The modern revival of the Samurai Shodown series launched in June 2019 for consoles, with the PC version notably missing from the lineup. Prior to its initial release, SNK announced that the PC release of the 2D gun fighter would be exclusive to the Epic Games Store, following the launch of the NeoGeo Collection on the same service.
Patient fans who were waiting for the release of Samurai Shodown on Steam following the end of SNK’s exclusivity agreement with Epic Games can now exclude the game soon. Alongside the announcement of the Steam version of Samurai Shodown, a familiar face was revealed as its next DLC character, which will be released on the same day.
SNK announced over the weekend that the long-awaited release of Samurai Shodown on Steam will arrive on June 14, almost a full year since it was first available on the Epic Games Store. The second big announcement was the reveal of Shiro Tokisada Amakusa, the third official DLC character from season 3 of Samurai Shodown after Cham Cham and Hibiki Takane from The Last Blade series. After the announcement, only two DLC characters remain to be announced, with the last one confirmed to be a guest character from the Guilty Gear franchise.
Season Pass 3 DLC character 3rd “Amakusa Shiro Tokisada” (CV. Shusaku Shirakawa) will be delivered on June 15th!#SNK #Samurai #Amakusa Shiro #Shusaku Shirakawa Mr. pic.twitter.com/utVZt3dMU5
— SNK JAPAN (@SNKPofficial_jp) May 17, 2021
Veteran fans of the Samurai Shodown series will remember Amakusa as the final boss of the first Samurai Shodown in 1993. Since Samurai Shodown 3, he has been a playable character in almost every game in the main series and a central figure in the game. With the release of Amakusa, he is the penultimate fighter from the original Samurai Shodown to be included in the 2019 game. The only remaining character is Genan, who has yet to appear in a modern Samurai Shodown title after Samurai Shodown 6.
What’s most peculiar about the sudden Amakusa announcement, especially for an important and notable character in the series, is the lack of a trailer for the game. In the past, characters like Hibiki Takane were heavily promoted before their release. With Amakusa only a month away, some fans are assuming the announcement was made in conjunction with the Steam launch and not as their own, and a trailer for the game is highly likely to come soon.
Another criticism circulating among fans is the lack of a rollback network code ad, and the PC and console versions are notorious among their player base for their unreliable online gaming. With the recent announcement from SNK that King of Fighters 15 will have network code, many players are requesting that many other SNK titles also receive updated gameplay.
Samurai Shodown está disponible en PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One y Xbox Series X / S.