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Shadow Warrior 2 Hits PS4 on May 19, Blends Melee and Ranged Combat

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Shadow Warrior 2 Hits PS4 on May 19, Blends Melee and Ranged Combat

Developers want you to get that "ninja feel" by letting you switch weapons with deadly ease.

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Greetings, Wangsters! The teams at Flying Wild Hog and Devolver Digital are excited to announce that Shadow Warrior 2 will hit PS4 on May 19 and will launch with The Shadow Warrior Collection that includes a free download of Shadow Warrior for PS4!

The Shadow Warrior series began with what is lovingly referred to as Shadow Warrior Classic in 1997, continued with our 2014 reboot Shadow Warrior, and now the release of Shadow Warrior 2 on the franchise’s 20th anniversary. It’s a pretty exciting moment for us and really awesome that we get to release the game on PS4 during this important milestone in the series.

Our team has built upon this legacy of classic first-person shooter gameplay in Shadow Warrior 2 by blending fast-paced gunplay with the series’ trademark melee combat. Players will have access to dozens of weapons, from handguns and assault rifles to katanas and chainsaws, allowing them to thin the enemy horde from a distance before jumping into the fray and cutting down what remains. This interplay between ranged firing and melee combat drives Shadow Warrior 2 and forces an interesting risk-versus-reward decision for players when deciding on how to handle each combat situation.

Getting this “ninja feel” was extremely important to our team during development of Shadow Warrior 2 on PS4 and we spent a lot of time testing how switching from ranged gunplay to close quarters melee combat felt on DualShock 4. It was crucial that players be able to both aim and fire their ranged weapons at a distance and then seamlessly (and quickly) switch to melee weapons to perform brutal slashes and devastating combos at close range.

The team took great care in putting together a weapons selection configuration that took advantage of the DualShock 4’s features to keep the player in control and have all weapons at their disposal easily. The dual thumbsticks, touch pad, and directional pad can all be used in different ways to equip, charge, and execute attacks so that players really get that ninja feel while traversing the levels.

We’re proud of our results and think the PlayStation community will appreciate this attention to detail that is so crucial when playing a white knuckle FPS like Shadow Warrior 2.

The other important feature that our team (and our fans) wanted to nail was online cooperative play. Shadow Warrior 2 has a pretty slick non-linear campaign that allows players to accomplish some key missions in a specific order while veering off into side missions to collect new weapons and items while leveling up their persistent character. While it’s no doubt fun to go at it solo, Shadow Warrior 2 really shines when you have three friends tackling missions together and working as a team to take down some of the larger boss enemies together.

Shadow Warrior 2 is Flying Wild Hog’s biggest game to date and we’re thrilled that it’s arriving on PS4 next week. Our hope is that fans of the first game will appreciate how Shadow Warrior 2 takes everything to the next level and that new players will enjoy the free download of Shadow Warrior alongside their purchase of Shadow Warrior 2.

Thanks for all your support along the way and big thanks to our friends at PlayStation for helping make this release possible.

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  • I really enjoyed the original Shadow Warrior, especially the Death Metal bunny part, so I’m really looking forward to finally being able to play this on PS4. The addition of co-op makes it even more enticing. I think it’s safe to say I’ll be playing this day one! Any chance the soundtrack will get posted somewhere?

  • YES FINALLY!!! But hey, Shadow Warrior was quite popular so some of us already own it. Newcomers will get Shadow Warrior for free with purchase of SW2, but us fans who already own the first one don’t get anything? I’m not complaining, I just thought that was interesting. And no physical copy this time around?

    • My mistake (I think)! The Shadow Warrior Collection is a separate bundle from SW2.

    • Nope, I was correct the first time as per that penultimate paragraph lol. But I’m more concerned about a physical copy.

  • TotalMackerel

    Can’t wait to play! Is there any Pro support for the game?

  • bigmansavagedan

    Will there be a physical release on this one as well? I saw Amazon has it listed but it has the generic “we don’t know when or if this item will be available” message:(

    • Tadek Zielinski
      Tadek Zielinski

      There will be a limited physical version done by Devolver’s Special Reserve – you can order it from anywhere. No retail tho.

    • preddykrueger

      Tadek, do you have an estimate on when the limited physical version will be available for purchase? Thanks.

