(Update) Samurai Shodown demo coming to PS4 and Xbox One in Japan May 31

Master the deadly arts ahead of time

[Update: Since the launch of the trailer two points have come to light. Firstly, there is no Online mode at all, only Training and local VS. Secondly, only two hours of playtime are allowed from the demo’s activation.]

SNK has announced that it will be releasing a demo for its upcoming steel-clashing fighting game Samurai Shodown. The demo will launch in Japan, on both PS4 and Xbox One, May 31 and will be available until June 20, ahead of the game’s official launch a few days later.

Those partaking in the action will be able to choose from one of three characters, new boy Yashamaru, long-time protagonist Hoahmaru, and the animal-loving, big pants-wearing Nakoruru. Players will be able to check these characters out in training and local VS.. This should give you the opportunity to check out these characters, as well as Samurai Shodown’s meticulously-paced mechanics.

There’s no word yet of a western version of this demo but… you know. Samurai Shodown launches for PS4 and Xbox One in North America and Europe June 25, with Japan to follow on June 27. PC and Nintendo Switch ports are expected later this year.

Samurai Shodown demo coming to PS4 this weekend [Gematsu / PR Times]

Chris Moyse
Senior Editor - Chris has been playing video games since the 1980s. Former Saturday Night Slam Master. Graduated from Galaxy High with honors.