Post by Steve Farrelly @ 02:39pm 26/06/19 | 0 Comments
A longstanding arcade and home console classic, SNK'sSamurai Showdown has entered the modern era with an entirely new iteration in the series built off Unreal Engine and looking every bit as good as some of the other fighting games out currently. It's also bloody as all get up.
And we'll have our review up shortly, but what we can say outside of sharing the press release surrounding the game being out now, is that this is still the series as we know it and presents itself in its native development culture in ways you'll love.
Today marks the highly-anticipated return of Samurai Shodown, the predecessor of the weapons-based, versus fighting game genre as the franchise finally returns to consoles! Marking the first release in the franchise since 2008 and over 25 years since the release of the original, Samurai Shodown returns with its signature, unforgiving approach to weapons-based combat. This new Samurai Shodown “reboot” features a returning cast of 13 fan-favourite characters and 3 brand new characters at launch, further unlockable characters in the Season Pass, a range of competitive in-game modes and a true evolution to the fighting genre and the series in Dojo Mode.
Along with the traditional Versus Battle Mode, Samurai Shodown offers a range of modes for players to sink their blades into, including:
Practice Mode: Players can learn the ropes in a tutorial and hone their skills in training mode.
Online Mode: Friends and foes alike can battle online in a variety of competitive modes.
Story Mode: Players can witness each character’s unique journey through 18th-century Edo-period Japan as a new disaster threat looms over the land.
Battle Mode: Host to a variety of challenges including Versus, Time Trial, Survival and Gauntlet modes, players looking to test their skills will be pushed to the limit here.
Dojo Mode: After enough matches have been played, players can compete against their own ghost, other players’ ghosts, and then share their ghost data to online leaderboards.
A Season Pass offering is also available for Samurai Shodown, which will see further characters added to the roster over the coming months. Fans who purchase Samurai Shodown before June 30th will receive the Season Pass free of charge. SNK has also announced the full line-up of DLC characters that will be included in the season pass and released in the following order: Rimururu, Basara, Kazuki Kazama, and Wan-Fu.
In addition to the launch, SNK are pleased to outline their ongoing commitment to the franchise as an emerging competitor in the esports scene with Samurai Shodown’s upcoming inclusion at the Evolution Championship Series, the largest and longest-running fighting game tournaments in the world. EVO brings together the best of the best from around the world in a dazzling exhibition of skill and fun, as players and fans gather to honour the competitive spirit in an open format and determine a champion.
Watch a trailer for the game's launch embedded below, and check back soon for our full review.