It's been ten years since the last genuinely new Samurai Shodown title has appeared. At Sony PlayStation's Tokyo Game Show warmup, we were treated to a brief teaser of a brand new game, Samurai Spirits, powered by the Unreal engine, and bringing the iconic beat-em-up to modern consoles -- namely the PS4.
The series can claim a place as one of the most revered 2D fighter games of the 90s, along with the likes of Street Fighter II and The King of Fighters -- even if it didn't quite keep up with game mechanic (and hardware) evolutions over the last few decades. (Interestingly, the teaser followed the latest trailer for Dead Or Alive -- a game roughly half the age of Samurai Shodown.)
For now, other details are scarce. It looks like the game will still play on a two-dimensional field, with a vibe reminiscent of how Street Fighter got its grove back in iterations 4 and 5. Think moody ink swipes and dramatic camera angles for all your best attacks. Expect to hear more in 2019. I just hope I can resurrect all that SS combo knowledge...
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