SoulCalibur Franchise seems to be in trouble as the developer of the game has revealed to Dualshockers that the upcoming SoulCalibur VI might be last one in the franchise if the game does not perform well after release. This does not come as a surprise because the last game in the franchise, SoulCalibur V was released six years ago.
In an exclusive interview with Dualshockers, the producer of the game Motohiro Okubo said that the company was not at all interested in making another SoulCalibur game because the last few games did not perform well. It took a great deal of effort to convince them to finally make a new SoulCalibur because the team wanted one last try at making a new game.
If this game does not perform well after its release, we can all well say good bye to the series as the company will axe the franchise for sure. His official words to Dualshockers on this are
The first thing is that the IP itself of the SoulCalibur franchise had low expectations from the company. It was actually facing a crisis of maybe disappearing. It took time for me to convince the company.
He also stated that by giving out this statement, he is not blackmailing the fans of the series or other people to buy the game or else the franchise is going to be shut down. The team behind SoulCalibur is making one final push to create the best game in the series as they have nothing to lose and this is what they wanted to do.
His official statements to Dualshockers are
Since the SoulCalibur brand is facing a crisis, we have nothing to lose, so we just decided to do what we want to do.
We don’t want to blackmail the users by saying that it could be the last one, but as it is, yes.
SoulCalibur started out in 1995 with the release of the original SoulCalibur on PlayStation One console. It has since seen many titles in the franchise and up to SoulCalibur V, the series was pretty consistent with new titles but after the launch of the fifth title, the franchise died and it disappeared in the shadows with no news of the next title.
We can see by the producer’s official statement that the developers indeed wanted a new title but the company was not interested after seeing the poor performance of the previous titles. Now, the developers have been working hard on the sixth main title in the franchise and it is due to come out on October 19, 2018.
The game looks amazing so far and we really hope that it performs up to the expectations of the developers otherwise this will be the end of another amazing gaming franchise from our childhood.
SoulCalibur VI will come out on PS4, PC and Xbox One and the developers have hinted at a potential Nintendo Switch port as well.