Well, first, we should get this out of the way: recurring Soulcalibur fighter Ivy will be in Soulcalibur V, producer Hisaharu Tago says, with the increasingly underdressed fan favorite to be revealed at some point soon. So I wondered "What will Ivy look like as a 49-year-old?"
Since Soulcalibur V takes place 17 years after the last chapter, that puts Ms. Valentine into middle-aged territory. Would it mean a more modestly dressed Ivy? Would the ravages of time have an impact on her vast... sex appeal? Tago offered some clues about what an Ivy Valentine pushing 50 might look like.
He implied that some unspecified mystical force, perhaps the power of the Soul Edge itself, might have an effect on her ability to retain her youthful looks—her father, Cervantes, after all, stopped aging completely at 48. Tago also hinted that a plot point in a previous Soulcalibur game might explain what sounds to be a still youthful-looking Ivy.
So somethings may change in Soulcalibur V with those passing years, but some may stay firmly the same.
Soulcalibur V is coming to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2012. Read Kotaku's E3 2011 impressions for more.