By the sound of things, it looks like the developers at Bandai Namco know you didn't like SoulCalibur V and are now trying to fix it with SoulCalibur VI. In a recent interview with VG 24/7, series producer Motohiro Okubo talked about bringing the series back to its former glory by focusing on the story, the timeline, and the weapons — it's a weapon-driven fighting game, after all.
We have a quote for you below from the piece, but as you read it, you can tell they realized the last chapter in the series was a dud that people weren't driven to. Hell, we're fans of SoulCalibur as a whole, and we had completely forgotten they created SC5. But this gives us hope that SoulCalibur VI will be a thrilling one that we'll keep going back to.
"Our priority when developing the game first and foremost is creating something that's fun and engaging for the player to experience. We want to make a solid game," Okubo says when asked about esports potential for Soulcalibur's return. Soulcalibur 5 did have an esports presence, but it was one that was dead and buried within around a year of the game's release – perhaps because the game just wasn't as fun as other entries in the series. By focusing on quality, Okubo says, hopefully the competitive community will follow.