SOULCALIBUR VI Season 2 – Arrives on 25 November 2019!

Paid DLC 7 “Hilde” and DLC 8 “Creation Parts Set C” available on 26 November 2019!

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Asia is pleased to announce that the premier weapons-based fighting series SOULCALIBUR VI launched for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC via Steam will have its Season 2 begin on 25 November 2019. The 7th Paid DLC “Hilda” and 8th Paid DLC “Creation Parts Set C” will be available on 26 November 2019. 

Season 2 Free Update details

Available Date: 25 November 2019

Delivery content:

  • Battle adjustments including adding new skills to all characters
  • New Stage added
  • New Battle System added
  • Other functional improvements

Please view English patch notes for Update Version 2.00 here:  https://www.bandainamcoent.asia/news/soulcalibur-vi-update-ver-2-00-patch-notes/  

Season Pass 2

Season 2 follows with the launch of paid DLC 7 playable character Hilde, and Haohmaru from Samurai Shodown will appear as a guest character too. In addition, each purchase of Season Pass 2 will also come with a bonus of battle BGMs from SOULCALIBUR IV▪V! 

Paid DLC playable character “Hilde”

Available Date: 26 November 2019

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SOULCALIBUR VI Update Ver. 2.00 Patch Notes

We are happy to announce the start of SOULCALIBUR VI Season 2! This new season will bring tons of new content such as new characters, battle mechanics, balance adjustments and more to be revealed!

From 25 November, a new update will improve fighters’ balance and introduce new moves for all the characters, adding new combo possibilities and new ways to overcome difficult situations. In order to provide even more depth to the game, two new Battle Mechanics usable by all characters will also be added : 

  • The Soul Attack, a strengthened strike that can turn the tide of a battle.
  • The Resist Impact, the ultimate defense move capable of repelling any attack including the currently unblockable ones.

You can find the full list of the character changes below.

The next update marks the beginning of SOULCALIBUR VI Season 2.

The Ver. 2.00 update which includes improvements and modifications that address the following issues for PS4/Xbox One/STEAM will be released on 25 November. (Please note that once the patch is applied, the replay data from previous versions can no longer be replayed due to the gameplay fixes and improvements)

Compatibility Support of “Season Pass 2

This update includes compatibility support of “Season Pass 2”.

* “Season Pass 2” will be available from November 26th.

Compatibility Support of the paid DLC7 (PS4/Xbox One/STEAM)

This update includes compatibility support of the paid DLC7 playable character “Hilde”.

* “Hilde” will be available from November 26th.

* Please note that “Hilde” is included in “Season Pass 2”.

If “Season Pass 2” does not appear in the store, please wait for a while for it to appear.

Compatibility Support of the paid DLC8 (PS4/Xbox One/STEAM)

This update includes compatibility support of the paid DLC8 “Creation Parts Set C”.

* “Creation Parts Set C” will be available from November 26th.

* Please note that “Creation Parts Set C” is included in “Season Pass 2”. If “Season Pass 2” does not appear in the store, please wait for a while for it to appear.

Additional Creation Items (PS4/Xbox One/STEAM)

The following Creation Items will be available for everyone after installing this update.

  • Crown Princess Helm
  • Crown Princess Helm (Visor Up)
  • Crown Princess Armor
  • Crown Princess Attire
  • Crown Princess Footwear

Additional Stages (PS4/Xbox One/STEAM)

The following stages will be available for everyone after installing this update.

  • Silver Wolves’ Haven
  • Grand Labyrinth – Sealed Corridor

* Grand Labyrinth – Sealed Corridor is available only in TRAINING mode.

Battle Adjustments (PS4/Xbox One/STEAM)

  • Brand new moves will be added to each character.
  • New Battle System “Soul Attack” will be added to the game.
  • New Battle System “Resist Impact” will be added to the game.
  • With this update, Reversal Edge will not shift to Reversal Edge clash when opponent guards the attack.
  • With this update, a character will receive slight damage even when a grapple break is successful (a character will not get knocked out by this damage).
  • We will also make some modifications on gameplay and balance adjustments.
  • We will add an explanation regarding the new battle system to Tutorial Battle in MISSION: Libra of Soul. (Players can learn about the battle systems in “Drona’s Dojo” in MISSION:Libra of Soul.)
  • We will add an explanation regarding the new battle system to Combat Lessons in MUSEUM.
  • Due to the addition of new moves and the balance adjustment, we will update the content of Fighting Style Lessons in MUSEUM.

* For details, please check here.

NETWORK Adjustments (PS4/Xbox One/STEAM)

  • In RANKED MATCH, we will make a player’s rank move up and down more frequently by adjusting the amount of points that increase/decrease.

This update is intended to make the rank reflect the players’ skill rather than the number of times they have played.

  • In RANKED MATCH, players will be given names according to their ranks.
  • Accordingly, the plate design will be renewed to match the names of each rank.
  • In RANKED MATCH, we will inform the player before a match that will affect the player’s ranks.
  • In RANKED MATCH, we will inform the player after a match when the player’s rank changes.
  • “Search” will be optimized in RANKED MATCH.
  • In CASUAL MATCH, we will add text chat to allow players to communicate freely.
  • In CASUAL MATCH, we will add new fixed phrases.
  • Requirements for uploading replays in the Latest Replays will be changed.

Additional Functions (PS4/Xbox One/STEAM)

  • We will renew certain UI such as Select Character, Select Stage and Health Gauge.
  • In TRAINING, we will add functions that accommodate the addition of new battle systems.
  • In OPTION, 1 action can now be allocated to 2 different buttons.

