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Soulcalibur IV Bringing Darth Vader Exclusively to PS3

Katsutoshi Sasaki's Avatar + Posted by Katsutoshi Sasaki on Jul 22, 2008 // Director of Soulcalibur IV, Namco Bandai Games

Hello everyone! My name is Katsutoshi Sasaki and I am the Director for Soulcalibur IV. Before I begin, I would like to express my appreciation to SCEA for giving me the opportunity to express my thoughts here on the blog and to speak directly to the readers. Now since Darth Vader is an exclusive character to the PS3, it is only fitting to discuss my thoughts on the Sith Lord. So here we go…

The reason we chose Darth Vader as a playable character is very simple: he is probably one of the most symbolic characters in the Star Wars universe and is also one of the most popular worldwide. Admittedly though, recreating Darth Vader for Soulcalibur IV was harder than I initially thought because there is not a lot of reference material as he was only in a few lightsaber fights in the movies.

It’s always very difficult to balance our own perception of how a character should fit in the Soulcalibur universe and their actual gameplay. If a guest character feels radically different than how we perceive them, a player will take it as a different character, and it’ll lead to disappointment.

In working with LucasArts, they said they are eagerly anticipating their characters to be recreated in the Soulcalibur universe. They allowed us to create Vader relatively-freely. The trial and error process to build Vader is definitely a fond memory for all the Soulcalibur IV animators and game designers.

Another challenge that we encountered was how to implement the “Force” from the Star Wars universe. If we were to use the Force in gameplay, we had to make it as an absolute power just like the movie. However, if we didn’t set any limitations on it, the game’s balance would have been completely off. Ultimately, we created a Force gauge to put a limit on using the power. However, we felt players would be frustrated if they couldn’t use the Force on an empty gauge, so we are allowing them to use the Force but it will be counted as a penalty against their character. I think it was good compromise and can be used as a tactic.

I strongly believe that we have brought Darth Vader up to a level where players will feel “This is how Darth Vader is!” while playing Soulcalibur IV. The game expresses him as a lightsaber master with intimidating power and absolute control of the Force. Our players will enjoy playing Lord Vader from the movie and we’re proud to bring them this experience.

Finally, the release date is just around the corner on July 29th. The dream battle for many fans who want to play as Vader, who want to beat him with Soulcalibur characters or who want to challenge Vader with an original customized character is about to start! Stay tuned!!

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+ nuck44 on July 22nd, 2008 at 3:42 pm said:

The Force is Strong With This One!


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+ mendezgato on July 22nd, 2008 at 3:42 pm said:

wow is almost here


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+ JordanBlack68 on July 22nd, 2008 at 3:44 pm said:

awesome


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+ Thetruefiziks on July 22nd, 2008 at 3:44 pm said:

I agree darth vader is the most symbolic and arguably the most memorable.


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+ Ice_Pick on July 22nd, 2008 at 3:45 pm said:

I heard a rumor that Kratos was also going to make an appearance. Is there any truth to this?


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+ Thetruefiziks on July 22nd, 2008 at 3:45 pm said:

However, we felt players would be frustrated if they couldn’t use the Force on an empty gauge, so we are allowing them to use the Force but it will be counted as a penalty against their character.

I think I’m a bit confused about this, elaborate.


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+ Edu on July 22nd, 2008 at 3:46 pm said:

Darth Vader > Yoda
When my friends come to my house and loose i will say “I’m your father.. ” xD


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+ ftwrthtx on July 22nd, 2008 at 3:48 pm said:

Darth Vader to the dark side!

Where else would he go?


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+ mendezgato on July 22nd, 2008 at 3:48 pm said:

1 question is there any word on the rumor that kretos is coming to the ps3 version?


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+ SnoopYTimes on July 22nd, 2008 at 3:49 pm said:

Nice. I cant wait this.
The force limit is a good feature.
In the second video Vader tortured Kilik using the force.

And the Vader throw in the first video was niiice.


