Look, there’s nothing wrong with Soulcalibur VI’s single confirmed guest character. Geralt of Rivia, esteemed slayer of monsters and men and star of the Witcher series of novels and video games, is an excellent choice. His steel and silver swords, powerful spells, and general badassery make him a compelling addition to the Soulcalibur Universe. Not to mention, there’s plenty of room to explore dimensional travel within his own universe. And, if the Project Soul developers know their audience as well as we suspect, some fun to be had writing some clever exchanges between Geralt and Soulcalibur’s noteworthy roster of leading ladies. But there’s a queue, Geralt, and somehow you’ve magically jumped to the front of it.
For years, there have been a handful of glaringly obvious guest character choices who have been passed over time and time again in favor of… Yoda? Heihachi? There are more hits than misses in Soulcalibur’s history of guest appearances, but c’mon. So instead, we here at Twinfinite have used Patented Fighting Game Science™ to create a shortlist of the six most deserving guest characters for the upcoming Oct. 19 release of Soulcalibur VI. The criteria?
- Have an actual weapon. No fisticuffs (looking at you, Heihachi)
- Some degree of thematic appropriateness
- Application of Soul Charge (a powered-up state)
Kratos (God of War 2018)
Yes, we know Kratos has already appeared in a Soulcalibur game. And if you didn’t know, that’s exactly why he’s included here; no one played Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny. Also, with the release of God of War 2018, Kratos (a) has a convenient plot device for reappearing via the World Tree as an interdimensional terminator; (b) has access to the Leviathan Axe which could be thrown and recalled mid-combo to great effect. Also, because fatherhood has only exacerbated his anger issues, Rage of the Gods makes for an appropriate Soul Charge. Obviously, as a first-party Sony property, he’d likely be a PS4 exclusive.