A report released this week in the US magazine GamePro has claimed that the third instalment of the widely acclaimed Soul Calibur series is being lined up as a PS2 exclusive. Furthermore, it looks like arriving sooner than we'd anticipated, with an autumn release date being bandied around. A pre-Christmas PAL release date still looks a tad optimistic.
Intriguingly, the report also goes on to describe how players will also (for the first time in the franchise) be able to actually create their own character, tweaking a wide range of options that stretches from weapons and gender to occupation and favourite ice cream flavour. Well, maybe not that last one (but there will be blood type, right!? - Ed.). According to the report, there'll be 25 fighters in all, with three new ones being added to those that gurned and grunted their way through Soul Calibur II. It'll take something to topple Kilik as PALGN's favourite, but we're open to newcomers.
Elsewhere, there's a clutch of new modes to be enjoyed , with 'Museum' being the one that piques our interest most, offering as it does a look back at the history of the consistently excellent series. 'Soul Arena' is another mode mentioned, though we'll confess we don't have the foggiest what that could be. It just seems a shame that only PS2 owners will be able to sample the game's delights.
Having said that, there's still a faint glimmer of hope - Namco actually refused to comment when we contacted them for their input on this story, so it could just be a load of old baloney. For the twenty-odd million Xbox and Gamecube owners out there, PALGN hopes so.