Bandai Namco and CD PROJEKT RED announced today that Geralt of Rivia will be joining the playable character roster of the long-waited weapon-based 3D fighting game SOULCALIBUR VI. Players who choose to fight as Geralt will utilise The Witcher’s signature fighting style with a combination of swordplay, ability-enhancing potions, and combat magic.
Doug Cockle, the English voice of Geralt of Rivia, returns in SOULCALIBUR VI to reprise the role. Gamers will also be able to fight in Kaer Morhen, home keep of the School of the Wolf. Accompanying players in battle will be “Hunt or be Hunted”, an iconic composition from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt soundtrack.
Marcin Momot, Community Lead at CD PROJEKT RED, said:
“SOULCALIBUR is well known in the fighting games genre for including iconic guest characters. When we were approached with the idea of doing a crossover, we thought our community would really enjoy playing as the witcher. We’ve collaborated with BANDAI NAMCO artists to faithfully recreate Geralt, and shared original Witcher 3 assets like Geralt’s model, animations, and weapons. I think BANDAI NAMCO did an outstanding job of capturing all the details and introducing The Witcher to SOULCALIBUR in a way fans of both series will enjoy.”
What I find really interesting here is that Geralt looks – visually – worse than The Witcher 3. Moreover, the lighting system of SoulCalibur VI also appears to be inferior to the one used in The Witcher 3. SoulCalibur 6 is powered by Unreal Engine 4 so we were expecting way better visuals than those showcased, so here is hoping that the final version will look better.
SOULCALIBUR producer, Motohiro Okubo, added:
“All SOULCALIBUR characters have strong convictions and complex backgrounds and this is why it is a great honor for the whole SOULCALIBUR team to welcome Geralt as the guest character in SOULCALIBUR VI. Thanks to the great cooperation with CD PROJEKT RED, we’ve been able to fully integrate Geralt’s fighting style and appearance. We can’t wait for SOULCALIBUR fans around the world to welcome Geralt to the stage of History.”