I have to keep hammering this point that game development isn't linear, so no one knows apart from the developers exactly how long it's going to take. Haohmaru took a long time because he was practically developed from the ground up. We can all agree that Project Soul added about 80% new stuff to him in comparison to say 2B who's a god damn swiss army knife making her development less of a hurdle. Setsuka from SC4 and Hwang from SC3AE already have plenty of their own stuff so for me, I expect them much sooner to the point that both will be revealed at Evo.Hwang won't be until like December.
I'm not sure what they're planning here. It feels like it should match the art from the story modes, like Cassandra (and also Amy) were shown prior to their release, though they had revamped designs, and Hwang's is just... plain, for lack of better terms. Not that this is necessarily bad, because there's some other "plain" designs in the game, like Mitsurugi and Sophitia, so it could be an indication that they're sticking Hwang to his fundamentals and not giving him some unnecessary gimmick power, that's what I'm hoping for at least. And maybe we'd get his Assassin outfit as customization equipment as well. If it is a new design, then that would be a surprise, but I don't think it will be. Though that does bode a bit ill for Aeon, if he comes in season three, since his appearance would just be his SoulCalibur IV armor, as he's been shown in the art as well as the fight with him in Libra of Soul. Granted, it would be nice to have that armor, so that Lizardmen can have a proper armor set, but... it would feel a bit on the lazy side.The one advantage is that Hwang's art design (from the torso up) is revealed and it looks very similar to his SC 1 design. It'll probably end up different but Cassandra was sort of revealed this way.
oh godddd to think that we could have gone ANOTHER game without any korean dao or setsuka if SC6 didn't meet expectations! That's horrible!I don't think Hwang's Soul Chronicle portraits mean much about how he's going to look. Remember that there weren't any plans for a second season pass until the community's support convinced Bamco to give it the greenlight, so I'd argue that Hwang was never meant to be a playable character in SC6, at least when it comes to DLC. They could still use the design from those portraits, but I think he's going to be redone in some way, even if it's a similar case as Mitsurugi and Sophitia where his costume is the same as SC1 but modernized.
If I recall correctly, there was a leak a long time ago that wasn't talked about very much (those who did were very skeptical of it) which pointed out that one of the new characters was named Azwel. This leak was weeks before Azwel's name was even revealed if I recalled (however, I can't recall if it was before or after the E3 story reveal when we got a glimpse of Azwel though).I firmly believe that Hwang and Aeon were meant to be in the base game.