News has slowly been trickling out about Namco Bandai's upcoming fighter, Soulcalibur 5, but the one question on every fan's mind is, "who will the guest fighter be?" The series has a tradition of including notable figures from other franchises, such as The Legend of Zelda's Link and Spawn's... err... Spawn. A newly surfaced rumor suggests that the identity of the latest guest star is none other than Ezio Auditore, of Assassin's Creed fame.
The rumor comes from an image captured during the liveblog of a Namco Bandai event by PS3blog (since removed, via CVG). The image is of the game's character select screen, and Ezio is pretty clearly one of the chosen fighters. The same post also mentions a release date of January 31, 2012 for the game, though like Ezio, this remains unconfirmed for now.