Hwang Seong-gyeong was one of the original characters in Soul Edge, and he made his return in Soulcalibur. While he was missing in action from Soulcalibur II, he returned in the game after that, and went MIA during Soulcalibur IV again.
It turns out that Korean swordmaster won’t be in Soulcalibur V either, according to director, Daishi Odashima, who wrote on Twitter: “OK, I’ll be straight with everyone. Sorry but Hwang won’t be in this time round.”
The last time he discussed the game, Odashima revealed that Soul Crushe moves wouldn’t make it into Soulcalibur V, as he felt they were “no good”. One fan, however, argued that he liked how Soul Crushes prevented players from over-blocking, to which Odashima replied: “Soul crush and critical finishes are 2 separate things. Being able to break guards isn’t a bad thing.”