latest trailer for Soul Calibur VI confirmed 4 new playable
characters: Nightmare, Kilik, Xianghua, and a newcomer, Grøh, who uses
Aval Twinblade Swordsmanship. Along with the reveal trailer, check out
over 30 HD screenshots, official character artwork, raw gameplay footage,
and the first storyline details for all 4 new fighters.
(By Takuji Kawano)
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The mysterious Aval Organization was a secret group with origins rooted in
ancient times. They say the group came to be when a king used the spirit
sword to defeat its cursed counterpart, and with his dying breath,
entrusted them with both the blade and his unfinished mission. Each new
generation has taken on the group’s mission to rid the world of
“Outsider” — those connected with the cursed sword. One such member
was Grøh, about whom little is known save for that he was a fearsome
warrior. Though his fighting style is shrouded in mystery, he is believed
to have wielded two swords. Some also say he kept a certain technique
close to his chest…
utilizes the Aval Twinblade Swordsmanship that often employs multiple
consecutive slashes. This has a major disadvantage in that a careless
practitioner runs the risk of injuring themselves. As such, it takes a lot
of practice to use this style effectively. Dual-swordsmanship also allows
for the swords to be split in two and wielded separately. This tactic is
one of the many ways a wielder can use to surprise their opponent, giving
them the opportunity to string together a series of blows that lead to a
final, deadly slash.
Xianghua’s mother was from the prestigious Chai family in Beijing, and
taught Xianghua swordsmanship from a young age, treating her with a firm
but loving hand. Xianghua sensed these moments held some deeper
significance than her mother was letting on. Perhaps it had something to
do with her father, a man she never knew and was told had passed away. Two
years after her mother’s death, she decided to focus on the way of the
sword. With every passing day, her passion burned stronger than before.
Xianghua learned how to wield a sword from her mother and from a young age
was enraptured by the beauty of her mother practicing the sword.
Xianghua’s personal style relies less on taking her opponent down with
head-on attacks and more on feints and landing a decisive blow only after
her opponent has left an opening for her to exploit.
After being abandoned as a child, Kilik was raised by the monks of the
Ling-Sheng Su temple where he was raised to be a proficient fighter. While
never knowing his true family, Kilik befriended another orphan named
Xianglian and a bond formed between them stronger than even the closest of
siblings. They grew into proficient warriors, and their efforts were
rewarded with each of them being chosen to inherit one of the temple’s
three sacred treasures. However, on the night before the official handover
ceremony, fate began to stir…
Kilik is proficient in the fighting style of the rod. Among the many rod
styles surviving in China today, the techniques of Ling-Sheng Su are said
to be among the most refined and powerful. The rod is a large and
difficult weapon to master, however, the freedom of movement,
effectiveness at any range, and offensive and defensive capabilities make
it an appealing choice over other long weapons such as the spear.
from out of the shadows like the advent of nightfall, this barbaric knight
in azure armor reaps the souls of the living as if they were mere stalks
of corn. His name came to represent fear and desperation to all who heard
it. Those who found out that the rumors were true, that he was no
fairytale villain, would be struck down in a single blow before they could
even open their mouths to scream.
Nightmare carries the demon sword Soul Edge, a blade that has been part of
many battles and retains the memories of those who wielded it, and those
who faced them. Such memories influence the fighting style of the
blade’s current master, so even if its wielder lacks experience in
combat, they can battle like a seasoned warrior. When facing Nightmare,
one must never forget that he is able to at least partially unleash the
power of the sword. If he does, be prepared for a blow designed to kill in
one fell cut.
Last but not least, here's a roundup of quality Soul Calibur VI gameplay footage featuring
Kilik, Xianghua, Nightmare and Grøh.
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