Additional Functions for PS4 (PS4)

  • We will add “PS4™ Tournaments” to NETWORK.

*It is a new mode that supports tournaments sponsored by ESL.

Game System Adjustments (PS4/Xbox One/STEAM)

  • We will fix an issue where the wrong character’s voice gets played during battles.
  • Some text will be revised.
  • We will also make changes that accompany various changes in Season 2 and make improvement of the stability of several movements.

CHARACTER CREATION Adjustments (PS4/Xbox One/STEAM)

  • We will fix an issue where the facial expressions of some characters becomes different from the expected expression when those characters wear “Great Helm” or “Tracksuit Pants”.
  • There is an issue where when “War Maiden’s Costume” is worn together with “YoRHa Unit Number Two Standard Armor (COLOR2)” or “YoRHa Unit Number Two Skirtless (COLOR2)”, the parts sink very deep into the body of the character wearing them. We will fix this issue by disallowing to wear these parts together.

It will be the same setting as the (COLOR1) version.

  • We will fix an issue where some arm parts would not be displayed properly when they are worn together with “Purge Half-Armor”.
  • With this update, “Rubber Mask” and “Destruction Mask” will not be able to be worn together.

This change will not affect the variations of character appearance a player can create, as they are the combination that, when worn together, would not be displayed.

BAN policies for players who violate the EULA (End User License Agreement) (PS4/Xbox One/STEAM)

We will enforce bans on players who have been confirmed to have violated the EULA that is agreed upon when they first play the game. Please note that players who are repeatedly reported to have violated the EULA are subject to the ban once we confirm such violation has actually taken place.

We are continuously checking and investigating other unexpected issues. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

SOULCALIBUR VI – World Invitational Tournament 2019

SANTA CLARA, Calif., – (August 26, 2019) – Leading interactive entertainment media publisher and developer BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., today announced a new esports tournament built around the premier melee weapons-based fighting game in the world, the SOULCALIBUR World Invitational. SOULCALIBUR fans who would like to be part of the action can purchase event tickets to attend the SOULCALIBUR World Invitational on Smash.gg starting August 28, 2019 at 4:00pm PDT.

 

On November 2, 2019, the HyperX Esports Arena at The Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada will become the epicenter of the SOULCALIBUR universe where seven of the best SOULCALIBUR VI players from around the globe are invited to gather for an action-packed tournament to crown the first ever SOULCALIBUR World Invitational Champion. Additionally, one SOULCALIBUR VI player may rise from a pool of 128 players to join the chosen seven by participating in the SOULCALIBUR World Invitational Last Chance Qualifier event which will also be held at the HyperX Esports Arena on November 2, 2019.

 

“The SOULCALIBUR franchise has been the premier weapons-based fighting game for two decades, building a fan-base which stretches generations and around the world. Now, in the age of esports, it’s an honor to finally deliver a tournament fully focused on SOULCALIBUR, where the eight best players from every corner of the globe come together to compete for prizes, honor, and the ultimate crown of being the best SOULCALIBUR VI player in the world.”

– Motohiro Okubo, Producer of SOULCALIBUR VI at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.

Featured hosts who will be providing blow-by-blow reporting throughout the SOULCALIBUR World Invitational include fighting game community stalwarts Markman, Kitana Prime, Aliciaxlife, and Ebonic Plague. With nonstop action and excellent color commentary, the SOULCALIBUR World Invitational promises to be one of the most entertaining esports events of the year.

 

SOULCALIBUR VI – Cassandra

The shield-wielding Cassandra, who first debuted in SOULCALIBUR II, is set to bring her Athenian fighting style to the stage of SOULCALIBUR VI as the last character of the Season Pass 1 on 06 August, 2019.

Additionally, SOULCALIBUR VI’s Season Pass 2 was announced, which will contain four fighters including the guest-character Haohmaru from SNK’s Samurai Shodown and four Creation Sets allowing never seen before customisation!

SOULCALIBUR VI – Character Creation Contest

SOULCALIBUR VI Character Creation Contest

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. is organising a SOULCALIBUR VI character creation contest that is open to all who reside outside of Japan. Winners will have their usernames credited in the end credits of SoulCalibur VI.

Think you have the best creation to impress the development team? Then take part now for a chance to have your name go down in the annals of SoulCalibur VI history!

 


Terms and Conditions of Entry for SOULCALIBUR VI Character Creation Contest

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (hereinafter referred to as “The Company”) shall launch “SOULCALIBUR VI Character Creation Contest” (“The Campaign”) in the console video game “SOULCALIBUR VI” (“The Game”).

Should you wish to enter The Campaign, please read and agree to the terms and conditions.

  • The terms and conditions apply to people living in areas other than Japan. 

 

 

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The Campaign Overview

In The Campaign, we select a few entrants who have submitted excellent screenshots of The Game (“The Winners”) from all submitted screenshots taken according to the description below, and award The Winners.

 

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Campaign Period

The entry period for The Campaign is:

  • Start: 26 June, 2019 @ 22:00 UTC+8
  • End: 21 July, 2019 @ 22:59 UTC+8

 

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How to Enter 

  • Follow the official “SOULCALIBUR” Twitter account (@soulcalibur) operated by The Company during The Campaign period.
  • Tweet a screenshot of the character created in “SOULCALIBUR VI” (“Submitted Work“) with a special hashtag (#SC6_ccc).

The entry is completed by following the above procedure 1 and 2.

The formats for a valid Submitted Work shall meet the following requirements:

  • It shall be a screenshot of one scene in The Game, and no change or alteration shall be made to its contents.
  • The image size and the file type of a Submitted Work shall be pursuant to the image size and the file type that can be uploaded to a tweet in Twitter.

