SOULCALIBUR VI
Release Date:
19/10/2018
Description:
Two decades after its first iteration, SoulCalibur VI returns to its roots while bringing brand-new gameplay features to the fight.
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SOULCALIBUR VI - EVO Japan Community Questions Follow-Up

15 March 2019

General Questions

1. We need you to share more information with us about DLC and upcoming characters!

Creation Parts Set A we released in February and worth checking it out if you missed it. Amy is part of the next planned DLC, and we would like to release more DLC as quickly as possible in the future, with 2 more DLC packs planned for release before the end of the summer.

 

2. Please put the controller setups on the character select screen for offline modes.

We are doing our best to implement this as quickly as possible.

 

3. Please balance the difficulty of the Libra of Soul mode.

It is always a big challenge to get the balancing right and ensure everyone has a great experience. Tweaks were made in the February Ver 1.20 update and we will continue to monitor all the community feedback, and adjust if necessary in the future.

 

4. The rate at which Soul Points are earned is too slow. This is especially detrimental for players who do not play online.

Partial adjustment has already been completed in the February update. Again, we will consider other adjustments as necessary in the future.

 

5. Please bring back modes and features that were included in previous entries

such as “Team Battle”, “Battle Theatre” and “Voice Test”.

As fans of the series we understand and have taken on board your request. For the time being we are prioritizing the improvement of other features and delivery of more content.

 

6. Please give us more single player content as DLC. We want additional Soul Chronicle episodes for already existing characters. 

There are still many unexplored storylines in the world of SOULCALIBUR and as developers we are grateful to receive this request. For now, we will be focusing on developing the story mode for the forthcoming DLCs and will consider this request in the future.

 

7. Please make the game compatible with Nvidia Ansel.

Adding this feature might take some time but we have plans to implement.

 

8. Please improve the training mode. We would like to see more options regarding the commands display and the replays. Additionally, it would be great to have an infinite stage exclusive to this mode.

Partial improvement has already been made, again in the February update. Further improvements are still to come because it is the game mode almost everyone goes back to most frequently to study and understand various characters, and/or their moves. It is a priority for us to improve this mode. The infinite stage idea might be difficult to implement at this moment but we will investigate it.

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Gameplay Questions (Battle)

9. The amount of changes brought by the Ver.1.10 and Ver.1.1 Updates is quite extraordinary. Isn’t it detrimental for the game to make this many change this frequently?

Ver.1.10 and Ver.1.11 updates were quite extraordinary, even for us. Frequent or heavy updates do have the potential risk to disturb playing experiences. No doubt. But we will thoroughly investigate players’ requests and commentary on our games, and reflect, and react, with fixes to the game if it makes sense. We will be planning a further update to battle balance which will be announced in the near future.

 

10. When fine-tuning the gameplay, were you favoring a balance that is more geared for online play rather than offline play?

Updating based on either offline or online is not a viable option or part of our update policy.

 

11. What is standard playing to prepare balance patches? It’s appreciated if you could refer only tournament level. 

High level matches are generally considered to adjust the balance but we also monitor why all levels of players are defeated, unilaterally. It is always a difficult ‘balancing’ act but we have to always consider different types of players of differing levels of ability and point of views as we want all players to be included and enjoy our game.

 

12We keep hearing explanations such as character concept or developer intent but more concretely how do you come up with characters fighting styles?

Each character’s concept is defined in the game; in the Fighting Style Handbook and the texts displayed in the Fighting Style selection screen of character creation, and the parameter chart. Key consideration when coming up with styles is to not have overlapping personalities and traits to avoid characters being too similar.

However, after the game’s launch, we felt that we should not discourage players exploring strategies within the community by being protective of our initial vision by saying that “it’s different from character concept” or “it’s different from the dev team’s intent”.

 

13. A change of Ver.1.11 update for Siegfried is described that his fighting style is based on defensive style. But is it wrong that you force users that impression?

As mentioned above, when developing characters, we make sure they are not just different from each other by a couple of minor parameters. Additionally, characters are developed to match multiple players’ needs.

The description for Siegfried, “his fighting style is based on defensive style in middle range” described in the patch notes was really intended to suggest his fighting style to players new to him, and not to deny playing him offensively.

 

14. I think reversal edge should be nerfed since some people are able to get away with use it repeatedly.

We predominantly receive this feedback from advanced players. In previous games, players had to memorise moves to guard but here with Reversal Edge newer players were able to join the battle. This was our objective and we believe it has been effective. Again, it’s a fine balancing act of us wanting as many people as possible to enjoy our game.

