I pre-ordered my copy of Soul Calibur IV tonight. Only one week until the saga continues. I’m was already pretty psyched when I heard that SCIV would be on the XBox 360/PS3 generation of consoles, especially when I heard that online competition modes were included. However, a couple of weeks ago I heard about the “special guest” characters introduced in this release: Yoda, Darth Vader, and an as yet un-named, but distinctly Anakin Skywalker looking additional balance Jedi. Yoda will be featured in the XBox 360 version of the game, whereas Darth Vader will appear in the PS3 version. While I don’t support console-specific content as I only own one of them, I do like the idea of the hope vs fear concept they have come up with.
The pre-order cost $5.00 and counts towards the final game price. As part of the pre-order I also got an 18–month desk calendar featuring several of the more popular characters on each of the months.
It’s pretty rare that I’ll pre-order a game purely based on my faith of how good it’s going to be. However, I loved Soul Calibur III and have seen only good things in the previews and hands-on sessions with the development team so far. Here’s hoping that it lives up to my rather lofty expectations. Either way, I’m pretty stoked for next Tuesday and the return of my SC domination with Siegfried.