Yes, Soulcalibur V is going to have a guest character. While he didn’t say who it is, game director, Daishi Odashima, tweeted a few hours ago: “Just to tell you, the guest character has already been decided. I can’t say anything else because we have deals with the other company.”
Who does Odashima want to include as guests personally? “Personally, FF characters,” Odashima said in one tweet. “I’m Japanese so the first thing I think of are Japanese games.” Back in January, Odashima said that his criteria for guest characters were: “It’s popular (from any genre), Uses weapons; Matches the SC atmosphere.”
Of course, that doesn’t mean that Final Fantasy characters were necessarily the ones that made the cut. For their part, some of Odashima’s followers on Twitter have been suggesting guests like Lightning and Cloud from Final Fantasy, and Devil May Cry’s Dante. Hmm…I’m not sure Lightning and Cloud “match the SC atmosphere”. Dante, however, shouldn’t have too much trouble.
Keep in mind, the guest character may not even have been Odashima’s call at all. Namco Bandai higher-ups may have had their own ideas for who to include, and Yoda and Darth Vader in Soulcalibur IV certainly weren’t the best match for the game.
Odashima spent some time yesterday fine-tuning Soulcalibur V’s characters and adjusting their values. “I’m currently working on Pyrrah’s balance,” he revealed. “Patroklos seems stronger at the moment.” That confirms Pyyrah for Soulcalibur V. Looking at the Alexandra family tree, Pyrrah is Patroklos’ sister and the daughter of Sophita and Rothion.