However, Reversal Edge is an entry point, and seeing this move abused is not something that we wanted to see. Updates such as charging Soul Gauge easily without Reversal Edge or assuaging input mistakes during Reversal Edge is being considered for future updates.

 

15. Ring outs in general are too easy in this game, especially even midway into the stage. It's far too easy to ring out or be ringed out by chance, whereas in previous entries it required a bit more planning

While SOULCALIBUR VI has the biggest stage size in the series, the range attacks that lead characters to be pushed away is longer than originally expected. Rather than adjusting the character moves to limit ring out, we are considering making stages bigger in future.

 

16. Why did you nerf _____? / Why didn’t you nerf_____?

We still think that the perception of various characters’ strength has not been established yet. The perception also depends on each community or the individual battle environment.

Balancing the game with updates is not a simple act nerfing or buffing characters. We will continue to do our best to listen to the community and release information regarding any changes in a transparent way so that the we and the community can be on the same page.

There is also the possibility to readjust or restore updated points. For example, with Ver1.10 Siegfried’s Over Toss lost its ring out ability. We are considering restoring this ability by updating common elements such as “making more buffers to throw break” or “making small fields bigger”.

 

17. Please fix the following:

I. Instances in which players are unable to hit their opponents when they are positioned too close to them.

II. Instances in which players are unable to counter attack after dodging their opponents’ attacks.

The hit detection in SOULCALIBUR games is designed to be accurate by taking into account the hit motion, the length and form of weapons used, the opponent’s body’s placement and form. That is why in some instances, such as the opponent being out of reach or too close to hit, players will not be able to hit their opponents. However, if you are correctly predicting an opponent’s movements and still unable to hit your opponent, this is not what we intended.

With the Ver.1.10 update, we have implemented a new system which can successfully land a hit to an opponent even if the attack doesn’t exactly strike the hit box. We will continue to make adjustments to avoid these unintended situations by using this system.

 

18. Improve the input buffering system. Currently it is inconsistent where inputs are held a long time after certain attacks and not allowed at all after others. I think it also affects attempts to side step in either direction while releasing the block button causing jump or crouch instead.

The more we narrow the window of input buff, the more the difficulty of the command input will increase. The input buffering window of SOULCALIBUR VI is a bit wider than in previous entries. Changing the length of the input buff would strongly affect how the game plays and is controlled. That is why we need to be extremely careful with any changes that we make. The input buffering that happens while being hit by opponents may be the cause of the unintentional moves. We will keep investigating the matter. Causing the player character to jump unintentionally is not caused by the input buffering, as it is another matter problem that we are keen on fixing.

 

19. Please provide us the frame data for each character and make it available for browsing in the Training Mode.

As Project Soul, not releasing frame data is part of our policy. The reason for this is twofold. The first reason is that the act of figuring out frame data and sharing it within the community is fun and part of the game experience. If we released the data officially we would be undermining this experience that many enjoy. The second reason is that officially releasing the data would put off new comers to the series by giving the vibe that the frame data must be studied closely for the game to be enjoyable which is not what we are aiming for. Having said that, we also are aware that the fighting game scene is becoming more and more competitive each passing day and that many players would enjoy an official release of the frame data. If we were to provide the data, it should be done properly with all the necessary information and explanation. We are not sure if we will be releasing it, but we are open to the idea and are looking into it.

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Question Regarding Online

20. In Casual Match, please give us the option to directly do a rematch without having to return to the lobby menu when only 2 people are connected to the lobby.

We are currently looking into the feasibility of this improvement.

 

21. Please increase the maximum number of possible rematches in Ranked Match.

The internal investigation is underway. We will do our best to implement it as quickly as possible.

 

22. Please change the Ranked Match system as to avoid making matches when the rank difference between players is too great. If this is unavoidable, at least make it so that it matches the players with a great difference in rank only when there is no other opponent to be matched against.

The matching system has been improved and this issue solved by adding various rank thresholds with the previous V.1.20 update. The chances of finding someone at the player’s rank or close to it becomes much higher. But, depending on the number of players online, there might still be some cases in which searches for an opponent close to the player’s rank fail and this results in being matched to an opponent with a considerable rank gap.
We will continuously investigate the matching adjustment while observing the active users and rank distribution in the future.

 

23. Please improve online matchmaking to not separate 'all regions' and 'near regions' or just better explain the difference between the settings.

With the previous V. 1.20 update, “all” has been changed to “others” in the search filters. It was a source of misunderstanding since when the filter was set to “all”, some players might mistakenly think that this would allow them to match with all players. Actually, players who set their filter to “all/others” were only being matched with other players who also picked “all/others”. There will be no matching between a player who selected “all/others” and another who selected “same” area/language.
As the current version contains only the display change, a “same” area/language player and another “other” area/language player will still not be matched. For this reason, the search filters with the next update will be only “connection” for the improvement of easier matching.

