SNK fans rejoice! We were able to confirm from two independent sources that SNK is bringing the massively successful Samurai Showdown Series back from the dead. According to our sources, SNK-Playmore, under the new parent company, has already started working on a new Samurai Shodown Game. The new game, which currently has a target release of 2017, will bring the series back to its roots, using 2D gameplay but with 3D models. An approach similar to what the Japanese company is currently doing with the upcoming The King Of Fighters XIV.

The new Samurai Shodown game is not the only thing this highly missed franchise is getting. One of our sources has informed us that the plan is for the game release to coincide with a new anime adaptation of the series as well.

The first Samurai Shodown (known as Samurai Spirits in Japan) was the first fighting game to use swords in its gameplay when it was released in 1993. The franchise spawned many sequels on both arcade and home consoles, as well as two animated movies. The latest Samurai Shodown Game, Samurai Shodown Sen (2008), was a huge departure from the game’s familiar mechanics and failed miserably to bring back the huge number of the series fans.

Looking at this information as well as what we know from SNK Playmore’s plan for The King Of Fighters Series, it seems the company is really serious about the fighting games company market. A statement that several SNK-Playmore employees have been using since the company’s acquisition by Ledo Millenium.  Anyone feels this is the second coming of the 90’s SNK?

We are currently trying to get more information regarding the Samurai Shodown revival including characters and announcement window. So make sure to follow us on Twitter @hadokendotnet to be the first to know all the imminent details.

In the meantime do no forget that Street Fighter V will be released next week and that you can win a free copy of the game on us by visiting our Street Fighter V Contest Page.


  1. Thats great. Looking aside the fact that it will have the KOFXIV graphics (still not a fan), I’m looking forward to play as Hanzo, Genjuro and Charlotte again and rooting for the return of Shizumaru Hisame and Iroha. ^^