Fans of classic 2D fighters should keep an eye out for the release boards. A new anthology of the classic SNK Samurai
Strong test Shodown NeoGeo arcade era titles land on a bunch of platforms. It will be $ 40 on PS4 and Switch when it comes out in July. You can get it on Steam on June 18 for the same price.
But if you visit the Epic Games Store on PC, you can get it a week earlier, on June 11. And I admit to having buried the lead here: you can get it for free. Like a bunch of high profile games lately, Epic gives Samurai Shodown: NeoGeo Collection for free on PC. After the 18th, it will cost $ 40, just like the Steam version.
For about a year, Epic has been offering a new free game (or two) every week as it tries to develop its PC platform into a true Steam competitor. It makes sense: free-to-play has fueled the transition from the game engine supplier’s business to the central publication Fortnite: Battle Royale. Most of the gifts were smaller independent titles, but in 2020 they moved to AAA gifts like Assassin’s Creed, Batman Arkham, and Grand Theft Auto.
Samurai Shodown: NeoGeo Collection includes the original 1993 game and its four sequels, plus the remix Samurai Showdown V: Special. There is also Samurai Showdown V: Perfect, an updated version with elements of history that have never been published in the arcade or on home consoles. (So yes, it’s more like five games and two special editions.)
The collection also offers online multiplayer for all games, more than 200 music tracks, behind-the-scenes interviews and information from developers, as well as videos of classic professional matches. This all follows the renewed interest in the series after Samurai Shodown, a 3D restart game that was acclaimed last year.