Bandai Namco has an incredible lineup of games on the way, but all this writer wants to see and play is SoulCalibur VI. After the surprise reveal at this year's Game Awards we've been dying for more information. Will we be seeing a Nintendo Switch version? What about platform specific guest characters? Will we still be force-fed busty characters in skimp outfits? GameCentral sat down with the game's producer, Motohiro Okubo, to get answers to some of our most burning questions.
Let's get the most important questions out of the way first. Are we going to see a Nintendo Switch version? Believe it or not, Okubo-san's answer left us feeling more hopeful than we expected. "SoulCalibur VI development started more than three years ago," he said. "And nobody knew anything about Switch back then. So, as a matter of fact we are not working on Switch, as of now. But of course, personally, I’m interested in the platform. So if the Unreal Engine can adapt to Switch, and evolve itself, then maybe the possibility will be more."
The SoulCalibur games, starting with the second iteration, always featured guest fighters depending on the platform. Will this tradition continue with SoulCalibur VI? "I do understand that the guest characters presence is quite big in the previous SoulCaliburs," Okubo-san said in the interview. "In that sense I’m hoping to be able to introduce guest characters in this game, and to be able to surprise everyone… but I cannot say any more."
And now for the awkward part... Is Ivy still a scantily-clad boob monster, and are we going to be uncomfortable playing this game with other people in the room? GameCentral asked Okubo about his thoughts on female character design since, in modernity, we tend to be a little more sensitive about how females are represented in games.
"I understand that there are different opinions about such characters," he said. "So I think what’s most important is how you want to express and design such characters, and not just the female characters. But I still want to keep the body shape and the atmosphere of each character to be the backbone of each character." We're not sure what that means, but I have a feeling that it means that Ivy will still be a scantily-clad boob monster.
We're still hyped.