Samurai Showdown has its first official trailer, and it’s an exciting new look at the highly-anticipated revival of a beloved fighting game.
The Samurai Showdown trailer not only reveals some of the game’s first official characters but grants us a peek at the title’s beautiful art style. The game’s traditional hand-drawn aesthetics certainly seem to fit the franchise’s stunning 2D origins. Even better, it looks like the new Samurai Showdown is going to embrace the weapon-based insanity of the original games. At least that’s the impression we get based on some of the absurd moves showcased in this first trailer.
When it was revealed at Tokyo Game Show, SNK‘s Samurai Shodown was tentatively titled Samurai Spirits. However, it seems that might have been a tentative title or just the game’s international title. This reboot (at least that’s what it appears to be) will simply utilize the Samurai Showdown name.
Further details revealed outside of the trailer confirmed that the game will feature a dojo mode that will let you battle an AI that learns your moves and adapts to them during later battles. It also seems that the final (or at least initial) roster will include 16 characters. So far, we’ve only seen a handful of those characters and most of them seem to be returning characters. This reboot will also feature new mechanics such as the Rage Gauge, Rage Explosion, Sword Clash, and more which have not been elaborated on at this time. However, you can get a sneak peek at some of these new mechanics in this bountiful 44-minute gameplay preview.
It’s certainly nice to see so many elements of the original games make a comeback, but we’re very curious to see how fans will react to this new title’s art style and the decision to not return to the 2D fighting of the original titles. Those original games are not only mechanically brilliant but they featured some of the most jaw-dropping animations and stage designs that the visually bountiful 2D fighter genre has ever offered.
Samurai Showdown is expected to release sometime in June for PS4 and Xbox One. There will be Switch and PC versions of the game coming sometime later, but neither have a confirmed release date at this time.
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