A Decade Later, New Samurai Jack Game Has a 50/50 Shot at Success

Posted in: Gaming NewsOp-ed
February 27, 2020 1:14 PM UTC

Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time got a surprise reveal on Tuesday and the game could end up immensely pleasing or disappointing fans.

  • Samurai Jack is finally getting a new game after more than a decade.
  • Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the best developer behind it.
  • That may lead to the game disappointing fans when it comes out this summer.

Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time got a surprise reveal on Tuesday and it’s definitely not something fans were expecting. The animated series finished its run in 2017, which makes this a strange announcement.

I’m all for a Samurai Jack game. On top of that, the gameplay that was shown off in the reveal trailer looks good, but there are a few concerns that need addressing.

The Samurai Jack Game Still Looks Rough

First off, that trailer looks a little rough. Normally that wouldn’t be a problem, but the game is set to come out in Summer 2020. That doesn’t leave much time to polish the final product.

Another concern is the lack of gameplay in the game’s trailer. There are a few snippets in the middle, but much of the video shows animated sequences like what appears in the show.

Of course, these two factors alone aren’t enough to cause worry. At least, not if a strong development team is behind the game.

Soleil…who the heck is that?

Samurai Jack deserves a good game after such a long hiatus. Source: Steam/Bandai Namco

The Samurai Jack Game Doesn’t Have a Great Developer

Soleil is a small-time developer. The only game fully made by it is Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker, which doesn’t have the best review scores.

Outside of that, the developer has worked on Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes and Devil’s Third. The review scores for either of those games don’t inspire confidence in Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time.

Adult Swim puts out great indie games, but can it save Samurai Jack? Source: Steam/Adult Swim Games

At Least the Publisher Has a Proven History

On the flip side of that is Adult Swim Games, which is acting as the publisher for this new Samurai Jack game.

For those that don’t know, Adult Swim Games actually has a solid track record. It has plenty of great indie games under its belt.

Among these is Westerado: Double Barreled, Volgar the Viking, and, of course, the 2010 viral sensation Robot Unicorn Attack.

Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time definitely seems to be a step above these in terms of ambition and Adult Swim Games may realize this. If so, perhaps Soleil will finally have a hit on its hands.

At least the game has some sweet art! Source: Twitter

Can Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time Meet Expectations?

What may be even worse for the developer is if the game is just “okay.” Fans of the series are already building up the game on Twitter.

There’s no denying that fans can be incredibly hard to please at times. That holds especially true for niche media, like Samurai Jack, that hasn’t seen a game in over 15 years.

Here’s hoping we get to see some stellar gameplay of Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time during PAX East.

This article was edited by Samburaj Das.

Last modified: February 27, 2020 2:38 PM UTC

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William White comes from Southeast Ohio and is a graduate of Washington State Community College. He's been writing professionally for over 10 years and his current focus is on the gaming industry.

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