The latest game in the SoulCalibur franchise is the free-to-play fighter by the name of SoulCalibur: Lost Swords. Now available in Western markets, the game has been reported to be quite literally unplayable. The game requires players to connect to the game's servers before being able to actually play, despite it being a single-player game. Unfortunately, connecting to the servers is about as far as most players seem to be able to get, as the PlayStation 3 game tries to connect in vain and eventually gives an error code, returning the player to the title screen. In the time-honored tradition of complaining on the internet, many players have reported the error on Twitter, Facebook and the PlayStation Blog, indicating that the issue is wide-spread. Other players have reported being able to log in to the game but only had partial access to the game's several play modes.
Bandai Namco America has acknowledged that a "technical issue that has delayed the launch of the game". Despite the supposed delay, Lost Swords is still available to download in the PlayStation Store and mentions nothing about a change in launch dates.
"We have discovered that the issue requires a resolution across multiple parties and therefore our efforts to remedy the issue is taking longer than anticipated." stated Bandai Namco on the SoulCalibur Facebook page. "Currently we are working feverishly with a key partner to implement a solution in the shortest amount of time possible."