Namco Bandai's announced Soul Calibur V, a "true sequel" in the Soul series that will be arriving on PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2012.
Producer Hisaharu Tago told press at a Dubai showcase this morning that the new game takes place 17 years after the last and will feature returning characters as well as new ones.
Various elements of the battle system have been improved and new elements added to make the game more exciting, he said, plus online and character creation features have been expanded.
The game's producer also confirmed to CVG this morning that the fifth game will again feature characters from other company's franchises, similar to the Star Wars fighters of Soul Calibur IV.
"Soul Calibur V is set to advance the series' legacy of white-knuckled weapon-based combat, beautiful graphics and groundbreaking features, entrancing newcomers and long-time fans alike," the PR reads.
"The tale of Patroklos, son of Sophitia Alexandra, unfolds as his family's destiny intertwines with the Soul swords. With the series revolutionary 8-way run, allowing for true 3D movement during matches, a refined battle system, and stunning graphics, Soul Calibur V will be the top game of 2012 for anyone looking for a knock-down, drag-out fight."
The publisher also showed a teaser trailer for the game, which featured no gameplay what-so-ever.