Fans of SNK's popular weapons fighter Samurai Shodown are in for a treat. Digital Eclipse, the makers of fine museum quality retro compilations, are tackling the fighting game franchise, bringing the full run of the series to modern consoles and PC. As seen in the launch trailer, this includes the first five games in the series, plus Samurai Shodown V Special and the never before released Samurai Shodown V Perfect. Best of all, the PC release of the game will be free on June 11 for customers of the Epic Games Store.
What is Samurai Shodown V Perfect?
For those unaware, Samurai Shodown V Perfect was a late-model NeoGeo title that was location tested in 2005, but otherwise never saw a commercial release. Digital Eclipse has recovered the game from the SNK archives and polished it up, meaning that retro fans have the chance to finally get their hands on one of the last projects worked on for the legendary arcade hardware.
If you're not a fan of the Epic launcher, the NeoGeo Collection will release on Steam a week after its debut in the house of Fortnite. Console players will have to wait longer, with a Switch and PlayStation 4 launch scheduled for July 28. There's no word on an Xbox One version of the game as of yet, so they'll have to stick to the modern reboot released last year.
Speaking of, 2019's Samurai Showdown will also debut on PC this coming June 11, arriving on the Epic Games Store alongside its retro brethren. The game was previously only playable on PC via Google's Stadia service, but you can now download and play without the use of streaming if you like. Either way, you can expect plenty of swordfights across this summer as a new generation digs into one of the most legendary fighting franchises of all time.