We know what the "new classic NeoGeo project" is now. SNK announced that Samurai Shodown V Special will be seeing a re-release on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Unlike Samurai Shodown V Special's original home release, this new version will keep all of the game's Overkill instant death attacks.
"That arcade version of the game was already controversial for its level of violence and gore, but after a violent incident in Japan the fate of the game's home version was in question," wrote SNK's Joshua Weatherford on the PlayStation Blog. "The game was mysteriously delayed right at the last minute, and the community was shocked to find out upon release that the home version of the game had been heavily censored. The last-minute censoring also resulted in critical bugs popping up in the game and SNK quickly issued a recall in response to fan outcry. That recall issued bug fixes but only partially restored the censored parts of the game."
"Today, we are happy to announce that we have heard our fan's requests to bring this game back in its original form, and have been working with our partners at Code Mystics to deliver the game to PS4 and Vita. The goal from the start has been to give the game a proper release that will not be marred by the circumstances that hobbled the original AES launch. Our team believes that it is important to see the game delivered to fans as the original creators intended."
Samurai Shodown V Special wasn't the final Samurai Shodown game, as it was followed by Samurai Shodown VI for PlayStation 2 and the 3DS Samurai Shodown: Edge of Destiny, but it was one of the more-loved releases. Special was also not included in the Samurai Shodown Anthology, something fans made note of upon that release.
A playable beta of Samurai Shodown V Special will be available at EVO 2017.
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