When Samurai Jack returned to the small screen in 2017 after nearly 15 years of silence, its fandom went ballistic after being deprived of witnessing the end of Jack’s journey through time. This year, he will be back in the form of an action RPG!
Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time by Adult Swim Games and Soleil Games is a 3D action RPG that puts players in the shoes of the titular time-traveling samurai. As Jack, players will slice their way through hordes of minions sent by his archnemesis, the dreaded Aku.
Battle Through Time will be the first Samurai Jack game since Shadow of Aku in 2004, which also was an action game. This one looks similar, bearing the hallmarks of Genndy Tartakovsky’s signature art style from the cartoon. Also, it depicts Jack as we remember him in the original show, as well as a grizzled, older Jack wielding a minigun from when we saw him in the revived 2017 final season.
And just to tickle fans even more, voice actor Phil LaMarr will be back to play the role of the iconic samurai.
Taking on the writing reins of Battle Through Time‘s story is Darrick Bachman. Tokyo-based Soleil Games (Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker) – comprised of ex-Team Ninja devs (Ninja Gaiden, Dead or Alive) – will take on the game dev aspect. Given the company’s past experience, we’re assured of some balls-to-the-walls action gameplay.
Samurai Jack was a cult classic when the animated series first aired on Cartoon Network for four seasons between 2001 – 2004. The series was then left hanging without concluding Jack’s story, but was later picked up once more in 2017 by Adult Swim, and featured a more mature story with a more mature Jack (to an understandably more mature audience). Since Battle Through Time will be published by Adult Swim Games, we can certainly expect the writing to go to some really dark places.
Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time will be launched in Summer 2020 for PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
Marion has a serious RPG addiction. Sometimes it bleeds into real life; he forgets to sleep because he thinks he has a Witcher’s body clock. Forgive him in advance if he suddenly blurts out terms such as “Mind Flayer” and “Magic Missile”, because never once does he stop thinking about his next Dungeons & Dragons game.