 

24. Please change the current point attribution system in Ranked Match. Currently, winning a match attributes points to the character that was used during the match but not to any other characters that the player might use. With this system it is not possible to know whether or not a low-level character is a novice or the alt-character of a seasoned veteran.

We are searching for a solution when an experienced player’s sub-character is being matched as if that person was a new player. The solution might be in having an additional indicator that takes account mains and subs. We are looking for a solution to this problem within the already established experience system.

 

25. In online play, using a letter and a number to represent player rank in is pretty bland. Please redesign the UI as to have a slick way displaying that information (for example a cool-looking nameplate).

We are aware that a lot of our fans would really like UI elements that fit better with the series’ general aesthetics. When the occasion arises we will investigate the possibility of reworking the UI.

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Questions Regarding Character Creation

26. Would it be possible to have the option to turn ON or OFF for the equipment/clothes destruction feature?

Although we have prioritized the fun brought on by the destruction mechanic, we are looking into various solutions of the parts destruction setting.

 

27. Please add more creation items to the game.

Character creation quickly became a series staple after its introduction. Anyone can express their creativity openly as it is a tool that is wonderfully easy to use. Therefore, we would like to add more creation parts.
We have overshot our goal and designed more creation parts than initially intended in our DLC plans. Some of these creation parts will be added as free DLC and we sincerely hope that you will be looking forward to trying out these new parts.

 

Questions raised during public talk event on February 16

28. Please make Siegfried stronger. Although the explanation of the update Ver.1.11 mentioned “defensive”, it seems wrong to call it a diffensive style only because Siegfried has less effective attacks for punishment.

Siegfried is not great at punishment himself, however we feel that Siegfried can fight with less risk such as counter attacking the approaching opponent with Aggressive Onrush, or triggering a combo while dodging a vertical slash and a high attack of opponents by Rising Splitter after taking steps left and right, etc. This can be an example of the difference (defensive fighting style) compared to Nightmare taking high-risk, high reward style.

The difference between Nightmare and Siegfried will be more emphasized  with the future updates, so that Siegfried’s exellence can be demonstrated more in battles.

 

29.Taki can trigger 2 kinds of throws during Possesion However, both grapple breaks are triggered by the same input. Why?

Until Ver.1.11, a throw from Possesion was structured in the way that “there is only 1 kind of grapple break since the throw made between swift, continuous attacks and difficult to avoid”. Since a throw during Possesion is treated as a “special command throw”, Taki can start moving first even if the throw is avoided.

In the next update, it will become easier for all characters to grapple break. With this change, Taki will lose its advantage which why we are planning to divide the grapple break into 2 distinct ones.

 

30. Opponents are brew away when using Soul Charge. Is it possible to pull them in so that the close-distant characters can use it more easily?

In SOULCALIBUR VI, the Soul Charge is designed to thrust opponents away. Counter elements such as power increase and temporary pause of the battle timer have been added on top of the thrust. A fundamental revision of the entire system is necessary if we are to change this behavior. Soul Charge gives the player various ways to fight. It could be used defensively to thrust away the enemy or offensively if activated on the edge of the stage. We will continue to update the game to expand the various Soul Charge tactics.

 

31. I would like to control characters during warm up while searching for a RANKED MATCH opponent.

Please make the Standby setting ON in Arcade or Training if you like to control characters during warm up.

 

32. Xianghua was known to have a high ability to ring out opponents until Ver. 1.10. Since her ring out ability is lowered, please make something else stronger.

The ring out ability of Xianghua was not greatly considered during SOULCALIBUR VI development. However, we recognized that players had fun with the ring out ability after the launch. Even for the other characters, if we are forced to nerf a character upon the balance adjustment, we would like to propose a new appeal by adding an interesting element. We are currently considering to accommodate in the next update.

 

33. How do you decide the character line-up of the title?

Weapon usage is SOULCALIBUR’s uniquness and identity within the fighting game genre. These weapons, variety of battle styles and composition are first considered. Then they are finally decided considering the characters for the story construction and their popularity among users.

 

34. I would like to return directly to the stage selection screen after battle.

We understand the demand for immediate battles only with stage selection. We are investigating in a constructive manner.

 

35. Can you increase the number of stages?

We understand that fans are strongly requesting the stages from previous entries to be brought back in SOULCALIBUR VI.  Each stage has its own strategies and tactics, and we understand that there is a strong demand for more variety and fun. Within the team, we are considering this request.

 

36. When Voldo’s Scarecrow is triggered, a Lethal Hit during a specific stun combo, Lethal Hit effects are shown but follow up attack is not possible. Can you do something?

