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Shiro Tokisada Amakusa announced as the next DLC character coming to Samurai Shodown in June alongside new Steam port

The big boss returns

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • May 16, 2021 at 7:58 p.m. PDT • Comments: 64

SNK appears to have caught everyone by surprise tonight by revealing who the next character joining Samurai Shodown's third season is as well as a new version of the game that fans have been asking about for two years now.

The developer announced tonight that Shiro Tokisada Amakusa will be returning as the third character of Season Pass 3 alongside a new Steam version of the fighter.

Amakusa first appeared as the boss character of the original SamSho all the way back in 1993, and he's been included in almost every mainline title since — so it's not too much of a surprise to see him popping back up in the reboot.

Considering he was originally an undead fighter brought back to life by Ambrosia to bring some evil into the world, it'll be interesting to see if Amakusa will once again be a villain or if his original kinder nature will shine through. That look on his face though makes me think it might be the former.

The former boss battles using his magic-infused gem, which he can throw out and have it return to him, so he'll likely be designed as more of a zoner in the current title.

Unless SamSho ends up receiving a fourth season of content, Amakusa will likely be the penultimate DLC fighter added to the game.

Cham Cham and The Last Blade's Hibiki Takane previously released as part of its Season Pass 3, and there's still the Guilty Gear crossover character to finish things out, who hasn't been revealed just yet.

Both Amakusa and the new Steam port of SamSho are scheduled to launch on the same day, June 14, so we have a little less than a month to wait until the next update hits SNK's fighting game.

Samurai Shodown first released in June 2019 followed by a Epic Games Store version in 2020. As many likely presumed, Epic appears to have acquired a one-year exclusivity deal for the title, so it'll finally be available on Steam almost two years after its initial launch.

No information has been revealed regarding the pricing and what content is all included with the Steam release, but we may find out more later this week if SNK replaces their standard King of Fighters 15 announcement with Amakusa's gameplay trailer.

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