Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time gameplay trailer

The classic animated series Samurai Jack, which saw an ending in 2017, gets a brand new videogame courtesy of developer Soleil titled Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time. Genndy Tartakovsky, the legendary animator behind Jack, as well as other classics like Dexter’s Laboratory, sat down with IGN on the second day of their Summer of Gaming event to talk about it.

Long ago in a distant land…

We got to see a lot more of the hack n slash action gameplay that will be showcased throughout Battle Through Time. In addition to Jack’s sword, players will also utilize their environment and other weapons including guns, which featured heavily in the 2017 finale season. Genndy was also able to confirm that the entire original voice cast has returned for the game. Of course with the exception of Mako Iwamatsu, the original voice of Aku, who passed away in 2006.

The game will also feature several environments from the show, as well as returning characters like The Scotsman. The game takes place right before Jack’s final confrontation with Aku. Aku has trapped Jack in an alternate timeline and he must fight alongside his closest allies and take on the series’ strongest villains to make it back to the point where he can finally confront the evil that is Aku.

Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time gameplay trailer

A foolish samurai warrior stepped forth to oppose me…

Having Genndy on board as well as the original voice cast is a good sign of the level of care this project is having put into it. Since the series is over, worries about this being a mere cash-in can be pretty much cast aside. Fans can rest assured that this won’t be another Shadow of Aku. Which was the ill-fated and awful PS2 and Gamecube game from 2004 that was sadly Jack’s last appearance headlining his own video game. The game is still in development and is scheduled to release summer of this year on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Microsoft Windows.

Kevin Carignan
Kevin is a lifelong gamer and has been a fan of fighting games since he first walked up to a Marvel vs. Capcom cabinet at the tender age of 8 at the local arcade. (Kids ask your parents what an "arcade" is). He may not be very good at them, but that doesn't stop him from enjoying them. He also loves character action games, survival horror, and speaking in the third person. Also covers Digital Card Games (DCCGs), specifically Legends of Runeterra and Teppen.

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