While we already knew that Samurai Shodown was being released later this year. We didn’t have have a release date. That is until today, as SNK has announced that the game will be released this June. 2019.
It will also see a release on not only the PlayStation 4 but also on the Xbox One this June 2019. A Switch version is also planned and will release Q4 2019. Sadly, the PC version, while confirmed, has no release date. Likely we won’t see it until 2020 if the press release is stating we’ll see it after the Switch version. I’m a bit bummed about that.
In addition, the game will also feature Japanese voice-overs and will support multiple subtitle languages, such as English, Spanish, Koren, French, Chinese and more.
Samurai Shodown will also be playable at PAX East 2019. This will be the first time anyone has been able to go hands-on with the game. In addition, SNK will be hosting a panel called “Samurai Shodown: Resurrecting a Legend”, which will the producer Yasuyuki Oda, director Nobuyuki Kuroki, original Samurai Shodown director Yasushi Adachi, and a number of staff members from SNK. So if you’re heading to the event, be sure to check it out.
I can’t say I’m a fan of how the game looks. It reminds me a bit of Street Fighter 4. Sure, it looks nice, but it’s definitely rough. It doesn’t look completely smooth either, but that will likely change as the game is still in development. Hopefully, the stuff that will eventually be release during PAX East will look better. The backgrounds, however, are looking quite nice and the fighting mechanics from the original game are making a return. Even the clashing where whoever presses the attack button faster will cause the other player to lose their weapon.
Samurai Shodown is a reboot of a fighting game series that we haven’t seen in over 10 years. The last game was Samurai Shodown V. Man, has it really been that long? Powered by the Unreal Engine 4, Samurai Shodown will feature 13 characters from the original roster; Galford, Charlotte, Earthquake, Haohmaru, Genjuro, Hanzo, Jubei, Kyoshiro, Nakoruru, Shiki, Tam Tam, Ukyo, and Yoshitora.
There are still three more characters that have yet to be revealed and I’d imagine that we’ll hear about one of those during PAX East 2019.3