Soulcalibur VI is getting a new guest character. Bandai Namco announced that 2B, one of the main protagonists of 2017's NieR: Automata, will be joining the roster. According to her character trailer, 2B will come complete with an alternate outfit, her own stage, and background music.
Meet 2B from @SquareEnix's NieR: Automata! This YoRHa android and her dual swords will be making their way to the #SOULCALIBURVI, along with her own stage & background music.— Bandai Namco US (@BandaiNamcoUS) October 27, 2018
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2B is an unexpected, welcome surprise. Soulcalibur VI launched with one guest star: Geralt of Rivia from The Witcher series. While Geralt was an excellent choice, the game could have used at least one more popular guest character to bring in newcomers to the series. 2B is a good choice, hailing from a widely talked about game. NieR: Automata released in 2017 to acclaim. In 2018, it was ported to Xbox One and achieved a score of 90 on Metacritic. Its gameplay is fast-paced, and the story is fascinating, with a level of depth Square Enix is known for. With 2B coming soon to Soulcalibur VI, many fans of Automata will be going to pick up the fighting title. This will be 2B's first appearance outside her game.
Soulcalibur VI has done well critically. The fighting title has a score of 84 on Metacritic, putting it above a couple of other recent fighting titles, such as Tekken 7 and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. However, sales is another story. According to 4Gamer.net, Media Create states that Soulcalibur VI debuted at third in the Japanese chart. Second place was Super Mario Party, which sold over 10,000 more copies. Call of Duty: Black Ops IV dominated 1st place, with over 50,000 more copies sold. Super Mario Party and Black Ops IV were not new games that week, yet Soulcalibur VI couldn't stop them. It wasn't much brighter in the UK. Game Industry.biz reported that Soulcalibur VI's physical sales launched to eighth on the UK chart. Spider-Man for PS4, which had launched over a month prior, was number four, completely destroying Soulcalibur VI.
These sales reports don't bode well for Soulcalibur's future. Back in August, the producer of Soulcalibur VI, Motohiro Okubo, told DualShockers that the franchise could end if sales were not good for the latest title. As it stands, sales do not appear to be substantial. However, with 2B arriving in the game soon, sales could see a burst. Time will tell if the game ends up being successful enough to warrant another title in the series.
Soulcalibur VI is currently available for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.