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Namco Bandai Games Announces Release Date For Soulcalibur IV

April 16, 2008

NAMCO BANDAI GAMES ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR SOULCALIBUR IV

Limited Premium Edition Will Also Be Available at Launch

Leading video game publisher and developer, NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., proudly announced today that Soulcalibur® IV will be simultaneously available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system nationwide on July 29, 2008. A limited Premium Edition package, which includes exclusive content not available anywhere else in North America, will also be available at launch while supplies last.

“We are excited to bring Soulcalibur IV into the next-generation as it continues the legacy of raising the bar of excellence with its visual brilliance and pulse-pumping action,” said Todd Thorson, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, NAMCO BANDAI Games America. “Combining a definitive fighting game experience with the tremendous bonus content of the Premium Edition, Soulcalibur IV will be the centerpiece to every owner's videogame library.”

The Soulcalibur IV Premium Edition will be jam-packed with exclusive content that is a must for any Soulcalibur aficionado. Packaged within a collector’s metal case, the Premium Edition will include the standard version of Soulcalibur IV, an exclusive comic/art book that is a prequel to this latest iteration, a tournament kit, as well as a bonus redemption card which unlocks extra customization content not available anywhere else in the US. The inclusion of the tournament kit will give fans the opportunity to document the battle amongst friends, revealing the true weapon master and giving the victor ultimate bragging rights.

The highly anticipated Soulcalibur IV provides a true next generation fighting experience with new finishing moves and an innovative battle system that promises to revolutionize the genre. Set to finally reveal the origins of the Soulcalibur saga, the game features both new and familiar faces from across the galaxy who seeks the rival swords for their own goals. Continuing the tradition of breaking new boundaries, legendary Star Wars™ icons Darth Vader and Yoda invade the Soulcalibur universe to add a new layer of depth, challenge, and mystery. Also for the first time in the franchise, customized characters or original favorites can be taken online to challenge others for the top spot of this timeless series.

Soulcalibur IV boasts the following features:

  • Ever Expanding Roster – The lineup of weapon wielding characters grows with new fighters

  • Hilde – A striking armor-clad fighter who wields a short sword and spear making her adept at both long range strikes and short range combos

  • Scheherazade and Angol Fear – Two alluring bonus characters created specifically for the game by renowned manga artists and character designers

  • Unparalleled High Definition Graphics – Experience the legendary Soulcalibur high visual standard now in HD resolution for the first time

  •  Take the Fight Online – For the first time ever, fight opponents around the world online in multiple versus modes

  • New Fighting System Elements:

  • New to the Soulcalibur franchise, experience non-stop matches where opponents will try to defeat players one right after another. How enemies are strategically defeated is the key to longevity.

  • Critical Finish – Slowly fill the Soul gauge to unleash a devastating finishing move to defeat enemies once and for all with spectacular effects!

  • Equipment Destruction - Now the wages of battle are shown as protective armor can be broken off and visible lacerations of clothing can be seen.

  • • Multiple Gameplay Modes – Experience Soulcalibur in Story, Arcade, Tower of Lost Souls, Training, Character Creation, and Museum modes

The Soulcalibur IV standard edition will carry a suggested MSRP of $59.99 and the limited Premium Edition will be available for $79.99. Both versions will be in retail stores throughout North America on July 29, 2008. For more information on Soulcalibur IV, please visit: http://www.namcobandaigames.com  or www.soulcalibur.com

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