Xseed picks up Samurai Shodown Sen

Xbox 360-exclusive 3D installment of SNK fighting game gets a new publisher, name, spring release date.

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At last year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, Ignition Entertainment showed off Samurai Shodown: Edge of Destiny, an Xbox 360-exclusive 3D installment of the long-running SNK fighting series. The game dropped off the radar shortly after the show, but it has resurfaced with a new name, publisher, and release window.

Xseed is hoping the third time's the charm for a 3D Samurai Shodown game.

Xseed Games today announced that it has obtained the North American publishing rights to the game, which it will release as Samurai Shodown Sen. An Ignition Entertainment representative would not say why or when the company's involvement in the project ended.

Samurai Shodown Sen features two dozen fighters (13 of them returning from previous Shodown games), online multiplayer, and a "healthy" amount of gore. It marks the third time SNK has developed a 3D version of its sword-swinging fighter series. The previous two attempts, 1997's Samurai Shodown 64 arcade game and its sequel, Warrior's Rage, were critically unsuccessful.

Samurai Shodown Sen is set for North American release this spring. For more on the game back when it was still called Edge of Destiny, check out GameSpot's hands-on coverage from E3.

Discussion

59 comments
dogbert784
dogbert784

looks cool...but I might as well play Tekken or Soul Caliber

Henninger
Henninger

I knew nothing about this game until i saw the weekly ad for gamestop. Im glad its finally coming out though cuz i'll pick it up when it drops.

daman246
daman246

were probably gona see the end of this series of game it this one doesn't succeed

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

After the abysmal past few 3D Samurai Shodown games, I'm going to take a wait and see approach with this one. Here's hoping we won't have another KOF debacle (all eye candy and no substance).

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

@TheTHCGamer : yeah, I recognize your name, I'm Ducky on that board. I was so disappointed by KoF XII only because I expected so much out of it. If they'd released it at $30, I probably would've been fine though.

gojira_x
gojira_x

There were 3 previous 3D Samurai Shodown games actually, two in the arcade and one console-exclusive sequel (the one linked to in this article). Not that the arcade games were that good, but they weren't as sucktacular as the PS1 game and I don't ever recall anyone bothering to review either of them. There's often some confusion about this because the second arcade game was called Warrior's Rage, and so is the PS1 game. However, the PS1 game is actually supposed to be titled Warrior's Rage 2. For some reason various localizations removed the 2 from the title, so people mistakenly believed that the arcade game and the PS1 game were one in the same. You would never know they weren't unless you'd actually played them.

Palsa
Palsa

It would be nice if they included some of their other characters for a change, not that I'm putting this down, it's just that I feel it lacks a certain variety, and there are other characters from past games in the series I would rather play as. At the very least, I hope they included more as hidden unlockable characters.

X-RS
X-RS

wow. i must say im glad to see this coming over finally. however, it makes me wonder whats up with snk/ignition love. has it died?!?!?

angelGP32
angelGP32

as i've said many times, and I'll say it again, I'll play the originals, on the hardware it's been meant to be played on. Ever since the MVS originals, the games have gone downhill, so i have no hope for this one, and that's not just for SS series either. Thank god for my 4 slot in the basement

doontime
doontime

Looks pretty stupid...-_-

Misfit119
Misfit119

This wasn't really all that impressive at E3 last year. Let's hope that with the move to XSeed it gets some of the attention that it deserves.

concertostrife
concertostrife

I wish they didn't get rid of the animals/pets. It doesn't seem like a Samurai Spirits game without them. Even so, I'm glad this is finally coming out.

