The latest issue of Famitsu reveals that Namco Bandai is at work on a free-to-play entry in the "Soul Calibur" series following the retail release of 2012's "Soul Calibur V." Is this where the fighting game scene is headed?
The new game is "Soulcalibur: Lost Swords," and it's currently being developed for the PS3, which is home to other Namco Bandai F2P offerings, "Tekken Revolution" and "Ridge Racer Driftopia." If "Lost Swords" follows the model of "Tekken Revolution," the initial download will include a base collection of fighters, with the remaining combatants available as individual purchases. That title also offered a progression system for its fighters, allowing players to accumulate points from matches in order to develops stats for their characters.
2012's "Soul Calibur V" had a roster of 28 characters, which will offer Namco Bandai ample opportunities to grab $5 a piece to fill out your collection of playable characters.
It's interesting to note that these are all one-time arcade franchises that have since mostly made their homes on consoles in the last generation. And like the upcoming "Killer Instinct 3," publishers might be attempting to find additional sources of revenue above the initial purchase.
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