This is related to the mechanism where “the cancellation of the restoration state at the same stun duplication leading to a combo” under this title’s stun combo system. As we don’t feel that the current behavior is great, we are currently investigating for the best solution.

 

37. I hear that the principle of the adjustment is to fill in the gaps between online and offline. In that case, will everything that “corresponds to opponents’ actions once visually detected” such as the effect triggering timing or the continuous attack speed be subject? What do you think about the elements that wouldn’t make it in time for the visual detection online?

In a fighting game, to input the next action by judging instantaneously the battle situation progressing in real time, we realize that the existence of the input lag difference depending on the environment cannot be overlooked.

We understand the importance of watching the opponent’s situation as long as possible, and deciding your move. We will continue to adjust the various attack effects and distinctive character animations

 

38. I enjoyed the online battle with an in-game chat in “Player Match” of the previous title. It is a pity not to have the in-game chat in this title for the easier communication. Will it be added by update?

We really hesitated on how to proceed with the online related elements which existed in the previous title, including “Global Colosseo”.

For in-game chat, having both a chat feature and emotes would be the best of both words but we ended up only implementing the emotes during the development. 

Since this is a very requested feature, we are still considering it.

 

39. Are there any plans for a future SOULCALIBUR World Tour?

We truly appreciate your request for SOULCALIBUR World Tour. Making a SOULCALIBUR World Tour happen, we need to arrange, discuss many things and it will take some time. At this point, we are not able to comment.

 

40. I understand that Character Creation is an important element, however, attacks are sometimes hard to see. Can you add an option to remove custom characters from Ranked Match?

Separating the player base with this option would increase the matching time and possibly give way to being matched against an opponent of a much higher rank because the number of opponents that fit would decrease. We also consider Ranked Match as “a place to show the characters created by you/others”. Therefore, we are not planning on adding an option to remove custom characters from Ranked Match, at the moment.

 However, we are looking into a solution to players using custom characters to gain unfair advantages. 

 

41. In Offline battle, since there are only 2 kinds of regular colors, P1 and P2, the player’s personality can’t be expressed. Can you add more colors? 

We are investigating a way to express the player’s personality even Offline. Weapon selection is available in the Ver.1.20 update but the color addition is also under consideration. 

 

42. When applying a sticker rotation in Character Creation, it is not possible to apply it to cover 360 degrees or the line remains on the joint. Is there any possibility to cover all around?

We have done our best during SOULCALIBUR VI’s development, though we will continue making every effort for improvement.

 

43. Is it possible to see the character I created and shared online is downloaded and used by how many people?

Thank you for a very interesting opinion. We will consider the implementation when an opportunity rises.

 

44. What kind of information from the market is consulted in order to adjust battles?

We take in various battle plays such as tournaments in different locations and online battles between players, and utilize them for adjustment and improvement. When doing so, we don’t refer only to the experienced players. We would like players with different skills to continuously enjoy this title.

 

45. Appeal is unintentionally triggered during battle.

We feel that we must seek for a solution to the input reception and commands for the problem where the Appeal is unintentionally triggered at the attacking or guarding moment.

 

46. Maxi’s Neutral Guard (Alkaid) has an ability of Guard Impact. However even if I repel the opponent’s attack, I receive Reverse Impact and the continuous attack is not guaranteed. Why?

The fact that the opponent can trigger Reverse Impact when you repel the vertical slash with Neutral Guard (Alkaid) is an expected behavior. It doesn’t mean that Maxi’s attack is established upon successful repelling. There is one more struggle against the opponent, and the counter is only guaranteed when Maxi has the Soul Gauge.

 

47. Why don’t you ask publicly character designs?

Thank you for a very interesting opinion. We will consider the implementation when an opportunity rises.

 

48. Can you let us know the DLC release timing? Maybe just the season?

We plan to release the remaining 3 DLCs, including Amy, by end of the summer.

 

49. Although Reversal Edge is a common system, the triggering speed varies. Why some are easier to dodge than others?

Reversal Edge is constructed as a general system to “avoid all upper/mid/low attacks after special blocking stance is triggered”. Other than that, each character’s characteristics are strongly reflected. As for the balance improvement, we will continue to adjust Reversal Edge and other common battles systems but will keep these character’s characteristics.

 

50. Who is the strongest staff among the battle adjustment team?

Our battle adjustment team will include well known “Oosaka” or Mr. “Shining Decopon” but other team members also have deep knowledge and skills. It is difficult to say who is the strongest. We can’t share too much of the development team’s internal information, but our members sometimes research the market trends through online battles. You might already have battled against them!

 

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