Reboot of Classic Weapons-Based Fighting Game Series Will Bring New Characters and Innovative New Features to Multiple Platforms this Year, including Nintendo Switch
LOS ANGELES — March 25, 2019 — SNK, the creators of legendary fighting game series like King of Fighters, Fatal Fury, and Art of Fighting, is pleased to announce the return of their beloved weapon-based fighter Samurai Shodown, coming to PlayStation®4 and Xbox One this June, Nintendo Switch™ in Q4 2019, and PC at a later date. Powered by Unreal Engine 4, the new Samurai Shodown reboots the classic 2D fighting game with beautiful new 3D graphics that retain the classic fantasy Samurai manga look of the series, while also bringing the series up-to-date with the latest cutting edge graphical standards.
Once again set in the late 18th century, after the events of Samurai Shodown V and prior to the events of the original game, Samurai Shodown will see the return of thirteen classic characters, including Haohmaru, Earthquake and Galford, who will be joined by three brand new characters to the series. Additional characters will also be available via post-launch DLC.
Developed in-house at SNK by the same team that brought us King of Fighters XIV, Samurai Shodown features a host of modes, such as Story, Practice, Online Battle and multiple offline battle modes. The new game will also debut an innovative new asynchronous online mode called “Dojo” that uses deep machine learning to create a CPU-avatar that learns from players’ actions during offline modes and creates a Ghost AI character. Players will be able to upload their Ghost to the leaderboards and also download Ghost data from other players. Players can take on Ghosts in 1v1 battle, or take on the Ironman Challenge and attempt to take down up to 100 ghosts in one go.
The public will be able to play Samurai Shodown for the first time on the show floor at PAX East in Boston, March 28 – March 31. PAX East attendees can also attend the Samurai Shodown – Resurrecting a Legend panel, Saturday, March 30 from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. EDT. The panel will be moderated by Team Spooky’s Giby and feature SNK’s Yasuyuki Oda (Producer), Nobuyuki Kuroki (Game Director) and the Director of the original Samurai Shodown, Yasushi Adachi, as well as several others from SNK.
Samurai Shodown will be released on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One this June, Nintendo Switch™ in Q4 2019 and PC at a later date. For more information about the game, please visit us on Twitter @SamuraiShodown_.
Samurai Shodown will be published in North America and Europe by Los Angeles-based Athlon Games. For more on Athlon Games, visit www.athlongames.com.