SNK’s bloody brawler is poised to make a big comeback.
After the initial surprise last year that SNK was reviving the Samurai Spirits franchise (Samurai Shodown here in the West), many fighting gamers forgot that the new game was even on the way until it was announced on the Evo 2019 reveal livestream that the new SamSho would be on the Evo main stage lineup. SNK shared a new teaser trailer alongside this reveal, promising a release for the game worldwide in “early summer”:
The new trailer reinforces the game as an apparent update of the original with some new flourishes — and the heavy damage that fans of Samurai Shodown‘s footsie-heavy combat looks to be intact. It would be a shame for the game to return without retaining the playstyle that makes it stand out, so it looks promising the new game won’t stray too far from the path. But we haven’t seen enough of it yet to be sure! However, we’ll get some more concrete assurance at the end of this month, because the game will be playable — for the first time — at the upcoming PAX EAST 2019.
— SNK GLOBAL (@SNKPofficial) February 27, 2019
Fighting game fans in attendance are sure in for a steel-edged treat. Can we hope for a beta announcement soon…?