Soulcalibur V dated, collector’s edition announced; Ezio, Dampierre confirmed

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Following rumors that Assassin’s Creed‘s Ezio Auditore would make a guest appearance in Soulcalibur V, Namco Bandai has confirmed the guest star’s appearance. Dampierre, who made his debut in PSP’s Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny, was also confirmed for the fighter.

Ezio will use his “wide range of assassination tools including a Roman Longsword, Stiletto, Crossbow, Hidden gun and his trademark Hidden blade.” Dampierre, available day one as a pre-order bonus, uses his “Ludovigo of the Broken Demonic Sword, Alphard the One-Eyed Bombshell, and Gisele the Lady Bandit.”

“The entrance of Assassin’s Creed into the Soulcalibur universe is an historic meeting of two of the most revered and influential game series,” said Olivier Comte, Senior Vice President at Namco Bandai Partners. “Ezio has captured the imaginations of millions of fans around the world, and it will be very exciting to see how his lightning fast moves stand up to the mighty swordplay of Soulcalibur’s finest.”

“We are thrilled to see Ezio enter the world of Soulcalibur, as we believe the values of both brands fit together” said Geoffroy Sardin, EMEA Chief Marketing and Sales Officer at Ubisoft. “We think that this partnership will bring a great new gameplay experience to both Soulcalibur and Assassin’s Creed fans”.

Soulcalibur V will be released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in North America on January 31, 2012 and in Europe on February 3. A collector’s edition box set will be available, including a high-quality art book, original soundtrack CD, a making-of DVD, a DLC card for Black Knight and Paladin armor sets, original artwork and letter on reproduction parchment paper signed by the team at Project Soul. A price was not announced.

View screenshots of Ezio and Dampierre, as well as the game’s final box art and collector’s edition, at the gallery. Trailers for the pair can be seen below.

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