Okay, *This* Is Patroklos’ Final Player 2 Costume Design For Soulcalibur V

By Ishaan . June 21, 2011 . 9:26am

Last week, Soulcalibur V director, Daishi Odashima, revealed concept art for new lead character Patroklos’ Player 2 costume. The outfit, he later commented, looked too similar to Saint Seiya from the popular Japanese anime, so Odashima decided to go with a more royal-looking backup design instead.


However, Twitter feedback indicated to Odashima that the first design was proving to be more popular with Soulcalibur fans. In view of this, the development team are reverting to the first design, with a few modifications, pictured to the right.


“Seems like the Saint Seiya-ish design is more popular. I’d like to add both outfits but the model designer will kill me!” Odashima joked on his feed. He later followed up with the above illustration, elaborating: “After much discussion we’ve decided to go with this outfit. People in the team think I’m a Saint Seiya fan now lol.”


One follower expressed that he’d like to see 3 or 4 outfits per character in Soulcalibur V. To this, Odashima replied: “That’s very difficult to do!”


As you would expect, he also made the time to comment on a few other aspects of Soulcalibur V. Win poses, for instance, might be skippable, judging by Odashima’s comments on the matter. “Agree,” he tweeted to one fan that suggested the idea of skippable win poses. “It annoys me each time. Why can’t we skip them?”


The subject of Weapon Demonstration videos came up as well. These were in Soulcalibur III, but weren’t included in Soulcalibur IV. Odashima explained: “Personally I like them but they take a lot of time to create. After motion capture the animators must hand create them so if we include them, we need to sacrifice a few new moves.”


Finally, with regard to more interesting stage designs in Soulcalibur V, Odashima simply stated: “I have some ideas brewing in my head!”

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  • They make it sound like being a Saint Seiya fan is a bad thing!

    A-anyway, to a more relevant degree; liking the sheath in the sword concept.

    • Seriously, is that some kind of declaration to fight every Saint Seiya fan in online matches now?

      • If it were, the creators’ would mock us by using special “them only” alternate costumes. One in which Patroklos is wearing a perfect mirrored set of Saint Seiya armor.

  • Yeah, this is probably the best overall. And personally, I’ll go for new moves over weapon demonstration videos, thank you very much.

  • Syltique

    This is the worst of the 3 in my opinion.

    Also kind of annoying to hear him talk about how difficult it is to have weapon demonstrations when they were in the first 3 games, and extra costumes which are in lots of other games; especially when the game looks near identical to Soul Calibur 4 right now.

    I was really excited about this initially, but I’m slowly accepting the fact that this probably won’t be as good as SC2. This guy gets an A+ for fan interaction and communication, but somehow he’s missed the only message most fans wanted to send him – “make this like SC2.”

    • In other words, you liked the helmet and shield more?

      • Syltique

        Yeah, I liked the helmet and shield more.  And I thought the red one with the hat and saber was the best alternate.

        • Bleh. Didn’t care for the helm or shield in the least.
          Though, it’s rather undeniable that the red one was the best…

    • Bakuryukun

      It IS annoying to hear the truth about how game development has restraints other than creative ideas. Like budget and allotted time are big ones.

  • Belenger

    So, no more “The Red Comet?”
    _| ̄|○

  • AzureNova

    Much better than last outfit that’s for sure.

  • Guest

    Good choice.

  • Works for me.

  • u sure?

  • xxx128

    RIP SoulCalibur 1998-2011
    I am surprised they dont outsource this to some rather shabby european dev studio.

  • Testsubject909

    Am I the only one who read “Okay, this is Patroklos’ Final Fantasy 2 costume design for Soul Calibur 5”?

    Because honestly, the imagery and the title made me think of just that…

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