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+ Jenovah on July 22nd, 2008 at 3:52 pm said:

Awesome, But yeah, I’m dying to know if that EGM Kratos rumor is correct?


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+ Thetruefiziks on July 22nd, 2008 at 3:54 pm said:

…and do original customized characters get the ability to use “the Force”?


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+ FritoZ on July 22nd, 2008 at 3:54 pm said:

Woo-hoo!

Jumblies ahoy!

next-gen physics and immense cleavage go well together! lol!

about darth- man am i glad we got the good character!
(though i still feel the lightsaber would slice tight through anything!)

Also, am stoked about the rumors of Kratos also being playable! We already know what his weapons would be!

looking forward to this game!

(too bad about losing another great fighting game exclusivity…Tekken 6 is reported to be going to the 360 too… )


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+ Karamo on July 22nd, 2008 at 3:54 pm said:

I was wondering is this game is going to support trophies, i think it will make me pick up this game and it will add to the experience.


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+ Nitrowolf2 on July 22nd, 2008 at 3:56 pm said:

any plans for downloadable contents?


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+ KazeEternal on July 22nd, 2008 at 3:56 pm said:

I’m really excited about the upcoming release of Soul Calibur IV (Even reserved the Limited Edition ^^) Anyway a few questions.

Will there be additional Characters to download from the PSN Store?

If there are additional Characters has Sony or Namco considered bringing Nariko, Kratos, or another character exclusive to Sony to Soul Calibur 4 as a bonus character later on?

Thanks for taking the time to come down and giving us your time ^^.

P.S. Can you tell the Tekken 6 Team that it needs to remain exclusive as I don’t think the PS3 can take another exclusive loss.


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+ rAdIOhEaD73 on July 22nd, 2008 at 3:57 pm said:

You have done an amazing job NAMCO, congratulations!!!


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+ Thetruefiziks on July 22nd, 2008 at 3:57 pm said:

@13
FritoZ

as much as I’d hate to point out, I don’t think this has.. ahem, a “next gen physics” engine, in fact from the videos it doesn’t look like the game implements *ANY* physics engine…


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+ Nitrowolf2 on July 22nd, 2008 at 4:00 pm said:

will we be able to perhaps make our own dark apprentice? i want to create a charcter with a light saber


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+ FritoZ on July 22nd, 2008 at 4:03 pm said:

oh yeah Katsutoshi – I almost forgot to ask-

can you comment on the availability of Yoda for the PS3 as a future DLC?

i’m sure alot of people would like to know that!

thanks!


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+ AznSniper on July 22nd, 2008 at 4:03 pm said:

Any plans for DLC?


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+ Hai on July 22nd, 2008 at 4:03 pm said:

The Kratos rumor is false, that’s been proven awhile ago.

@6 and 12
If you use the force with an empty bar, it drains health. Unless you unlock it later, no, you can’t give any custom characters a star wars style. You also can’t really edit the SW guys beyond new lightsabers that change stats.


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+ JJ555666. on July 22nd, 2008 at 4:05 pm said:

This game looks good, i will buy it the first day that it comes out.


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+ TheHakku on July 22nd, 2008 at 4:06 pm said:

Oh my god. I love it, Mr. Sasaki! I can’t wait to play with Vader. Did we hear Sir James Earl Jones?

Oh man… hurry up, Tuesday!


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+ assassin_21 on July 22nd, 2008 at 4:07 pm said:

getting this day one cant wait but if anyone want to play my gamer tag tag is assassin_21


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+ Stoffinator on July 22nd, 2008 at 4:09 pm said:

I’m disappointed in the graphics with this game. Backgrounds look rather dull and Star War characters? Seems odd to me.


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+ FritoZ on July 22nd, 2008 at 4:09 pm said:

One more question for you Katsutoshi-

did you guys get James Earl Jones to do Vader’s voice? it sounded alot like him int he clip..

if you did…niiiiice!

and @ 18 Thetruefiziks

oh, i thought this game had girls with (forgive me for using this term) bodacious racks?

maybe that was another game..anyway, this is still high on my “to rent” list!


