The Soul Calibur series has had an open door to guest characters in past games. Earlier versions have seen the likes of Link from the Legend of Zelda, Spawn, and even Darth Vader join in on the action. The latest game, Soul Calibur 5, features and individual who may be the deadliest guest yet. Soul Calibur fans, please extend a warm welcome to the one and only, Ezio Auditore.

That is right, the dangerous assassin from Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed series is joining the cast of Namco’s weapon-based fighter. As anyone familiar with Ezio knows, he is always well equipped for battle. In Soul Calibur 5, players will have access to a variety of tools to take down enemies including a long sword, crossbow, and various hidden blades.

Soul Calibur 5 has also been given a release date of January 31, 2011 for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. As with most high profile releases now days, the game will be available in both standard and collector’s editions. The collector’s edition will include the game along with an art book, soundtrack, making of DVD, special DLC armor sets, and a few other goodies.

You can check out the reveal trailer for Ezio above, which was revealed exclusively on GameTrailers TV last night.