 

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How the Winners are Selected

From the Submitted Works, the development team of The Game selects the works they deem imaginative and original, and announces them as The Winners.

 

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Awarding of The Winners

 

  • The Twitter usernames of one to three entrants who submitted excellent screenshots (“The Winners”) will be credited in the end credit of “SOULCALIBUR VI” (“The Game”) as “Creation Master”.
* The names that appear in the end credit will be the Twitter usernames at the time of sending direct messages to announce the award.
  • The Winners will be notified via Twitter direct message (hereinafter, such direct message is called as “Award Notification”).
  • Award Notifications shall not be resent under any circumstance.
  • If we do not receive a reply even after the deadline stated in the Award Notification, the award will be terminated.
  • Award Notifications will be sent in the end of July 2019 or later; provided, this may be subject to change depending on circumstances.
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Common Terms & Conditions

The Campaign is conducted in accordance with the following terms and conditions of The Company.

http://legal.bandainamcoent.co.jp/terms/

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SOULCALIBUR VI – Version 1.42 Update Notes

 

SOULCALIBUR VI Update Version 1.42 Patch Notes for PlayStation4®/ Xbox One/ STEAM®
(As of 19 June, 2019)

 

SOULCALIBUR VI Update Version 1.42, which contains adjustments and improvements to the following issues for PlayStation4®/ Xbox One and STEAM® has been released.

 

Game System Adjustments

  • Previously, Lethal Hit Attacks of certain characters which should have been triggered upon hitting an opponent who missed a follow-up attack with A, B or K during a Reversal Edge clash were not triggered correctly. This issue has been fixed with this update.
  • Previously, certain characters landing their Lethal Hit Attacks when Taki performs her “Reversal Lightning” after being downed caused an application error to occur. This has been resolved with this update.
  • 2B: Due to adjustments introduced in Version 1.40, she became unable to shift to “Aerial Leap” when her “Augmented First Strike ~ Aerial Leap” missed an opponent. This has also been fixed with this update.

Corrections to Incorrect Texts on the Battle Adjustment List released with Update Version 1.40 for PlayStation4®/ Xbox One/ STEAM® (As of 19 June, 2019)

 

Incorrect Command on the Battle Adjustment List for Update Version 1.40
Incorrect command input that was listed on the Battle Adjustment List released on 15 May, 2019 have been corrected.

Mitsurugi “Twisted Gold”
Incorrect: Decreased the delay after the attack by 2 frames
Correct: Increased the opening after the attack by 2 frames

Talim “Kali Rush”
Incorrect: During Wind Charmer A.A.K.A
Correct: During Wind Charmer A.K.A

We are continuously checking and investigating other unexpected issues. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

SOULCALIBUR VI – Version 1.40 Update Notes

Version 1.40 Update Notes (PlayStation4®/Xbox One and STEAM®)

The Version 1.40 update which includes improvements and modifications that addresses the following issues for PS4®/ Xbox One/ STEAM® will be released on 15 May, 2019.

COMPATIBILITY SUPPORT OF PAID DLC5 (PS4/ XBOX ONE/ STEAM)

This update includes compatibility support of the paid DLC “Creation Parts Set B.” “Creation Parts Set B” will be available from 16 May, 2019. [Modula id=’31’]

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ADDITIONAL CREATION PARTS (PS4/ XBOX ONE/ STEAM)

The following Creation Parts will be available for everyone after applying this update.

  • Torso (Middle Layer) – Tuxedo Jacket  (Male)
  • Lower Body – Tuxedo Pants (Male)
  • Legwear (Outer) – Tuxedo Shoes (Male)
  • Torso (Inner Layer) – Bridal Shorts (Female)
  • Torso (Middle Layer) – Bridal Gown (Female)
  • Legwear (Outer) – Bridal Heels (Female)
  • Extra (Special Parts) – Bridal Tiara (Male & Female)
  • Arms – Archangel Gauntlets (Female)*
*This item is currently for male only but will become available to both genders from Version 1.40.
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ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS (PS4/ XBOX ONE/ STEAM)

New colour variations are added to regular characters. To apply new colours, select COLOUR 3 or COLOUR 4 after confirming the character in the Character Selection screen.

Please note that there are no additional colour variations for Inferno, Geralt, and 2B.

 

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ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS (STEAM)

This update adds compatibility for “NVIDIA Ansel.”

To activate NVIDIA Ansel, press “Alt + F2” during VERSUS and TRAINING battles. You will need a compatible environment to run NVIDIA Ansel.

 

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GAME SYSTEM ADJUSTMENTS (PS4/ XBOX ONE/ STEAM)

  1. Battle system and character move adjustments. For details, please see here.
  2. Reduced the instance where particular objects block the view instead of becoming transparent when they are too close to the camera in “City Ruins: Eternal Apocalypse.”
  3. Fixed the instance where players are not transferred to the selected screen after disconnecting a controller and reconnecting a new one during the result screen in VERSUS mode.
  4. Some of the texts are modified.
  5. Stability of various areas in the game are improved.
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TRAINING ADJUSTMENTS (PS4/ XBOX ONE/ STEAM)

  • Fixed the instance where the voice of a character who is not appearing on the screen can be heard when certain conditions are met while in TRAINING.
  • Fixed several unintended behaviors which occur when using the Command Record function in TRAINING.
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CHARACTER CREATION ADJUSTMENTS (PS4/ XBOX ONE/ STEAM)

