Remember that screenshot that hit the internet a couple of days ago showing Ezio from the Assassins Creed series as a playable character in the new SoulCalibur game. Well it turns out that it did have some truth in it.

Namco Bandai Games Europe and Ubisoft have today announced that Ezio Auditore will be a playable guest character in Soul Calibur V for PlayStation 3.
He will come with all his trademark moves from the Creed series including the Roman Longsword, Stiletto, Crossbow, Hidden gun and his trademark Hidden blade.

It’s no surprise really considering the number of guest characters that have appeared in previous instalments, but it does beg the question, could we see other guest characters appearing in V?

Namco and Ubisoft also announed that the game is set for a European release on February 3rd 2012.

“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”.

They also went on to announce a special edition of the game which will include a specially designed ‘book’ box, a high quality art book, original soundtrack CD, the making-of DVD, a DLC card for the Black Knight and Paladin armor sets, plus original artwork and letter on reproduction parchment paper signed by the team at Project Soul.  And if that wasn’t enough fans who pre-order SoulCalibur V at participating retailers will exclusively receive Dampierre from SoulCalibur Broken Destiny as a playable character on day one.

This all sounds very exciting, will you be picking up the special edition or just the regular edition, and is there any other characters you would love to see appear in the game? Let us know in the comments below.

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