed. But it was very fun to do.
If you want to find the images yourself, you’ll find them on a mountain close to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, filled with Bronze Age stone carvings. Who knows what future archaeologists think when they unveil Pyrrha and Mitsurugi in a few hundred years’ time!
Soulcalibur V launches this week for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.