A remaster of the first Soulcalibur is reportedly in the works at Bandai Namco Entertainment. The acclaimed fighting game series has a long history in the gaming industry which all began with the PS1’s iconic Soul Blade (or Soul Edge). The series evolved into Soulcalibur and now it looks like Soulcalibur 1 is due for the remaster treatment, which could form part of a collection of Soulcalibur remasters.
The rumour originates from XboxEra’s Nick Baker who claimed that Bandai Namco is planning to remaster Soulcalibur 1. However, Nick’s sources left him confused about whether the company plans to remaster just the first game or the entire collection of older Soulcalibur titles. The leaker added that it might arrive day one on Xbox Game Pass as well.
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The first Soulcalibur released in 1998 but unlike its predecessor Soul Blade which achieved success on the PS1, this title was relegated to arcades before finding its way to Dreamcast in the late 90s. It would later become downloadable content on Xbox 360’s Live Marketplace and become backward compatible on Xbox One. Subsequent sequels would release on multiple platforms but the first entry is still limited to specific consoles.
As with all rumours and reports, take this with a pinch of salt. Nick’s track record of leaks hasn’t always been accurate so it’s possible that Bandai Namco might not be developing Soulcalibur remasters at this stage, though it makes sense considering the limited accessibility of the first game as well as the IP struggling to retain large player bases like Tekken, Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat.
Soulcalibur VI released in October 2018 and despite a huge marketing push with The Witcher‘s Geralt of Rivia as one of the highlighted guest characters, the sequel didn’t fare as well as Bandai Namco might’ve hoped. As of July 2021, the game sold around 2 million copies.