Welcome to the stage of history, Maxi, Tira, Voldo and Hilde. The four newest characters to join the ranks of Soulcalibur V are at the focus of this year's Gamescom showing, illustrating how these familiar faces look with another 17 years of experience and age.

The four new characters join Pyrrha, Patroklos, Zwei, Natsu, Ivy, Mitsurugi, and Seigfried in the list of fighters confirmed for the fifth major Soulcalibur game. We'll have new hands-on impressions of the weapons-based fighter from Gamescom soon. For now, see Maxi give Natsu the business end of a c, Voldo's new crotch ornamentation, a supposedly rebalanced Hilde and Tira still wearing little but straps in new media above.

Soulcalibur V is slated for release on the PS3 and Xbox 360 in early 2012.

You can contact Michael McWhertor, the author of this post, at mike@kotaku.com. You can also find him on Twitter, Facebook, and lurking around our #tips page.