    • Tadek Zielinski
      Tadek Zielinski

      There should be enough for all interested :) If not we will print MOARRR…

    • I would also like to know when we can start ordering a physical copy :)

    • BajanShinobi

      Hello Tadek do you have an eta for when the physical copies go up for pre-order or sale on the special reserves site? Very odd how the game is out in two days and no info has been given about the physical versions. This is the only place where it is mentioned.

  • Rusbr_Masas

    Will the game see a physical release? When?

  • GassyMexicano87

    Two things : No mention of the price, & will the free copy of Shadow Warrior 1 be free with the purchase of Shadow Warrior 2 just for launch week or will that be a permanent thing or just limited time?

    • Tadek Zielinski
      Tadek Zielinski

      It will be a limited offer for 2 weeks.

      As for the price – standalone game will be 39.99$ :)

    • $39.99 price includes Shadow Warrior 1 is will there be a Stand Alone and a Collectors edition? What will be the cost of the version that includes both games?

  • HYYYYPEEEEEE!!! I’m SO buying the Shadow Warrior Collection! I got the first game for mac (I know WHY, right?) but the game could never run appropriately on my old mac. So getting 2 for the price of 1 on PS4 is amazing!

  • Great, loved the first game. Can we expect PS4 PRO enhancements? Supersampling or better performance for 1080p?? Thanks!

  • Any chance we will get Shadow Warrior classic (from the 90’s) on PlayStation consoles? I would love to play through the original! I know it’s available on steam etc. but I’m a console man. Thanks in advance if you release it!

    • Tadek Zielinski
      Tadek Zielinski

      We don’t own the original SW, nor does Devolver to my knowledge, so unfortunately there are no plans for that :(

  • ragedriver187

    Will it come out on disc as well? If it’s digital only, I’m not buying it. Not a chance in hell.

  • EmperorKorea

    I heard this has no PS4 Pro enhancements. Not buying it if true.

  • This game intrigues me. Can anyone speak for how good the single player mode is? Is this an always-online game?

  • SamuraiXSlayr

    Wow, I feel like this release announcement came out of nowhere, last I heard it was TBA, but this is a welcome announcement for me, cool!

  • GH0STxDR0PSH0TZz

    I want to see how the game is

  • I beat the first game and enjoyed it. Very fast paced and interesting story unique gameplay. This is going on my wish list!
    I like the free DL of the first game idea.

  • Will there be a midnight launch. If not then when can I expect to be able to buy the game tomorrow.

  • MR TADEK..CAN YOU PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHEN I CAN ORDER THE PHYSICAL PS4 COPY FROM YOUR WEBSITE…I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO GET IT ASAP SINCE I DO NOT EVER BUY DIGITAL GAMES THANKS…GAMES LOOKING VERY GOOD

  • SlushyMadness

    When can I download this game? I don’t see it on the PlayStation network at all

  • This game releasdd today may 18th on xbox a whole day early!! Too bad refuse to play on xb1 it moztly colle ts dust.

  • Game isn’t showing up in the store, is anyone else having this issue?

  • D3TH_T0LL317

    Maybe this is all an elaborate joke, because it’s the 19th and psn isn’t showing it in it’s releases, no store (in canada) is showing it for sale on their sites. I’m very confused and a little annoyed. Please give us something here bud

  • Yeah whats going on….no reply from developers….no date for special reserve copy for ps4…. isnt today the release date…dont they want our money and to have happy satisfied customers

  • I found it on Xbox one store just now, maybe PlayStation is behind. PlayStation.com says it’s out now but still not showing in store.

    • BOUNDS_OF_BLOOD

      I called the PSN store asking if there was any specific way to get it but they say there was no update on it but before I typed in shadow warrior 2 PlayStation store in google and it was out in Europe which is weird

  • PlayStation.com list it as,out now,

  • D3TH_T0LL317

    It’s out now but can we buy it now is the question lol. I’ve been looking forward to this, and I’ll be damned if I let it ruin my Friday. Should just riot, that will get their attention.

  • Sure wish I could play this game on my ps 4.

  • Tess RIOT!!

  • Yea! RIOT

  • It’s on the store NOW!!

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