Trivia / Soul Series

  • Actor Allusion: In SCIV, Darth Vader fights Mitsurugi in his intro and as a Destined Battle. Toshiyuki Morikawa, Mitsurugi's voice actor, is also the Japanese dub voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
  • B-Team Sequel: V was the first game not created under the lead of founder Hiroaki Yatoriyama. Instead, it was led by Daishi Odashima, resulting in why V was so different from the other games in tone, story, and characters. Now, Daishi is gone, and a yet-to-be-confirmed VI will be made by Masaki Hoshino (who created Lost Swords and Unbreakable Soul).
  • Creator Backlash: Namco threw Patroklos Alexander under the bus during the popularity poll, saying that they were "impressed" that the hero of SCV placed so low, even below characters like Dampierre. For the record, he placed #37 out of 45 characters with only 32 votes received out of over 8000 that were cast. What this says about his chances of returning in future installments remains to be seen.
  • Executive Meddling: The reason we didn't get to see Project Soul's vision for V come to fruition. A few years in, Namco cut PS's funding and staff and then forced Project Soul to release SCV early in order to capitalize on the relatively weak end-of-January market. What Could Have Been, indeed...
  • Fan Nickname: There are quiet a lot of these made up by the fandom — "Sieg/Sieggy", "Soph/Sophie", "Cass/Cassie", "Raph", and "Mitsu" are some prominent examples. Xianghua is often just called "X" due to the difficulty in spelling her name.
    • In V, fans came up with "Patsuka/Petsuka" for Alpha Patroklos and "Oprah" for Pyrrha Omega.
    • As a carryover from Tekken, Yoshimitsu is usually called Yoshi for short, but his successor, Yoshimitsu the Second from SCV, is alternatively known as Yoshi II or, for extra punnage, Yoshimitwo.
  • Running the Asylum: V, being the first game whose creation was not led by founder Hiroaki Yatoriyama, definitely had this feel. Daishi Odashima was the one who made the decision to do the 17 year Time Skip, which replaced many series veterans with more anime-inspired successors, and the story revolved around Patroklos, son of Sophitia, in his quest to save his sister Pyrrha. Many pointed out that it felt more like personal fan fiction becoming reality, as opposed to being a true sequel to Soulcalibur (he did want to call it Soul Edge II, after all). Now, Daishi is gone, and in his place is Masaki Hoshino. Only time will tell what he will do with the franchise as a whole.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Project Soul originally wanted a Dead or Alive character, likely Kasumi, to be exclusive to the Xbox version of Soulcalibur II as the DOA series was exclusive to the brand at the time, but couldn't get the rights due to Itagaki's feud with Namco over the Tekken series. As a result they got Spawn to be the Xbox guest character, since they were already partnered with Todd MacFarlane to create One-Shot Character Necrid.
    • Dante was supposed to be a Guest Fighter in III.
    • Due to Executive Meddling, as mentioned above, Soul Calibur V was only ¼ finished when it was released. The resulting Obvious Beta was met with a great deal of backlash.
    • Zasalamel's IV model was found on-disc when V was hacked, hinting that he may have been in the game before being removed due to time constraints.


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