  • “Female Pirate Belts” have been changed not to get damaged during the battles.
  • Adjusted to allow stickers to be applied on “Boy’s Blazer,” “Girl’s Blazer,” and “Nurse Uniform.”
  • Modified to allow “Sode” and “Voodoo Pauldrons” to be equipped while wearing “Winter Rose Dress.”
  • Fixed the instance where the selected pattern is also reflected inside the eyes when face paint is applied to Shapeshifter.
  • Fixed the issue of the hair becoming black when “Wild Tail (Loose)” and “Long Straight” are combined with certain “Head” equipment.
  • Fixed the instance where the hairstyle graphic does not change when equipment destruction occurs if the hairstyle of “Amy” is set to default in Regular Character Customisation.
  • Fixed the soul charge effect of Regular Character Customisation Amy to align with that of other regular characters.
  • Modified instances where hairstyles and body parts do not look well when certain hairstyle, face and head equipment are combined.
  • Fixed instances where certain body part becomes transparent when certain race, build and parts are combined. Several parts are moderated to deal with the issues of clipping.
  • Other minor issues are fixed.
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NETWORK ADJUSTMENTS (PS4/ XBOX ONE/ STEAM)

Implemented “Rank Bolstering” for Ranked Matches.

In Rank Match, once you obtain a certain amount of Rank Points, the Ranks of other fighting styles will automatically be raised to a set value. Bolstering details are as follows:

  • When reaching D5, the ranks of other styles will be increased to F1.
  • When reaching C5, the ranks of other styles will be increased to E1.
  • When reaching B5, the ranks of other styles will be increased to D1.

 

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BAN POLICIES FOR PLAYERS WHO VIOLATE THE EULA (END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT)

Providing a safe and fun gaming experience for players all around the world is one of our core pillars, which is why we enforce bans on players who have been confirmed to have violated the EULA that is agreed upon first playing the game. Please note that we may ban players who are repeatedly reported to have violated EULA once we confirm such violation has actually taken place.

We are continuously checking and investigating other unexpected issues.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

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SOULCALIBUR VI – Gameplay Adjustments

PS4/ Xbox One/ STEAM Version Gameplay Adjustments

A patch will be released for the PS4®/ Xbox One/ STEAM® versions to make the following gameplay improvements and adjustments.

[GAMEPLAY FIXES]

 

  • Yoshimitsu: The opening after Tobi Ushiwaka can be reduced by entering certain inputs.
  • Yoshimitsu: Deathcopter Trick has been adjusted to not ring out during a match however there are certain situations where it still rings out.
  • Geralt: Certain lethal hit conditions for Crippling Strike is not working.
  • Camera: The camera angle becomes awkward during certain throws such as Astaroth’s Ride of the Wicked.

 

Re-adjustments will also be made to the battle system updated in Version 1.30, such as Guard Impact.

 


[MISSING INFORMATION IN CHARACTER PATCH NOTES]

The following information were missing from the Version 1.30 character patch notes.

  • Maxi: Special effects have been added when Critical Edge is activated during Seven Stars Severance to express the increase in damage.
  • Nightmare: The weapon effect’s lighting for attacks exclusive to his Soul Charge has been reduced to improve visibility.

 


[INCORRECT TEXT]

In Amy’s Combat Lessons under Reversal Edges, it is written that when Reversal Edge’s A attack hits, it can be followed up with Dark Abyss and Rouge Stratagème, but this is actually not the case.

This text will be fixed in the next update.

SOULCALIBUR VI – Version 1.30 Update Notes

PS4/ Xbox One/ STEAM Version 1.30 Update Notes (As of 25 March, 2019)

The Version 1.30 update includes improvements and modifications that addresses the following issues.

THE 4TH DLC, PLAYABLE CHARACTER “AMY” (PS4®/ XBOX ONE/ STEAM)

This update includes compatibility support of the paid DLC4 “Amy”.

Please note that “Amy” will be released on the 26 March, 2019. For more information about this new playable character, please refer here.


ADDITIONAL CREATION PARTS (PS4®/ XBOX ONE/ STEAM)

The following Creation Parts have been added:

  • Night Butterfly Dress
  • Night Butterfly Lace
  • Night Butterfly Boots
  • Night Butterfly Socks


ADDITIONAL FEATURES (PS4®/ XBOX ONE/ STEAM)

The following features have been added:

  1. Controller settings can be accessed from the character selection screen of “Versus” by pressing the “Option” button.
    *The aforementioned button refers to the PlayStation®4 version.
    *This additional feature cannot be used in “Casual Match” or “Training” modes.
  2. Added additional options pertaining to the activation of the “Pause Menu”. The following options can be selected from the “Versus” regulation settings screen:
    • “Standard”: Pushing the “Options” button opens the pause menu, as per usual.
    • “Hold”: The game can only be paused by holding the “Options” button. This will reduce the risk of players pausing the game by accident.
      *The aforementioned button refers to the PlayStation®4 version.
  3. The following options have been added to the menu screen at the end of fights in “Versus” mode.
    • “Rematch on a random stage”: Rematch with the same opponent on a randomly selected stage.
    • “Stage Selection”: Return the player to the stage selection screen while keeping the already chosen characters and rematch with the same opponent.
  4. In “Replay”, an erase feature has been added which can be used to delete all the old replay at once.

GAMEPLAY ADJUSTMENTS (PS4®/ XBOX ONE/ STEAM)

  1.  Adjusted some aspects of the battle mechanics and special moves. Please go to this page for a detailed list of the adjustments.
  2. Corrected some of the in-game text.
  3. Improved the general stability and polish.


