You know the biggest news related to Soulcalibur V; and now you can see the game's biggest box. Namco Bandai revealed the book-style collector's edition for the game, which includes the usual soundtrack and art book, along with a making-of video and exclusive downloadable White Knight and Dark Knight (not that Dark Knight!) armor sets for the character creation mode.

The CE will be available alongside the standard edition on January 31. No price was given, but it looks classy, which no doubt adds a couple dollars to the total.

Speaking of class, Namco also unveiled a pre-order bonus from an as-yet-unspecified retailer: Dampierre, the Waluigi-looking fellow from Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny. You'll find lots of images of him, along with Ezio, new character Leixia, and returning characters Raphael and Nightmare, in our gallery.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NAMCO BANDAI GAMES ANNOUNCES SOULCALIBUR® V GUEST CHARACTER AND COLLECTOR'S EDITION BOX SET

The Order of Assassins Enters the World of SOULCALIBUR®

SAN JOSE, Calif., (October 21, 2011) – Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. and Ubisoft Entertainment today announced that Ezio Auditore from the critically acclaimed Assassin's Creed™ series will be a playable guest character in SOULCALIBUR® V for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system. This monumental collaboration will let players control Ezio and his wide range of assassination tools including a Roman Longsword, Stiletto, Crossbow, Hidden Gun and his trademark Hidden Blade. SOULCALIBUR V delivers exhilarating 3D fighting mechanics, breathtaking visuals, and new characters, as well as expanding the online and character creation modes. SOULCALIBUR V is poised to become the preeminent fighting game experience when it launches on January 31, 2012 for North America.

"We are very excited to bring two groundbreaking and influential franchises together with SOULCALIBUR and Assassin's Creed," said Carlson Choi, Vice President of Marketing for NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. "Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed series has captivated millions of fans around the world with its unique locations, story and gameplay mechanics. We are proud to now have Ezio Auditore as part of the SOULCALIBUR universe."

"SOULCALIBUR is renowned for including iconic characters and we're happy to see history's most famous master assassin Ezio will be joining their ranks in SOULCALIBUR V," said Tony Key, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Ubisoft. "We're excited to partner with NAMCO BANDAI in bringing two of the industry's biggest franchises together with Assassin's Creed and SOULCALIBUR."

SOULCALIBUR V will ship with a Collector's Edition which includes a music CD, making-of video content, hardcover art book and the Dark Knight and White Knight downloadable armor sets for Character Creation Mode.

Developed by the legendary Project Soul™ team, SOULCALIBUR V picks up 17 years after the events of SOULCALIBUR®IV with new heroes and returning warriors clashing in an epic showdown between good and evil. 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, refined battle systems, and stunning graphics, SOULCALIBUR V will be the top game of 2012 for anyone looking for a knock-down, drag-out fight.

For more information about SOULCALIBUR V, please visit: http://www.namcobandaigames.com, http://www.soulcalibur.com, and http://www.facebook.com/soulcalibur

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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