“Is Taki Returning?” And Other Musings From Soulcalibur V’s Director

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It’s time for another quick round of Soulcalibur V updates from director Daishi Odashima, now referred to as “Odashima-sensei” by some of his more loyal followers. Let’s see what he has to say.


“Reason why we don’t have crowds in the background is because of the game system (ring outs etc) and they slow down the processing speed,” Odashima started out. Soon after, he commented on whether or not Taki would be returning for Soulcalibur V:


“Is Taki returning? Well you know, she’s getting a little old. But then again ninja’s are like super humans… hmm..”


Following that, Odashima tweeted the artwork above, created by character designer, Takuji Kawano for an older Soulcalibur game, along with the image the right. You can click on both to view them enlarged.


He then commented on Hwang’s absence from Soulcalibur V: “There is no data here to say Hwang is popular. [Tekken producer] Harada-san was told the same ages ago. It’s hard to judge cos popularity changes with time…” Odashima also emphasized that he checks fan forums, but that accepting requests word for word often doesn’t bring the best results. “We need to filter the info,” Odashima stated.


Finally, Odashima also commented on a recent screenshot of Soulcalibur V revealed in a recent issue of the Electronic Gaming Monthly magazine:


“By the way, the girl in the in-game screen shot is Pyrrah,” Odashima said. “Facial expressions haven’t been added yet so the quality will improve further!”

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