TRAINING MODE ADJUSTMENTS (PS4®/ XBOX ONE/ STEAM)

  1. Adjustments have been made so that the game remembers part of the settings and options within “Training” during the same game session. Please note that this additional feature does not pertain to the cursor position within the fighting style guides.
  1. The “random” option has been added to the display system of the command input replay feature.
  1. If players use the “touchpad” + “□ button” while using the command input replay feature within “Training”, they can change the replay modes.
*The aforementioned button refers to the PlayStation®4 version.
  1. Fix the instance in which slowdowns occur during “Training”.
  1. Fixed the instance in which the game would unpause with open menus if players press the OPTIONS button while the “Move Settings” window is open.
 *The aforementioned button refers to the PlayStation®4 version.


CREATION PARTS ADJUSTMENT (PS4®/ XBOX ONE/ STEAM)

  • “Arcane Knight Armour”, “Female Pirate Coat” have been changed not to get damaged during the battles.
  • Adjusted the customisation settings not to allow the use of some of the other headgears when “Hermit’s Hood” is equipped.
*This change only concerns creation parts that are not visible when “Hermit’s Hood” is equipped. There this does not affect the number of customisation pertaining to the aforementioned item.
  • Fixed the instance in which the character’s body does not render properly when equipping armour for the arms while already wearing the “Baihu Coat” and the “Samurai’s Haori”.
  • Fixed the chest area display bug that occurred while “Fetching Leotard” and “Parlour Blouse” are both equipped.
  • Changed the customisation as to let both female and male characters equip the “Sanctified Cuisses” and “Arabian Slacks” at the same time.
  • Fixed display bugs that would occur when “Gym Shorts” is equipped.
  • Fixed instances in which the sticker would not display properly when applying it at the front face of the “Gym Shorts”.
  • Fixed instances in which machine lifeforms would appear on the “Character Viewing Screen” after selecting the “2B” fighting style
  • Fixed various bugs pertaining to customisation parts.


LIBRA OF SOUL ADJUSTMENTS (PS4®/ XBOX ONE/ STEAM)

The conditions under which the title “Azure Nightmare” can be obtained during the “In Father’s Name” mission will be softened.

After the changes, the title will be obtainable by meeting the following conditions:

  1. Completing the following mission: “Schwarzwind: Feelings Shared”
  2. Completing the following mission: “Unsung Hero”.

For players who are already meeting the required conditions, the “In Father’s Name” mission will be automatically available.


NETWORK ADJUSTMENTS (PS4®/ Xbox One/ STEAM)

  1. The following corrections were made in order to improve the matchmaking quality of “Ranked Match” and enhance general network stability.
    • Removed the “Language” and “Region” filters from the search option.
    • The “ping/ connection” filter has been set to “more than 4 Bars” by default.
  2. In “RANKED MATCH”, the limits of the rematch option have been removed.
  3. Fixing the instance in which the players would be unable to move after the start of the round in “Casual Match”.
  4. Added “ping/ connection” indicator which is displayed in the lower-middle part of the screen during fights both in “Ranked Match” and “Casual Match”.

REGARDING USERS WHO ARE IN VIOLATION OF THE EULA (THE SOFTWARE LICENSE AGREEMENT)

Providing a safe and fun gaming experience for players all around the world is one of our core pillars which is why we are following strictly our company policy which is to BAN players that have violated the agreed upon rules. As we will continue to enforce this policy, please understand that being in violation of the EULA can result in a BAN.

We are continuously investigating any and all other potential issues. Please understand that we are proceeding in an orderly fashion. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

SOULCALIBUR VI – EVO Japan 2019 Community Q&A

The SoulCalibur VI development team answers some burning questions from the community that they didn’t manage to get to during the Q&A session that took place during EVO Japan 2019.

We’ve compiled them here for your reading pleasure. If you’re interested to find out more about future developments, be sure to give it a read!


[GENERAL QUESTIONS]

Q1.) We need you to share more information with us about DLC and upcoming characters!

Creation Parts Set A has been released on February 19. Amy is planned for the next DLC. We would like to release as quickly as possible in the future. Amy’s development is at the final stages. We are planning to release the remaining 3 DLCs by end of this Summer.

Q2.) Please put the controller setups on the character select screen for offline modes.

The internal implementation and testing are underway. We are doing our best to implement it as quickly as possible.

Q3.) Please balance the difficulty of the Libra of Soul mode.

Partial adjustment has been done on February 18. We will consider other adjustments if necessary in the future.

Q4.) The rate at which Soul Points are earned is too slow. This is especially detrimental for players who do not play online.

Partial adjustment has already been done on February 18, Version 1.20. We will consider other adjustments as necessary in the future.

Q5.) Please bring back modes and features that were included in previous entries such as “Team Battle”, “Battle Theatre” and “Voice Test”.

As fans of the series, we understand your request. At the moment, we would like to prioritise the improvement of other features.

Q6.) Please give us more single-player content as DLC. We want additional Soul Chronicle episodes for already existing characters.  

There are still many unexplored story lines in the world of SOULCALIBUR and as developers we are grateful to receive this request. But for now, we would like to focus on developing the story mode for paid DLCs, and consider this request in the future.

Q7.) Please make the game compatible with Nvidia Ansel.

Adding this feature might take some time, but we are planning for its implementation.

Q8.) Please improve the training mode. We would like to see more options regarding the commands display and the replays. Additionally, it would be great to have an infinite stage exclusive to this mode.

Partial improvement has already been made with the Version 1.20 Patch that went live on February 18. Further improvements are yet to come. Because it is the game mode that almost everyone goes back frequently to study or understand various characters and/or moves, it is a priority for us to improve this mode. Although the infinite stage might be difficult to implement at this moment, we will look into it.


[GAMEPLAY QUESTION (BATTLE)]

Q9.) The amount of changes brought by the Version 1.10 and Version 1.11 Updates are quite extraordinary. Isn’t it detrimental for the game to make this many changes this frequently?

