Soulcalibur VI is set to bring back the fan-favorite franchise in a big way, and Bandai Namco is teasing out what you can expect from the game with a series of reveal trailers that show off the characters. Their latest one features a long-time veteran and fan-favorite character, Taki.
Taki is a ninja who has been in all but one of the main Soulcalibur games (Soulcalibur V), so seeing her return is a welcome sight in more ways than one. As her gameplay trailer shows, Taki is in peak form in terms of her skills and acrobatics. She uses her twin swords Rekki-Maru and Mekki-Maru to carve up her opponents, and her ninja speed and agility to move around her foes to deliver some powerful strikes. She also appears to have some very powerful energy attacks, including her final move where she traps a foe in energy, then stabs them with one of her swords to cause them to explode.
Visually, Taki looks about the same, with the exception of her wearing a mask this go around. The mask is a reference to her Japanese heritage and ironically looks like something a Samurai would wear and not a ninja, but hey, we're not here to judge. Speaking of not judging, for those who like Taki for her figure, you'll be happy with the latest model for sure.
Taki is now the 11th character to be confirmed for Soulcalibur VI. The other ten includes the veteran Siegfried, Ivy, Zasalamel, Sophitia, Mitsurugi, Nightmare, Xianghua, and Kilik. Meanwhile, we also have a new character in the form of Groh, who seems to be very important to the story at large, but we're unsure as of yet. Then, as a surprise guest character, we get to play as Geralt of Rivia, aka The Witcher.
With 11 characters so far, it's going to be interesting to see how big the Soulcalibur VI roster grows. There is a lot of potential for a big roster, but that'll be up to Bandai Namco, plus, they could decide to bring in more new characters like Groh in order to shake things up even more. The whole game seems to be a shakeup for the series, if for no other reason than the title is technically set in the time period of the first game, which is why characters like Mitsurugi and Sophitia are so youthful looking (whereas in more recent games they had either gotten much older or were surpassed by their children). This also explains why Siegfried and Nightmare aren't the same characters at the moment.
The other mysteries of the game concern the gameplay. For while what we've seen feels like true Soulcalibur gameplay, there are some oddities that people have noticed. For example, apparently, the corrupting influence of Soul Edge is going to affect certain characters. Such as in the Kilik trailer when he went into a berserker mode and turned his bow staff into a spear.
There's no release date for Soulcalibur VI as of yet, but, the game is slated to release later this year.