XanderZane
XanderZane

Kleeyook NOOOOOO!! Why isn't it on PS3!? ********************************************************* Same reason Valkyria Chronicles and White Knight Chronicles is only on the PS3. The developers want it that way. Good to see 360 finally get some more exclusives. The game looks ok and is fast enough, that's for sure. I don't see this as being a BIG exclusive for Microsoft. It's similar to the exclusive Katamari and Naruto games (Rise of a Ninja & Broken Bond). People will know about them, but probably won't care that much. I don't expect this game to sell millions either like Left 4 Dead or Forza 3. Anyway, make sure you get MadCatz SFIV Fightpad or Fightstick for this game. An Hori Fightstick will work good as well.

oneligas
oneligas

i wish that some Trillonaire would just buy up Capcom, SNK, and any other company that has made a Street Fighter clone so that he/she would order them to make one final game with all the characters from all their games so i never ever have to buy a new one with limited updates like super, turbo, hyper, championship, or any of the one hundred sequels released every year.

snxx
snxx

Forget about 3D and forget about Samurai Shodown: make a new, and 2D, Last Blade!

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

NOOOOOO!! Why isn't it on PS3!? :(

monson21502
monson21502

i think ive turned into a shooter player only. i dont enjoy fighters or rpgs like i used to. only games i seem to like now. is halo, cod, rfom,kz2, gears of war, ect ect. i did like uncharted 2 and darksiders though.but one has a gun and the other had a really big sword that i could gut demons with. this gen has ruined me lol

leeko_link
leeko_link

Cool, another 3D Samurai Shodown Warrior's Rage 2 but why can't we get a new 2D Samurai Shodown 7 in glorified HD instead?

FallenAngel
FallenAngel

I like the Samurai Shodown games. Too bad I don't have a 360 :(

watchuwa
watchuwa

wow, another exclusive to show why the 360 is better than the ps3

huntervaneg
huntervaneg

Excellent, the evolution of the franchise to 3d graphics looks amazing..! And the action and sweet scent of SS is alive!!!

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

I wouldn't mind this being an XBox 360 if it wasn't for the shoddy d-pad (and no, I'm not paying $100 for an arcade stick!). I think I'll wait for the inevitable PS3 release after Sony shows up with huge wads of cash and XSEED finally gives in to the barrage of death threats by PS3 fanatics.

force_user1975
force_user1975

Great news, glad to see another exclusive coming out for the XBox 360. Microsoft has certainly raised the bar thus far this year.

juicebox1134
juicebox1134

We use to have Samurai Shodown and Mk 3 in my highschool lunch room no lie. I never could figure out why though but who cares Samurai Shodown was freakin sweet! Cant wait.

Ranma_X_basic
Ranma_X_basic

All i care about is this game actually hitting shelves so i can buy it since i'm a long time fan of the series (as well as King of Fighters) I just hope this game turns out good. personally though i'd prefer if the game had HD graphics like King of Fighters 12. but that's just me wishing that lol.

jadefury27
jadefury27

Oh sweet lord that looked awful. that looked like a ps1 game! they need to stop trying their hand at 3-d and stick with the 2-d format. arc system works is beating them at their own game.

zomglolcats
zomglolcats

I love the Samurai Showdown series. Hopefully it transitions well to 3D. Looks pretty good so far.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

great news. i hope there's a demo

Bad-Chad
Bad-Chad

I just played the demo of SAmurai Showdown 2 on XBLA. That game is awesome and was a great alternative to SF. I hope that this game will try to keep the strategy and gore elements of the original.

mykel77
mykel77

im so glad dead or alive 5 will be multi platform. bring on doa5 and the new Mortal Kombat. bet you after the exclusivity ends psn will get this as a download. im glad its 3d though, 2d is so 10 years ago. theres a depper depth in 3d fighters you cant get in a 2d game.

SephirothSyZtem
SephirothSyZtem

QIREXIAN....Without exclusives, we would only have one console......no Competition. Which would in turn lead to a stale market because no one is pushed to try anything different. It just wouldn't work. I personally hope it never happens.

otanikun
otanikun

Edge of Destiny sounds better, and this game is gonna rock, I've seen the kill moves you can perform, always wanted to do that in this series.

