The information was supposed to be embargoed, but it hit the Internet early. We still have to call it a rumor, though.
According to various sources, Namco Bandai revealed a couple big announcements at a Soul Calibur V event in San Francisco. First and foremost, the worldwide release date: January 31, 2012.
That's a little sooner than expected, and the hotly anticipated fighter joins a stacked January and February. The publisher also confirmed a Collector's Edition and although the contents haven't been completely detailed, we know it'll feature downloadable content, artwork, and two exclusive characters. This leads us to the guest character, and you'll probably recognize him.
It's Ezio from the Assassin's Creed franchise. You may remember SCIV; the PS3 version got Yoda while the Xbox 360 version shipped with Darth Vader. Well, this time, it appears all versions will get the same bonus character, and it's the Italian assassin. Awesome.
Related Game(s): Soul Calibur V