Fanart Friday: Custom Weapons Edition
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Didn't get a chance to make it out to Comic-Con/EVO2K this year? Then chances are you didn't get your hands on Namco-Bandai's official Soul Calibur V t-shirt. But that's okay, you get another chance! Namco-Bandai Games is teaming up with 8WayRun.Com to run a series of weekly fanart contests!

So here's what we're gonna do... Every Friday, we will be announcing a new "fanart theme", and participants will have the week to mail in. The next week, we will announce a new theme, and also put up the previous entries in a vote. The winners each week will recieve an official Soul Calibur V t-shirt; and possibly whatever odds-and-ends surprises we decide to throw in.

This week's theme? Custom Weapons! You have a new weapon idea? Draw something and send it in... Entries will be voted on by the community; so you don't necessarily have to be a great artist, just be creative! When submitting your entries, DO NOT attach them as a comment; instead...
New Artwork and Assets from GamesCom 2011
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As GamesCom 2011 continues in Cologne, Germany, Namco continues their steady release of new information and artwork. While a few select Europeans are getting the chance for a first hands on with the game itself... (curse you, Kayane!) we're stuck here with screenshots and artwork only!

Images after the break... Oh Voldo... Why so Sexy?
Hilde, Maxi, Tira and Voldo Confirmed for SC5!
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A few hours ago, Daishi Odashima confirmed on his twitter that 4 characters would probably be revealed during GamesCom, in Cologne, Germany.
Probably 4 characters are going to be presented at GamesCom. Cross your fingers for your favorite character!
We now know, thanks to an exclusive video at 1UP GameVideos that Hilde, Maxi, Tira and Voldo have been confirmed for Soul Calibur 5! GamesCom hasn't officially started yet... so stay tuned for more!
Less Than 2 Weeks Until Summer Jam 5!
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Less than 2 weeks away, and it looks like Philadelphia's Summer Jam 5 is shaping up to be the most competitive Soul Calibur 4 tournament since FSAK. While Big E Gaming events have incredibly high competition for other fighting games, its not often we get to see this type of anticipation for Soul Calibur 4, this late in the game's life cycle. More information here...

8WayRun.Com will be streaming nothing but Soul Calibur for the entire weekend and if you can't make it out to Philadelphia in person, you can watch the festivities on the stream. In addition to the team tournament, the singles tournament, and many other money matches and challenges, we also have a very special event....
Soul Calibur V Gameplay Demos from EVO2K11!
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Word on the news vine is that during the upcoming top 8 stream for Tekken 6 at Evolution 2K11, Namco Bandai Games International and @FilthieRich will be announcing a few new reveals for Soul Calibur 5! The top 8 stream for Tekken 6 will begin immediately after the end of top 8 for BlazBlue.

You can tune into the live stream of the Evolution 2K11 Fighting Game Championships at their live page: Stick to 8WayRun.Com as the tournaments go on for continuing coverage of the reveals. This post will be periodically updated as news is released.
Soul Calibur V : Comic-Con 2011 Trailer
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Soul Calibur V's showing at Comic-Con 2011 concludes with this awesome new trailer. Check it out! The big reveal of this trailer is not only how "polished" the game already looks, but at ZWEI's primary weapon "EIN".

Be sure to check out the recently updated as well!
Also remember to stay tuned for reveals at this week's EVO Championships!
Comic Con Updates and New Trailer Coming July 25th
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Comic Con 2011 has given us a lot of Soul Calibur goodness in the past few days. We got to see some new gameplay and meet some new characters. But that isn't the end of it!

According to this article (featuring character bios for Natsu, Zwei and Ivy) a new trailer for Soul Calibur V will be released on Monday, to conclude their showing at Comic Con 2011!

But until then, check out all of Soul Calibur news that has been shown so far:
SCV Q&A/Gameplay Demo | Playstation Blog Article (previously linked)
SoulCalibur V Interview with Producer Tago-san
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GameSpot interviews SoulCalibur V Producer Tago-San at Comic Con 2011 and shows off some new gameplay footage featuring the recently confirmed Ivy. Looks like she will only have two stances this time around!

Also worth noting: Tago-san again confirms SoulCalibur 6, 7 and 8!
Soul Calibur V Assets from San Diego Comic-Con!
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In preparation for the upcoming Namco Fighting Games Panel at the San Diego Comic Con (the countdown on the front of 8WR is currently counting down till the panel); Namco has released some new assets and character artwork which confirm Ivy, as well as a stage without ringouts.

The most stunning of all this is that the male character silhouette that Daishi leaked to us last week is not Raphael, which I'm sure most of us assumed, but is instead a new character named "Zwei" (German for "two"). He also appears to be holding his sword in a "tonfa-like" fashion.
Images after the break.

Enter the Soulcalibur V Character Naming Promotion!!

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Be a part of the creation of Soulcalibur V! Your original character name will appear in the game! All participants will receive special Soulcalibur V desktop wallpaper!

Project Soul is now running a contest where participants may submit their own character in the hopes that it gets put into the game; most likely as a premade create a soul custom character you may fight against in story mode.

In addition to submitting your character information, there is also a short survey of 10 questions asking players some basic questions about how they play the game, and their takes on existing characters and stories.

Check out this link to enter: