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Shadow of the Beast Launching May 17th on PS4

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Shadow of the Beast Launching May 17th on PS4

We’ve finally reached a critical point in development and we’re excited to share some good news with our beloved PlayStation fans — Shadow of the Beast will launch in North America on May 17, 2016!

Shadow of the Beast Launching May 17th on PS4

Our small team has been using their time to the fullest and we’ve made significant changes in the last few months. Fans of the fighting genre will be excited to hear that we’ve fine-tuned the combat experience from top to bottom, honing in on optimal response times for buttery smooth combat, just like the golden age combat action games from the past. And we haven’t forgotten about Aarbron! The game’s protagonist received upgrades to the full extent of his abilities and we’ve equipped him with some of the mystic artefacts that add much more depth to gameplay. Shadow of the Beast feels quite different to other combat-adventure games, but hopefully people will find it very rewarding!

Just before we go, we’d like to share a few new screenshots from the game, including one that reveals a feature we haven’t talked about yet — the gun!

Shadow of the Beast on PS4

Finally, we are also very excited to be able to reveal exclusively here on PlayStation.Blog that pre-ordering will get you a fantastic free dynamic theme featuring a brand new original creature designed by acclaimed artist Roger Dean. Roger was the creator of the cover art for the original Shadow of the Beast game and its sequel, so it’s a massive honor to have him revisit the universe with our game.

Here’s a sneak peek preview image of what you can expect…

Shadow of the Beast PS4 Theme

If all that has you interested, then please note that Shadow of the Beast is available for pre-order on PlayStation Store soon — and with the new dynamic theme you can fully immerse yourself in the world of Karamoon when the game arrives on May 17.

Thanks for taking the time to read about our game, it is genuinely appreciated.

All the best,
Matt and the Team at Heavy Spectrum

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55 Comments

  • KidGreengene

    Man, I forgot all about this game since they revealed it way back when. Very curious to see how it has shaped up since.

    • iamtylerdurden1

      It looks so improved, wow. The visuals are impressive and i LOVE the varied environments, from dry desert to lush green lands. Please make sure the difficulty is high, like in the original.

      Day1 buy for me.

  • Mercenary09

    Great to finally have a release date for this game. I’ve been looking forward to it for years now.

    • Mark O'Connor
      Mark O'Connor

      Good to finally share the release date, not long to wait now until you can play for yourself.

  • NeoncloudFF

    Very excited for this game! But was wondering – would the team consider this a metroidvania or more of a linear action platformer?

  • CrusaderForever

    Thank you for the update! Sounds like a lot of fun. There are a lot of games I need to buy that’s for sure.

  • saiyanknight87

    Do we have to wait for the next store update to pre-order or will it be up today. I hope the dynamic theme is dope definitely going to pre-order when i get home if this is up today!

    • Michael Pulst
      Michael Pulst

      The theme does look good, but all we can share at this point is that screenshot. A more thorough preview will be available when the option to pre-order and additional details of the game are shared in the coming weeks.

  • boomstickbhg

    This article says barely anything about the game.

    I have no idea what it is. Therefore I have no interest.

  • IcedDice777

    I’ll wait for the retail version then give you my money

    • Mark O'Connor
      Mark O'Connor

      You get the Dynamic Theme for free if you pre-order, and it’s pretty sweet.

  • OMG YES! May is going to be so crowded with games my god. GOOD NEWS!

  • fudgenasty21

    such a shame this is a side scroller instead of a AAA action game like god of war. sony never fails to let me down since the ps4 launch.

    • UH. NO. This is Shadow of The Beast, originally a side scroller. I am glad they went in the original direction. And you know there’s a new God of War in the works at Sony Santa Monica. Exercise some damn patience.

    • fudgenasty21

      The problem is Sony has milked god of war so much the cow is now dry, that’s why I think this could have been a good replacement

    • Um no if this wasn’t a side scrolling game I wouldn’t even bother with it. As far as I’m concerned it is a AAA game.

  • This looks really cool!

    • yOu_mAy__dIe

      It does and discrediting it because it’s not a AAA or because it’s a side scroller, dumb. Old classics are side scrollers, so I don’t we the deal with a being the same today but with advance graphics.

  • yOu_mAy__dIe

    Dude this a independent developer, Sony is publishing the game, they have nothing to do with the game not being like Gid of War. If Sony letting you down so much switch to Microsoft and the XBx One, the games flowing like water over there, Lol.

  • how much does this game cost ? i can’t wait to pre-order this . wow, it coming out on May 17 along Homefront Revolution. i also getting Hoemfront Revolution on that day too

    • yOu_mAy__dIe

      Sony firing on all cylinders being something for every genre Month after Month.

    • Michael Pulst
      Michael Pulst

      We’ll be announcing cost all of the pre-order details when the pre-order option goes live on the store. We’re glad you’re looking forward to it. Stay tuned for more updates!

  • Will pick it up day one!

    • Mark O'Connor
      Mark O'Connor

      Awesome to hear and thanks for helping out with providing a link to the latest trailer until we sorted things out!!!

  • I suppose the gameplay video will be in your next post…

    • Mark O'Connor
      Mark O'Connor

      We’ve had a bit of a technical issue, the latest trailer will be added shortly…..sorry for the delay.

    • Thanks for the update.

      Game looks pretty good and a sweet theme as well.

      But no, I will not preorder!! Especially a digital only game. What’s the point? These days, games aren’t even guaranteed to work on release day anyways.

  • Mark O'Connor
    Mark O'Connor
    Mark O'Connor

    All updated, along with some additional info….please check it out!!!!

  • Omg finally a release date and bonus goodies for preorder :) insta-buy

  • Will this release on disc or digital only? And is this a PS4 exclusive or cross-platform? Only single-player or will there be MP?

    • Mark O'Connor
      Mark O'Connor

      It’s a PS4 exclusive, digital only title. It also has async multiplayer so you can challenge your friends (or other players)…keep checking back to the blog for future updates.

  • OMG Guys, I am so excited for this!!! I was hopeful, until I played the build at PSX- then I was HYPED!!! This is one of the best side scrolling action games I’ve played. The combat and atmosphere were both so satisfying and I’m so EXCITED!!! May 17th!!!!! :D

    • Mark O'Connor
      Mark O'Connor

      Great to hear that you have played already, we have improved further since PSX, so you should be in for a real treat when finally get to play from May 17th!!!

  • Game looks great and I’ve been anxiously awaiting a release date. Will preorder as soon as I can.

  • Doctor_Hank_Pym

    !!!!!

    I’ll be preordering this as soon as possible — I loved the original on Amiga (Did anyone with an Amiga NOT own a copy of this??)

    Love the look of the character design, level design, moves… can’t wait to take it for a spin.

    • Mark O'Connor
      Mark O'Connor

      I think you are right about owning an Amiga and having at least one version of SOTB. We have spent a lot of time on all aspects of the game design from the visual side to the animations and fluid combat, really excited for people to play and check out for themselves.

  • No physical no buy. Way to go SCE you cheap POS’.

  • Any plans to bring Shadow Of The Beast to PS Vita?

  • ElektroDragon

    WILL IT MAKE ME FEEL LIKE I’M 12 PLAYING ON MY AMIGA AGAIN!?? Hope so! Were you able to bring back Tim Wright or David Whittaker? ;)

  • ElektroDragon

    Roger Dean!!! Ok, I’ll settle for Roger Dean. ;)

  • andymortalkomba1

    Oh man THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH FOR ANNOUNCING THIS!!!

    I’ve been waiting for so long for this announcement for North America!!

    I though I was going to miss the dynamic theme but boy was I wrong.

    I’m so excited to play this game! I will definatly try Beast mode once I acquire it! :D

    Again, THANK YOU GUYS!

  • Oh wow, this is a series that I’ve not heard of in a long time. I played the two games on the Genesis way back when, and remember them being rather maddening. More recently, I read how one of them was designed so that if you did not pick up a random item early on, you couldn’t finish the game after spending however many hours on it.

    With all that said, I’m curious how this game ties into the series. The guy we played in the old games definitely appeared to be human.

    • Oh, nevermind. Looks like it is the same character from the first game.

  • I don’t understand why newcomers get so psyched up.

    This looks and sounds *nothing* like the original Amiga masterpiece.

  • VinsanityV21

    I genuinely don’t remember the original game, though I feel like it may have been ported to the Genesis or SNES at some point. Like most Amiga games popular in Europe back in the early 90’s, I just don’t think it was as popular here in the ‘States. Is the original going to be in this one anywhere?

    I’d be very interested in checking it out, and I know that kind of thing happens from time-to-time – the HD Flashback remake that no one liked much had the original game accessible from an arcade machine, Sonic 1 was playable in Sonic Generations via an in-game Genesis, and Eurogamer just confirmed recently that the first two levels of Timesplitters 2 is hidden in Homefront the Revolution, even! And those two games are connected only by development lineage; Homefront is obviously not a follow-up of any kind to TimeSplitters.

    It would be real cool to check this out, as it looks like a pretty solid Rastan/Altered Beast/WolfChild type of game…

    • VinsanityV21

      I mean, the new one obviously looks rad too :) I’m onboard that already! I just feel like I’m missing something here, hence my comment with the focus more about the original.

  • A bit late to comment but damn the game looks fantastic,glad I followed it since the announcement.I may pre-order it and that evolution…ha its always nice to see that.

  • How much is it going to cost?

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