Soulcalibur Director Discusses Necrid Issues & The Importance Of Cosplay

By Ishaan . May 2, 2011 . 12:28pm

You can expect to hear “something” about the new Soulcalibur game around mid-May, but until then, here’s another tiny update from the game’s director, Daishi Odashima, via his Twitter feed.

 

First things first. An Odashima follower on Twitter recently pointed to Namco Bandai’s new teaser website that we reported last week, and asked Odashima what it was. To this, Odashima simply replied: “Guess what?” Not quite the answer one would hope for, but again, note that the website’s countdown is set to end around mid-May, which means it could possibly be related to Odashima’s Soulcalibur announcement.

 

Aside from teasing, Odashima has also been discussing various Soulcalibur characters with his followers. A fan linked Odashima to cosplay pictures of Ivy and Tira, voicing his approval of them. “Cosplay is actually important,” Odashima tweeted back in reply. “I read SE and SC1 characters were designed so that they were easy to recreate for cosplay!”

 

Odashima also discussed Ivy with a couple of other followers. One fan commented that Ivy’s moves tend to be showy, to which Odashima replied: “That’s why Ivy’s moves are difficult to create and it gives the motion designers a hard time.” To another fan who commented that iconic moves — involving whips in the case of Ivy — help convey a character’s uniqueness, Odashima said: “She is a ‘Dominatrix’ after all.”

 

Another fan voiced his opinion on Hilde. “Please change Hilde’s button charge moves to stick motions. Hard to do,” he requested of Odashima. To this, the director simply replied: “Practice makes perfect!”

 

Moving on, Necrid fans should note that they might be out of luck once again. The Todd McFarlane character that was introduced in Soulcalibur II — and was never seen in a Soulcalibur game again thereafter — probably won’t be making a return, according to Odashima, who admitted: “To be honest, that will be too hard to do due to copyright issues.”

 

Odashima also seemed interested in a very specific request by one of his fans, for individual characters to speak in their own language in the game. After making note of the request, Odashima jokingly asked, “What are we gonna do with Astaroth, lol.”

 

In one of the later tweets, Odashima thanked his followers for their opinions and input, assuring them that they were indeed helping shape the game’s development. “Thx for you’re tweets. It does make a different game,” Odashima tweeted. “But imagination is the key to create something new.”


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  • shy_mel

    I would like to hear the characters speaking their own languages, but I don’t see that happening. In Tekken and VF, Chinese characters speak Japanese and characters from South America and some non English speaking European countries speak English.

    • MarkMario

      Yes it seems a bit odd when half the characters speak Japanese while the others speak English in the cutscenes. I guess everyone in Tekken knows English and Japanese.

  • PrinceHeir

    “Odashima also seemed interested in a very specific request by one of his fans, for individual characters to speak in their own language in the game.”

    i read tekken tag 2 will be doing this, please don’t. i like Lili english voice nicely ^^

    “Moving on, Necrid fans should note that they might be out of luck once again. The Todd McFarlane character that was introduced in Soulcalibur II — and was never seen in a Soulcalibur game again thereafter — probably won’t be making a return, according to Odashima, who admitted: “To be honest, that will be too hard to do due to copyright issues.”

    Spawn seems to fit nicely in the universe, but yeah i don’t think McFarlane would approve of this now. maybe make a deal with him?

    • Draparde

      I think taking the Street fighter approch and allowing people to choose which language the character speaks in is a better approach (even if it’s that characters language, and the language the game is for)

      • PrinceHeir

        yeah dual audio would be nice or make it like MVC3. where all characters(at least the capcom side) can toggle either english or japanese individually.

  • z_merquise

    Let’s all hope that the new Soul Calibur game could be the best game in the series. I really love that the new director was really open to the fans.

    Also about this countdown teaser site, if ever it turned out to be a new Soul Calibur/Edge game, they should show maybe some artwork of the characters or screenshots of the game not just reveal the title and make us wait for real info in E3 and TGS.

  • Cloud_ST

    Well hearing Sigfried in german would still be cool regardless of not understanding anything he says lol.

  • nyoron

    Couldn’t they just come up with a brand new character, or even an obvious knock-off character with Necrid’s move set? Or do people want Necrid because they like Todd McFarlane?

  • http://chronotwist.deviantart.com/ JustThisOne

    It actually would be kinda cool to hear some of the characters speak their respective languages. I mean, Xianghua having a line or two of fluent mandarin would probably make my heart stop. <3

  • thaKingRocka

    I found Necrid fetid.

  • papuruka

    I laughed at that bit about Astaroth. I somehow imagined him havign a voice like one of those quicker zombies in Left 4 Dead :D

    Seriously, though, I think they should get Mike Patton to do Astaroth’s voice.

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