A free-to-play, PS3-exclusive entry into the Soul series, Soulcalibur: Lost Swords has now been made available for download worldwide on the PlayStation Network, as announced in a recent press release through the PlayStation Blog. The title first saw its release earlier this year in Japan, February 6th to be exact.
As with the previous games, Lost Swords features weapon-based combat and customisation options, as well as reintroducing a number of familiar characters — Siegfried Schtauffen, Heishiro Mitsurugi, Sophitia Alexandra and Taki, to name a few. However, certain other elements make their début in Lost Swords.
First and foremost, players will experience the game through Quest Mode, where they’ll progress through a series of quests to gain various items and tailor their character to their tastes — for example, clothing options and new weapons are there to be discovered, which will influence character stats and appearance. The game also introduces a support character feature, where players can upload their uniquely outfitted character online for others to download and temporarily use as an ally in battle. For every character of theirs “borrowed” in this manner, the player receives Friend Points in exchange, which serve as a means for additional bonuses.
Being a free-to-play title, microtransactions are a natural presence in Lost Swords; the game has drawn numerous comparisons to Tekken Revolution, Namco Bandai’s previous venture into the F2P model. As part of an on-going promotion by the development team, players will receive a set of in-game bonus items provided they log in within the first four weeks of release.
Source: PlayStation US Blog