The advancement from Soul Blade into Soul Calibur ushered in a new era for 3D fighting games that broadened what the genre, but you can’t really get your hands on it anymore.
That may changing in the not too distant future, however, if we are to believe a new rumor that a remaster or collection is currently being worked on over at Bandai Namco.
The source of this claim comes from Xbox Era co-founder and industry insider Shpeshal Nick on the latest episode of the podcast.
Nick claims around the 2 hour and 9 minute mark he’s heard from one of his sources that Bandai Namco is developing a Soul Calibur Remaster project, but they apparently didn’t specify what exactly that would include.
It could just be a new version of the original Sega Dreamcast game although fans would obviously much prefer Soul Calibur 2 (and maybe even Soul Calibur 3, please?) bundled in a collection together.
Bandai Namco don’t hold back from making collections out of their anime arena fighters like Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm. More traditional fighters have been a bit of a different story for a while now, however.
They did previously release Soul Calibur and Soul Calibur 2 HD back on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 a couple of console generations back, so there used to be an simple way to access the classics.
The first 2 Soul Calibur titles are also included in Xbox’s Backwards Compatibility program, but since they were de-listed from digital stores last year, there’s currently no way to purchase them.
It would make sense that Bandai Namco would take down the old versions of their titles if they’re planning to put out the new shiny edition at some point.
We only have the one guy making a claim from a reported source though thus far, so take all of this with a healthy grain of salt and don’t get your hopes up too high yet.
If a Soul Calibur remaster is going to be a reality soon, that could hopefully open the door to a much requested Tekken remaster collection in the future too.