It was announced last month that Shadow Warrior 2 would be coming to PC first and releasing in September with consoles to follow later in the year. It appears that target was overly aggressive, though, as Devolver Digital has now sent out that Shadow Warrior 2 will be releasing October 13th on PC and delayed to 2017 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Playing as Lo Wang, you are a mercenary in the remade world of Shadow Warrior, which was one of the most successful remakes of 2013, bringing the original 1997 game into the modern era. Shadow Warrior 2 takes the action from the remake with the first-person shooter guns and blades and makes it bigger. It brings four player co-op so that you can play the campaign with your friends, either on the primary missions or the side quests. The environments are designed to be a big, open vertically scalable world utilizing procedurally generated environments to help make the game feel different each time through.
That's not the only thing that is procedurally generated either. Loot, while featuring a wide variety of weapons with upgrades, is procedurally generated as well, in the style of Action RPGs like Diablo. Weapons can have up to three stones in them to upgrade things from general performance to elemental effects and more, all feeding into the damage system they have, which features dynamic dismemberment as you have the ability to carve enemies apart or blow giant holes through them.
The reception to each new bit of Shadow Warrior 2 that we share has been thrilling and our team is excited – and relieved – to finally share our work with the fans. We think our small studio has accomplished something special with Shadow Warrior 2 and hope that both fans of the classic FPS and those that enjoy more modern shooters will enjoy the game.” -- Michal Szustak, Studio Director Flying Wild HogFor those who can't wait on purchasing, the game is now available for pre-order at 10% off and will come with an exclusive "Razorback" chainsaw Katana. Those who have been picking up other Flying Wild Hog games will find themselves in for a treat as owners of Shadow Warrior and Hard Reset Redux will receive an additional 10% off the pre-order price. Note that you need to own both titles to get this additional discount.
Shadow Warrior 2 will have a base price of $39.99 / £34.99 / €36.99 before any discounts and is available on GOG (Affiliate link) and Steam, with it also eventually coming to the Humble Store, which will provide a Steam key. Additionally, there is a deluxe edition that will cost $10 more and give you the Soundtrack, a digital art book, and the Solid Gold Pack, which gives you an exclusive gold co-op ninja skin, katana, and MP7 gun. It is also available on GOG (Affiliate) and Steam with a launch discount, although the Steam one does not discount the specials for some reason.
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