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The Force is Strong with SOULCALIBURR IV

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NAMCO BANDAI Games and LucasArts Announce Landmark Partnership
> LAS VEGAS, Nevada, (January 9, 2008) - Swords and Lightsabers will be
> drawn as NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. and LucasArts today announced
> that iconic Star Wars characters will appear in Soulcalibur(r) IV for
> the PLAYSTATION(r)3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360(r) video
> game and entertainment system from Microsoft. As part of this
> monumental collaboration, the Sith Lord Darth Vader will appear as a
> guest character in the PLAYSTATION3 system version of the title, and
> Jedi Master Yoda will be available for the Xbox 360. Delivering a
> robust offering of new gameplay modes and enhanced features, Soulcalibur
> IV will raise the bar of excellence for all next-generation fighting
> games when it is released in Summer 2008.
> "It is quite rare that two publishers of this caliber are able to
> collaborate on this level to create a top notch entertainment experience
> for next-generation platforms." said Makoto Iwai, executive vice
> president and COO at NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. "In the
> entertainment industry, LucasArts possesses some of the most
> recognizable characters and franchises in the world. We're thrilled to
> integrate their historic characters into one of our most treasured
> brands"
> "We're very excited to work with NAMCO BANDAI and be a part of their
> efforts to take Soulcalibur to the next level," said Kevin Kurtz,
> director of marketing at LucasArts. "Adding our iconic Star Wars
> characters to NAMCO BANDAI's great game franchise is a match made in
> heaven, and we think Darth Vader and Yoda will be formidable opponents
> in the game."
> In Soulcalibur IV, the epic struggle between the spirit sword, Soul
> Calibur, and the cursed sword, Soul Edge, continues with revelations
> about this ongoing story as fighters from across the galaxy seek the
> powerful swords for their own goals and to face the ultimate judgment.
> Propelling the franchise into the next-generation, Soulcalibur IV flexes
> its graphical muscles to shows its visual brilliance with a new look for
> both allies and enemies.
> Shown in true high-definition graphics, Soulcalibur IV offers an
> entirely new battle system that promises to revolutionize the fighting
> game genre. Featuring an expanded customization mode, Soulcalibur IV
> allows players to personalize a character to look and perform as they
> desire. 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. Developed by Project Soul, the
> legendary team behind Soul Blade(r) and Soulcalibur(r) I-III,
> Soulcalibur IV is set to reinvent the brand and reintroduce the fighting
> genre to new and existing fans alike.
> For more information about Soulcalibur IV, please visit
> http://www.namcobandaigames.com .


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