When Samurai Shodown was revived with an all-new game on PS4 in the summer of 2019, fans of SNK’s long-running series were understandably excited. The fighter received positive reviews and there were rumors about the franchise for the first time in decades.
However, the intense title was massively disappointed by its netcode, which was spotty, to say the least. And, with online play being a crucial factor in the continued success of modern fighting games, Samurai Shodown fell behind rather quickly. A real shame, given that the game itself offered something noticeably different from its combo-heavy competitors.
Anyway, we have some good news: Samurai Shodown is getting a network code rollback update in Spring 2023, which should allow for a much better online experience. That will be close to four years after the release of the title!
Some may feel it’s too late, but we can honestly see Samurai Shodown picking up a bit of steam once the update is live. Either way, it’s nice to see SNK commit to an improvement like this.
Would you consider going back to Samurai Shodown if it had a throwback netcode? Land your instant death in the comments section below.