The changes brought about by the Version 1.10 and Version 1.11 were quite extraordinary even for us. Frequent updates have the potential risk to disturb users’ play experience. The release of the next update relating to battle balance will be announced in the near future, but we are currently planning to focus on improvements such as implementing the changes that were not in time for Version 1.11 patch after DLC 4, resolving problems caused by update patches, and other small fixes.

We will thoroughly look into users’ requests and implement into the game if it makes sense.

Q10.) When fine-tuning the gameplay, were you favouring a balance that is more geared for online play rather than offline play?

The purpose of the updates implemented in Version 1.11 was to let casual players understand the details more easily, but that instead caused confusion or misunderstandings among a lot of players.

As our update policy, we believe that basing updates on either offline or online is not a good option.

The intention of Version 1.11 update is to adjust certain moves in which performance has been greatly changed between offline or online.

Q11.) What is the criteria used for game balancing? Hopefully, the game balancing is based on competitive play.

High level matches are referenced when adjusting the balance of the game, but elements such one-sided matches or why beginners or intermediate players are defeated are monitored as well. When balancing the gameplay, we always consider multiple types of players and various point of views. We want all players to be included and to enjoy our fighting game.

Q12.) We keep hearing explanations such as “character concept” or “developer intent” but more specifically, how do you come up with characters’ fighting styles?

Each character’s concept is defined in-game in the Fighting Style Handbook, the texts displayed in the fighting style selection screen of character creation or the parameter chart. We have taken into consideration of not having overlapping personalities so as to avoid characters that are too similar.

However, after the game’s launch, we felt that we should not discourage players from exploring strategies within the community by being protective of our initial vision by saying that “It’s different from the character concept” or “it’s different from the development team’s idea”.

Q13.) A change for Siegfried in the Version 1.11 update describes his fighting style as defensive, but isn’t it wrong to enforce such an impression on players?

As mentioned above, when developing characters, we make sure that characters are developed to match multiple players’ needs and that they are not just different from one another by a couple of minor parameters. In the case of Siegfried,  he was described as “a character who plays defensively at mid-range” in the patch notes to explain his fighting style in an easy-to-understand manner to players who don’t use him, but that intention was misconstrued. It was by no means to deny offensive play for him.

All characters will be adjusted with features to compliment their personalities in the coming update patches.

Q14.) Shouldn’t Reversal Edge be nerfed? People are abusing its game mechanic.

We mainly received this feedback from advanced players. In the previous entries, players had to memorise moves in order to guard, but with Reversal Edge, more players are now able to counter moves in battle regardless of the difference in players’ skill levels.

This was our purpose and we believe it is effective.

Reversal Edge was designed to lower the entry for the game so new players could pick it up more easily, but seeing this move abused is not something that we want. Updates such as charging Soul Gauge easily without Reversal Edge or assuaging input mistakes during Reversal Edge are being considered for future updates.

Q15.) Ring outs in general are too easy in this game, especially even midway into the stage. It’s far too easy to ring out or be ringed out by chance, whereas in previous entries it required a bit more planning.

While SOULCALIBUR VI has the biggest stage size in the SoulCalibur series, the distance of which you can push the opponent away was longer than we expected. Rather than adjusting the character moves to limit ring out, we are considering to make the smaller stages bigger in the future.

Q16.) Why did/ didn’t you nerf some characters?

When first released, the perception of various characters’ strengths was not established yet. The perception also depends on each community or the individual’s battle environment.

Balancing the game with updates is not a simple act of nerfing or buffing characters. We will continue to do our best to release information regarding these changes in a transparent way so that the community can be on the same page.

There is also a possibility to readjust or undo a change, if better conditions are found. For example, Siegfried’s Over Toss was changed in Version 1.11 to no longer have the ring out mechanic, and this resulted in some players feeling that the move was not interesting to play with anymore. We are considering to reevaluate that adjustment and also update some common elements such as increasing the buffer time for throws and making smaller stages larger.

Q17.) Please fix the following:

  1. Instances in which players are unable to hit their opponents when they are positioned too close to them.
  2. Instances in which players are unable to counter attack after dodging their opponents’ attacks.

The hit detection in SOULCALIBUR games is designed to be accurate by taking into account the hit motion, the length and form of weapons used, and the opponent’s character’s posture and form. That is why in some instances when the opponent is out of reach or too close to hit, players will not be able to hit their opponents. However, there are some cases in which a player correctly predicts the movement of their opponent and attacks the right place at the right moment but still the attack fails to connect. This will be fixed in the update following Version 1.10. We are also planning to gather further data and fix any potential problems.

Q18.) Improve the input buffering system. Currently it is inconsistent where inputs are held a long time after certain attacks and not allowed at all after others. I think it also affects attempts to side step in either direction while releasing the block button, causing a jump or crouch instead.

The more we narrow the window during which the input is recognised, the more difficult inputting moves become. The input buffering window of SOULCALIBUR VI is a bit wider than in previous entries. Changing the length of that window would strongly affect the controls and how the game is to the player. That is why we need to be extremely careful with any changes that we make. The input buffering that happens while being hit by opponents may become the cause of the unintentional moves. We will keep investigating the matter.

The player’s character jumping unintentionally is not caused by the input buffering. It’s another matter altogether and an issue that we are keen on fixing.

Q19.) Please provide us the frame data for each character and make it available for browsing in the Training Mode.

As Project Soul, not releasing frame data is part of our policy. There are 2 main reasons for this.

The first reason is that the act of figuring out frame data and sharing it within the community is fun and part of the game experience. If we released the data officially, we would be undermining this experience many enjoy.

