We're honestly a little disappointed that the debut trailer for SoulCalibur 2 HD Online doesn't welcome us back to anything, like say, a historical stage of some sort, but we are pretty jazzed about how good these updated character models and arenas look. We're also still looking for confirmation as to whether any souls still burn.

When the game launches on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 sometime this fall, its fresh online mode will be powered by "brand new netcode overseen by the Project Soul development team," according to the press release tucked away after the break. The game will also feature every mode from the original version, including the epic single-player "Weapon Master" mode and its dozens of hours of infuriatingly difficult content.
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NAMCO BANDAI GAMES AMERICA INC. ANNOUNCES SOULCALIBUR II HD ONLINE FOR 2013 ON XBOX 360 AND PLAYSTATION 3 SYSTEM



SOULCALIBUR II Celebrates Its 10 Year Anniversary with New Online Battles and Updated HD Graphics



SAN JOSE, Calif., (July 19, 2013) – Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announced SOULCALIBUR® II® HD Online, available on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®Network for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. Heralded as one of the best fighting games of all-time, SOULCALIBUR II returns to consoles this year with crisp new high definition graphics and all-new online modes in celebration for its 10-year anniversary.



Developed by PROJECT SOUL®, the elite development team at NAMCO BANDAI Studios Inc., SOULCALIBUR II HD Online reimagines the beloved title by adding online multiplayer support to the title as well as vibrant updated graphics to take advantage of modern high definition TVs. For the first time ever, players will be able to square off against opponents from around the world with their favorite SOULCALIBUR II characters such as Ivy, Taki, Mitsurugi, Talim, Maxi and more. The online infrastructure will feature brand new netcode overseen by the PROJECT SOUL development team. SOULCALIBUR II HD Online will also come with the multitude of modes found in the original release including: Arcade, Survival, VS Battle, Time Attack, Survival, Team Battle, Practice and Weapon Master.



"For more than a decade the SOULCALIBUR franchise has been one of the preeminent head-to-head fighting franchises for consoles," said Chris Gilbert, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. "SOULCALIBUR II HD Online lets fans relive an important chapter of the series' history with beautifully enhanced graphics and new online gameplay."



For more information about SOULCALIBUR II HD Online and the entire lineup of NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. titles, please visit: http://www.namcobandaigames.com and http://www.facebook.com/namcobandaigames.



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This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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