The SoulCalibur games are a 3D fighting game series developed by Project Soul
(credited as Namco
until 2005) and set within a mythological version of the 16th century. The series primarily differentiates itself from its contemporaries (Tekken [鉄拳]
, Virtua Fighter [バーチャファイター]
, Dead or Alive
) by focusing on weapon based combat.
The plot of the series generally centres around the conflict between two opposing mythical weapons, the Soul Edge and the Soul Calibur. The first two games derive their titles from these weapons although as from the 3rd game onwards the series is simply known as SoulCalibur.
Neither Namco themselves nor the gaming media have ever standardised on how the title of the series is stylised and there are numerous interpretations, none more official than the other, as evidenced by this entries AKA's.