The second reason is that it might put off newcomers to the series by giving the impression that the frame data must be studied closely for the game to be enjoyable, which is not what we are aiming for.

Having said that, we are also aware that the fighting game scene is becoming more and more competitive each passing day and that many players would like the frame data to study for competitions. If we were to provide the data, it should be done properly with all the necessary information and explanations. We are not sure if we will be releasing it, but we are open to the idea and are looking into it.


[QUESTIONS PERTAINING TO ONLINE PLAY]

Q20.) In Casual Match, please give us the option to directly do a rematch without having to return to the lobby menu when only 2 people are connected to the lobby.

We are currently looking into the feasibility of this improvement.

Q21.) Please increase the maximum number of possible rematches in Ranked Match.

The internal implementation and testing are underway. We are doing our best to implement it as quickly as possible.

Q22.) Please change the matchmaking  system in Ranked Match so as to avoid matching players with a huge gap in rank against each other. If this is unavoidable, at least make it such that it matches the players with a great difference in rank only when there is no other opponent to be matched against.

The matchmaking system has been improved and this issue resolved with the addition of various rank thresholds in the previous update (Version 1.20). The chances of finding an opponent close to the player’s rank is now much higher. But depending on the number of players online, there might still be some cases in which searches for an opponent close to the player’s rank fails and this results in them being matched to an opponent with a considerable rank gap.

We will continuously monitor the active users and rank distribution, and look into matchmaking adjustments.

Q23.) Please do away with region segregation ‘All Regions’ and ‘Same Region’ in online matching, or just better explain the difference between the settings.

With the previous update (Version 1.20), “All” has been changed to “Other” in the search filters. It was a source of misunderstanding as when the filter was set to “All”, it gave players the impression that this would allow them to match with all players. In reality, players who set their filter to “All/Other” will only be matched with other players who also picked “All/Other”. A player who selected “All/Other” region/ language and another who selected “Same” area/ language will not be matched together.

The current version contains only UI updates, so a “Same” area/ language player will still not be matched against another “Other” area/ language player. However, the next upcoming patch will allow players to use only one search filter “Connection”, thereby improving the game matching feature.

Q24.) Please change the current points allocation system in Ranked Match. Currently, winning a match allocates points to the character that was used during the match but not to any other characters that the player might use. With this system, it is hard to tell whether a low level character is really a novice or the alt-character of a seasoned veteran.

We are looking into a solution to reduce the frequency of an experienced player’s alt-character being matched against a new player. The solution might be to have an additional indicator that takes into account mains and alts. We are looking to improve the current mechanics in the game.

Q25.) In Online Play, using an alphabet and a number to represent player rank looks pretty bland. Please redesign the UI so as to have a slick way of displaying that information (for example, a cool-looking nameplate).

We are aware that a lot of our fans would really like UI elements that goes well with the series’ general aesthetics, so when an opportunity presents itself, we will look into reworking the UI.


[CHARACTER CREATION]

Q26.) Would it be possible to have an option to enable/ disable the equipment/ clothes destruction feature?

We will look into this setting.

Q27.) Please add more creation parts to the game.

Character creation quickly became the series staple after its introduction. Anyone can express their creativity openly as it is a tool that is wonderfully easy to use. Therefore, we would like to add more creation parts.

We have overshot our goal and designed more creation parts than initially intended in our DLC plans. Additionally, some creation parts will be added as free DLC. We sincerely hope that you will be looking forward to trying out these new parts.


[QUESTIONS RAISED DURING PUBLIC TALK EVENT ON FEBRUARY 16] 

Q28.) Please buff Siegfried. Although the information in Version 1.11 described him as “defensive”, it seems wrong to call him a defensive player because Siegfried has few effective counter attacks.

Siegfried is not great at counter attacks, however we feel that Siegfried can fight with lesser risk when counter attacking the approaching opponent with Aggressive Onrush, or triggering a combo while dodging a vertical slash or overhead attack with Rising Splitter after side stepping etc. This is to illustrate the difference between a defensive fighting style and Nightmare’s high-risk, high rewards offensive style.

The difference between Nightmare and Siegfried will be more emphasised in the future updates, so that Siegfried’s strengths can be demonstrated more clearly in battles.

Q29.) Taki can trigger two kinds of throws during Possession. However, both grapple breaks are triggered by the same input. Why?

Prior to Version 1.11, a throw from Possession was built in such a way that there was only one kind of grapple break since the throw was made in between a succession of swift, continuous attacks and difficult to avoid. Since a throw during Possession is treated as a special command throw, Taki can start moving first even if the throw was unsuccessful.

In the next update, it will become easier for all characters to grapple break. With this change, Taki will lose an advantage which is why we are planning to divide the grapple break into 2 distinct types.

Q30.) Opponents are pushed away when using Soul Charge. Is it possible to pull them in so that the close-range characters can use it more easily?

In SOULCALIBUR VI, the Soul Charge is designed to thrust away opponents. Counter elements such as power increase, temporary pause of the battle timer have been added on top of the the thrust. A fundamental revision of the entire system is necessary if we were to change this behaviour.

Soul Charge gives the player various ways to fight. It could be used defensively to thrust the enemy away or offensively if activated on the edge of the stage. We will continue to update the game to expand the various Soul Charge tactics.

Q31.) I would like to be able to do warm up training while searching for a RANKED MATCH opponent.

Please set the ‘Standby Settings’ to ‘ON’ in Arcade or Training Mode.

Q32.) Prior to Version 1.10, Xianghua was known to have a high capability to ring out opponents. Since her ring out capability was nerfed, please buff something else. 

