Publisher Athlon Games and developer SNK announced on Monday that the new Samurai Showdown (Samurai Spirits) game will launch worldwide for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in June, for Nintendo Switch in the fourth quarter of 2019, and for PC later. The game's official YouTube channel also began streaming a PAX East trailer for the game.
A demo for the game will debut PAX East 2019, which will run at the Boston Convention Center from March 28-31. SNK will also host producer Yasuyuki Oda, director Nobuyuki Kuroki, original Samurai Shodown director Yasushi Adachi, and more staff members at its panel at the event on March 30.
SNK is developing the game using Unreal Engine 4. The game will have Japanese audio with subtitles in English, Japanese, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, Korean, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Pan-American Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese.
The game will be set between the events of the original game and Samurai Showdown V. The game will feature popular characters from previous games in the franchise including Haōmaru, Nakoruru, and Galford. The game's 16 fighters will include three new characters. More characters will debut after the game's launch as DLC.
The fighting game series originally launched in 1993. The latest game in the franchise, Samurai Showdown: Sen, launched for arcades in April 2008. The game later received a release for the Xbox 360 in Japan in December 2009 and in North America in March 2010.