Qirexian
Qirexian

I'd definitely prefer a 2D "and a half" version of the game, much like SFIV or Tatsunoko VS Capcom, but I'd gladly take anything that makes this franchise look good right now. Like most of you guys, I was terribly disappointed by the latest KOF.. And about it being an exclusive: my opinion has always been the same.. if a platform can run a game then it should be made available for it.. Give games to the people..

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

Samurai Showdown has never been too successful outside the arcades. Even though this is nothing compare to the first Playstation era of fighting games left and right but we have enough fighting games as it is or in the US at least. Japan might say otherwise.

TheTHCGamer
TheTHCGamer

@andrew_dueck thats an understatment im on the ignition forums more than i should be and even the mods know that KOFXII sucked. the whole damn ignition forum is filled with people who are disappointed or pissed off about buying a 60 dollar demo (KOFXII). SNK needs to die already and a company like capcom should buy them out so theres some actual quality control. do not let SNK steal your money this is not the same SNK that we use to expect good fighting games from.

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

Based on how much KoFXII sucked, and how vocal this was on the Ignition forums, I wouldn't be surprised if they dropped it to avoid another lemon. They even said they wouldn't publish KoFXIII if it wasn't an improvement.

TheTHCGamer
TheTHCGamer

oh i forgot one last thing i can guarantee you the other reason ignition dropped this game is because its going to play horrible online and ufortunately thats the case for every SNK fighting game released this gen. just play any SNK fighting game that you have to download on the market place or the PSN store then youll see what i mean. the same thing applies to KOFXII its so bad that its not even worth playing online. KOFXII has the worst online play of any fighting game this year. im not bashing SNK but telling you the truth if you dont believe me play KOFXII. believe there was a reason why samurai showdown 64 and warriors rage were unsuccessful its because those games were garbage. SNK is not trying to make quality games anymore they are just trying to cash in before they go out of business.

TheTHCGamer
TheTHCGamer

fighting games are my favorite genre and SNK is just a dying company trying to make money before they go out of business. the reason ignition didnt want to publish samurai showdown sen anymore is because they took enough flak for KOFXII. samurai showdown sen is so poor quality that ignition themselves couldnt afford to publish another crappy fighting game from SNK. believe once some of you actually play this game youll see what im saying but unfortunately itll be to late for the people who end up buying this god awful game. do yourselves a favor dont buy this garbage or KOFXII.

TheTHCGamer
TheTHCGamer

a warning to you fight fans this game is garbag and SNK is not what they use to be. did any of you play KOFXII? well the game was literally a 60 dollar demo. it featured an arcade mode with 5 levels and no boss. worse yet there werent any other modes besides arcade mode and the online for that game was by far the worst for any fighting game this gen maybe ever. when you actually played KOFXII you realize that the game only has 4 backgrounds and the characters moves dont even feel finished. this is a warning to old school SNK/samurai showdown fans do not waste your money on this game. when the reviews hit it will recieve scores of 3's and 5's. SNK has lost touch with there fanbase and doesnt care what they want anymore. they have become arrogant and assume they know what there fanbase wants without even bothering to find out from the fans themselves. there wasnt a fighting game i was looking forward to more this gen than king of the fighters XII and i havent been more disappointed with a game this gen.

Jigen_Kage
Jigen_Kage

I'm glad someone decided to pick this one up, It shouldn't have been cancelled in the first place IMO.

TheArcade
TheArcade

Very good, I will be getting this game. Love Samurai Showdown.

Lum_Yatsura
Lum_Yatsura

360 has long been the go-to system for niche releases in japan this gen. Most of its shmups and things like idolmaster don't even so much as glance at PS3.

TruXael
TruXael

Wow this game is still an exclusive? Why isn't microsoft using their extra cash to fund their first party development studios? This game isn't going to sell good, Tekken 6 didn't sell good compared to the PS3, and all microsoft did was waste money. This is stupid.

mykel77
mykel77

pretty cool. i dont get why its on the 360 though, that d pad is awful when it comes to fighters.

travisstaggs
travisstaggs

The game looks like a great fighter already.