SoulCalibur: Lost Swords, Namco’s Next Free-to-Play Game

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PlayStation 3 will again thrill the gaming geeks out there as the company gets another crack of freebie from Namco Bandai.
Namco Bandai has announced its latest free-to-play PS3 games, the long-running fighting series SoulCalibur.

The free-to-play model, inspired by smartphones, has become the latest trend for the next generation consoles which gamers definitely enjoy.

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Just like Tekken Revolution, Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation, Ridge Racer: Driftopia and Ace Combat: Infinity, SoulCalibur is Namco Bandai’s newest attempt at free-to-play. The first F2P Soulcalibur will be released exclusively over PlayStation.

Let’s hope that this game will do wonders and have a good reception towards the critics and gamers as reports say that it has no multiplayer option, not-so-good news for those who want to play with their friends. The already released Tekken Revolution had mixed reactions from gamers and while Gundam are aimed at Japanese market, SoulCalibur, on the latest update, will be coming to Europe with Siegfried and Mitsurugi as two of the confirmed playable characters. Hopefully it comes to North America too.

Aside from SoulCalibur, Namco Bandai has also announced Ridge Racer Driftopia’s PC version which is now available on Steam Early Access. Its beta version has been closed last month.

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