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+ TheHater on July 22nd, 2008 at 4:10 pm said:

I already have the game, and is about to get everything :)
You guys made on hell of a game right here. It the best SC game so far, and might be the best fighting game I played


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+ Kedaro on July 22nd, 2008 at 4:11 pm said:

AWESOME! SCIV rocks!, I’m so glad we of the ps3camp got Vader, although it would have been nice to have best of both worlds.


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+ Seba501 on July 22nd, 2008 at 4:14 pm said:

Wat ab0ut tr0phies ??


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+ eksMAN on July 22nd, 2008 at 4:16 pm said:

awesome! vader looks so kick ass!!


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+ Statix on July 22nd, 2008 at 4:19 pm said:

Hi, will this game support 1080p/i (upscaled or otherwise)? This is especially important for those with HDTVs that don’t support 720p, but I can’t find this information anywhere on Sony or Namco’s websites.

Thanks.


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+ Masterofallz on July 22nd, 2008 at 4:26 pm said:

Woo! Cant wait.


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+ the_icon on July 22nd, 2008 at 4:28 pm said:

360 is getting that green rabbit. Anyways, Darkside is always stronger. The color scheme matches with PS3. And Soul Caliber PS3 is the only Caliber that has both Star Wars character (Apprentice)


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+ skaterricky on July 22nd, 2008 at 4:32 pm said:

Thank you Old Dark One they call the Dark Vador! we bow to the powers. :P

Force is Very strong with this one! ;)


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+ SDkngsht on July 22nd, 2008 at 4:33 pm said:

i actually am thinking about picking this up. i’ve always preferred Tekken but how can you not want to play a fighting game as Darth Vader?

Darth Maul would have also been cool but both are better than Yoda. lol. Yoda’s cool but not what comes to mind when i think of kicking @$$. :lol:


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+ the_icon on July 22nd, 2008 at 4:35 pm said:

@ 36

How dare u! Thats green Wabbit! Respect boy!!


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+ Thetruefiziks on July 22nd, 2008 at 4:38 pm said:

I can see yoda’s zipper


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+ Hai on July 22nd, 2008 at 4:40 pm said:

@34

The Apprentice is on both versions.


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+ the_icon on July 22nd, 2008 at 4:43 pm said:

@ 39

Yeah i know, just saying u r getting 2 dark side characters with the PS3.


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+ Captain Fury on July 22nd, 2008 at 4:44 pm said:

cant wait for July 29


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+ EvoAnubis on July 22nd, 2008 at 4:49 pm said:

I’m in. Can’t wait.


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+ babybluedb on July 22nd, 2008 at 4:55 pm said:

this is great im gonna have to play this i heard the 360 got yoda thats cool but we have the dark sith lordO__o


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+ Volomon on July 22nd, 2008 at 4:57 pm said:

That is awesome, I love how they were not afraid to alter the game to implement the force guage. That is detail to the maximum.


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+ RatchetFanatic on July 22nd, 2008 at 4:59 pm said:

is the framerate that bad or is it because the videos are low-quality?


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+ nmc75 on July 22nd, 2008 at 5:00 pm said:

Nariko from Heavenly Sword would’ve been nicer. :)


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+ Killuminati on July 22nd, 2008 at 5:00 pm said:

I can’t wait to pick this fighter up.


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+ TheHakku on July 22nd, 2008 at 5:01 pm said:

@45/RatchetFanatic: I’m sure that’s just the videos.


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+ Nightmare142 on July 22nd, 2008 at 5:01 pm said:

I can’t wait to play this. Thanks Namco and LucasArts.


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+ DRTHV8R on July 22nd, 2008 at 5:05 pm said:

“This will be a day long remembered. It has seen”..a post on the PSBlog with my name in the title, “it shall soon see”..gamers across this planet destroying their enemies with my likeness!


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