SNK and Athlon Games have announced that Samurai Shodown will be coming to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in June, while the Switch and PC will get it at a later date.
It will include Japanese voice-overs and feature English, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Pan-American Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese subtitle language options.
According to the announcement, Samurai Shodown, as previously surmised, will be a reboot of the franchise. Taking place in 1787, the game is set between the events of Samurai Showdown V (1786) and the original title (1789). As such, the cast will comprise mostly of returning characters with three brand-new ones.
Here’s who we know is part of the roster thus far:
- Tam Tam
In addition to the 13 listed above (along with the three who have yet to be announced), there will be more characters who will be released as DLC at a later date. Therefore, it’s possible that we might see some additions who hail from later titles, such as Iroha or Rimururu, or even more new faces.
The announcement also makes mention of two new features: the “Super Special Move,” which is a powerful, one-time use attack, as well as “Dojo Mode,” which makes use of “a proprietary AI system that learns from player patterns and creates a specific Ghost clone from that data” to allow players to either fight against their own ghost or those of top-level players.
For those interested, Samurai Shodown will be available to the public at PAX East 2019, which runs from March 28 to 31 at the Boston Convention Center. SNK will also be hosting a panel, “Samurai Shodown: Resurrecting a Legend,” on March 30 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. EST featuring producer Yasuyuki Oda, director Nobuyuki Kuroki, original Samurai Shodown director Yasushi Adachi, and several other SNK staff members.
Check out the latest trailer below: