SNK has released a brand new trailer for their upcoming 2D fighting title, Samurai Shodown. In the showcase, we’re given a fresh look at gameplay featuring several of the game’s playable characters.
Additionally, a more narrowed down release window for this game was provided. Samurai Shodown launches on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in June, on Nintendo Switch in Q4, and PC at a later date.
Samurai Shodown takes place in the late 18th century, after the events of Samurai Shodown V and before the original Samurai Shodown game. We’ll be seeing 16 characters at launch: 13 returning warriors, such as Haohmaru, Earthquake and Galford, as well as three brand new characters.
SNK has confirmed that Samurai Shodown will be seeing the addition of DLC characters post-launch.
Samurai Shodown will come equipped with several game modes for players to enjoy, including Story, Practice, Online Battle and multiple offline battle modes. The upcoming title will also debut an “innovative new asynchronous online mode” entitled “Dojo” that creates a CPU-avatar with the ability to learn from players’ actions during offline modes and creates a Ghost AI character using deep machine learning.
Players can upload their Ghost to the leaderboards and also download Ghost data from other players. You’ll be able to face Ghosts in 1v1 battle, or jump into the Ironman Challenge and attempt to take down up to 100 ghosts in one run.
Samurai Shodown will be playable for the first time on the show floor at PAX East in Boston, March 28 – March 31. There will also be a Samurai Shodown: Resurrecting a Legend panel, Saturday, March 30 from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. EDT.
The panel will feature SNK producer Yasuyuki Oda, Game Director Nobuyuki Kuroki, and the Director of the original Samurai Shodown, Yasushi Adachi, as well as several others from SNK. It will be moderated by Team Spooky’s Giby.
You can check out the official Samurai Shodown fact sheet below.
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After more than a decade, Samurai Shodown is back! SNK is rebooting one of its most successful series, carrying on the legacy of past titles with a new game that retains the same thrilling battles of past titles in a graphically advanced package. Samurai Shodown’s gameplay is driven by the tense atmosphere of being one strike away from death, and the exhilaration of defeating an opponent with overwhelming power and attacks. Taking place between the events of the original game and Samurai Shodown V, the new game carries on the legacy of the one true weapon-based fighter.
Exhilarating Weapons-Based Combat – Samurai Shodown carries on the legacy of the tense battles the series is known for, where players are always one strike away from death, and one powerful attack away from victory.
Evolving the Presentation – Using the power of UNREAL® ENGINE 4, SNK is able to modernize the unique atmosphere and setting of past titles in a gorgeously artistic package that achieves a detail and graphical quality like never before.
Unique Cast of Returning and New Warriors – Samurai Shodown welcomes back iconic characters from past iterations, including the swordsman Haohmaru, his rivals Ukyo and Genjuro, the shrine maiden Nakoruru, and fan-favorite Galford. The starting roster will include a total of 16 characters – 13 veterans and three newcomers to the franchise.
All New Gameplay – Carrying on some of the key fighting mechanics that made the series popular, such as the Rage Gauge, Rage Explosion, Sword Clash and more, Samurai Shodown will also include several new techniques, including a powerful, one-time use attack from each character called the Super Special Move.
Revolutionary New AI System – Titled Dojo Mode, SNK has developed a proprietary AI system that learns from player patterns and creates a specific Ghost clone from that data. With this system, players can fight against their own Ghost or take on the Ghosts of top players in mock battles.