The ring out ability of Xianghua was not a main focus during development. However, after the launch of the game, we realised that players had fun with this ring out ability.

Even if we had to nerf other characters during balance adjustments, we would compensate by adding another interesting element. We are currently considering to accommodate this request in the next update.

Q33.) How do you decide the character line-ups?

Weapon usage is unique to, and considered the identity of SOULCALIBUR among fighting game genres. The weapons, variations of fighting styles and composition are first considered, then we look at how the character would integrate into the storyline and if it would appeal to the player.

Q34.) I would like to return directly to the stage selection screen after finishing a battle.

We are aware of the demand for this and currently looking into it.

Q35.) Please increase the number of stages.

We understand that fans are strongly requesting the stages from previous entries to be brought back in SOULCALIBUR VI. Each stage has its own strategies and tactics, thus we understand that there is a strong demand for more variety and fun. Within the team, we are considering this request.

Q36.) When Voldo’s Scarecrow (Facing away & during 8WAY-RUN  A) triggers a Lethal Hit during a specific stun combo, Lethal Hit effects are shown but follow up attacks are not possible. Why is that?

This is related to the mechanics of the game’s combo system where it doesn’t allow for the same stun effect to occur twice within a combo.  As we feel that the current behaviour is not ideal, we are currently looking into better solutions.

Q37.) I hear that the objective of adjustments is to fill in the gaps between Online and Offline Modes. In that case, will effects triggering timing or chaining speed (elements that require reacting to the movements of your opponent) be adjusted? What’s your take on input lag?

In fighting games where matches are held in real time and requires you to make judgments instantaneously, then input the next course of action, we realised that the existence of the input lag difference cannot be overlooked.

We understand the importance of observing the opponent’s movements and then deciding your next move, so we will continue to study and adjust the timings of various attack animations and character movements.

 Q38.) What I found fun from the previous titles was the online in-game chat in ‘Player Match’. It’s a pity the game does not have this function now as it will make communication easier. Will it be added in upcoming updates?

We really hesitated on how to proceed with the online related elements which existed in the previous title, including “Global Colosseo”.

For in-game chat, having both a chat feature and emotes would be ideal, but we ended up only implementing emotes during development.

Since this is a highly requested feature, we are considering it.

39.) Are there any plans for a future SOULCALIBUR World Tour?

We truly appreciate your request for a SOULCALIBUR World Tour. Even for titles like TEKKEN 7, organising a World Tour requires various adjustments and coordination among many parties. We will need a considerable amount of time for a SOULCALIBUR World Tour to happen.  At this point, we are unable to give a definite answer.

Q40.) I understand that Character Creation is an important element, however, attacks are sometimes hard to see. Can you add an option to remove custom characters from Ranked Match?

Separating the player base with this option would increase the matchmaking time and possibly give way to being matched against an opponent with a bigger difference in rank because the number of opponents that fit the search criteria would decrease. We regard Ranked Match as the place to showcase your character creations, so we are not planning on adding an option to remove custom characters from Ranked Match at the moment.

However, we are looking into a solution to players using custom characters to gain unfair advantages.

Q41.) In Offline battle, there are only two kinds of regular colors, P1 and P2, so the player’s personality can’t be expressed. Can you add more colours?  

We are currently looking into a way for players to express their personality even in Offline mode. Weapon selection is available in Update Version 1.20 and colour addition is being considered for future updates.

Q42.) When applying a sticker rotation in Character Creation, it is not possible to apply it to cover 360 degrees or the line remains on the joint. Is there any possibility to cover all around?

We have done the best we could during SOULCALIBUR VI’s development, but we will continue making an effort for further improvements.

Q43.) Is it possible to see how many people have downloaded and used the character I’ve created and shared online? 

Thank you for this very interesting question. We will consider its implementation when an opportunity arises.

Q44.) What kind of information is used as reference when making battle adjustments? 

We look at tournament battles from various locations as well as online battles between players, and use the information gathered to make adjustments and improvements. When doing so, we don’t refer only to the experienced players. We would like all players with different skills to continuously enjoy this title.

Q45.) Appeal is unintentionally triggered during battle.

Regarding this issue with Appeal unintentionally triggering when guarding or attacking, we will look into the input reception and commands.

Q46.) Maxi’s Neutral Guard (Alkaid) has a Guard Impact ability. However, even if I repel the opponent’s attack, I receive Reverse Impact and can’t follow up attacking. Why is that?

The fact that the opponent can trigger Reverse Impact when you repel the vertical slash with Neutral Guard (Alkaid) is an expected behaviour. It doesn’t mean that Maxi’s attack is guaranteed upon successful repelling. There is one more struggle against the opponent, and the counter is only guaranteed when Maxi has the Soul Gauge.

Q47.) Why don’t you ask the public to contribute character designs?

Thank you for the interesting suggestion! We will consider this.

Q48.) Could you tell us the DLC release timing? 

We plan to release the remaining 3 DLCs including Amy by end of this summer.

Q49.) Although Reversal Edge is a common system, the wind-up speed varies by character. Why are some easier to dodge than others?

Reversal Edge was designed as a general system to avoid all upper/ mid/ low attacks by triggering a “special guard”. Besides that, each character’s characteristics are strongly reflected. We will continue to adjust Reversal Edge and other common battle systems but will keep these character’s characteristics.

Q50.) Who is the strongest staff among the battle adjustment team?

Our battle adjustment team includes well known “Oosaka” or Mr “Shining Decopon” but other team members also possess deep knowledge and skills. It is difficult to say who is the strongest. We can’t share too much of the development team’s internal information but our members sometimes research the market trends through online. You might already have battled against them!