In an interview with DualShockers during Gamescom, SoulCalibur VI producer, Motohiro Okubo, admitted that the iconic fighting series is in a fragile state and that if sales don’t go well, it could very well be the last in the series.
SoulCalibur VI marks a return to the Souls series after six years. And Okubo – speaking via a translator, noted that selling a return to the game was a fairly difficult task, telling Dual Shocker’s Giuseppe Nelva that the “franchise had low expectations from the company. It was actually facing a crisis of maybe disappearing. It took time for me to convince the company.”
Okubo was surprisingly pragmatic in his interview, admitting that he’s relying on fans of the game returning to save the franchise, saying that, “[we] don’t want to blackmail the users by saying that it could be the last one, but as it is, yes.”
It’s a gamble that’s seen the team relying on old habits to help get a bit more attention for the game, with the return of guest characters. Whilst it was Star Wars characters in previous games, SoulCalibur VI sees Geralt of Rivia – CDProjekt red’s hero of the Witcher series entering the battle.
SoulCalibur VI arrives on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 21 and if you’d like to see what’s new for the game, why not take a look at the four new things we saw when playing the game?
What do you think? Will SoulCalibur make it through this rough patch or are fighting games in general not long for this world? Let us know what you think in the comments below!