The final days of Soul Calibur: Lost Swords are numbered, as the online services for the free-to-play Fighter will end in just two months.
Soul Calibur: Lost Swords is a free-to-play adaptation of Bandai Namco’s weapon-based 3D Fighter. Released exclusively for the PS3 as a digital title, Lost Swords is a single-player experience, due to the usage of micro-transactions; Producer Masaaki Hoshino previously stated that Lost Swords has a “pay-to-win” micro-transaction model, as players can use real-world money to purchase better weapons and items. Micro-transactions are also in place for extra cosmetic items such as costumes, and additional playable characters.
Beginning on Sept. 16, Lost Swords players can take part in the game’s farewell event; from Sept. 16-30, the ranking system will be upgraded, allowing players to increase their levels at a faster rate. Once the quest-event is over, “Continue Tickets” and “AP” items will no longer be available to purchase in-game; sales of “Treasure Chests” and premium items will cease on Oct. 27, with all support coming to a close on Nov. 30.
Despite the online support halting on Nov. 30, the game will still be playable to those who have previously downloaded the title.
Soul Calibur: Lost Swords is currently the last title in the series with core fighting game mechanics; the iOS-exclusive Soul Calibur: Unbreakable Soul is the latest title in the Soul franchise, though the mobile game utilizes a card-based battle system.