A Microsoft Store leak in January pointed to a March 1 launch date for Shadow Warrior 3, the upcoming first-person story of ninjas, demons, and actually ridiculous weapons. Because it seems, Microsoft obtained it proper: March 1 is the day, and we have a brand new trailer to show it.
The trailer leans into Shadow Warrior’s by-now acquainted mix of goofiness, outsized enemies, and excessive violence. It additionally seems extra according to Shadow Warrior 2 than the primary recreation within the rebooted collection, which is way from “critical” however extra restrained than earlier video games.
(Satirically, Devolver stated in 2020 that Shadow Warrior 3 “is doing away with some of the excesses” of its predecessor, though that was extra of a reference to stat administration than explosions and gibs.)
Sharp-eared followers may additionally discover that Lo Wang sounds just a little totally different this time round. That is as a result of Shadow Warrior 3 will function a brand new trio of recent voices: Mike Moh as Lo Wang, Andromeda Dunker as Motoko, and SungWon Cho as Zilla. Alex Dobrenko will return to the collection as Hoji, Lo Wang’s reluctant companion from the primary recreation.
“Since rebooting the Shadow Warrior franchise, Flying Wild Hog and Devolver Digital have aimed to modernize the collection, and a part of that’s correcting our mistake of casting a voice actor inconsistent with the hero Lo Wang’s cultural background,” Devolver’s Robbie Paterson defined in an e-mail despatched to PC Gamer.
“Each groups are excited to start a brand new chapter with the wonderful Mike Moh and are eternally grateful to Jason Liebrecht for his work on the collection. Mike additionally used to actually kill dragons as a small little one, so we have used that candy, candy inventory trade cash for some completely reckless katana purchases in case he ever desires to show us how to try this.”
The distinction was instantly noticeable however I hadn’t picked up on it beforehand, so I went again by way of the earlier half-dozen Shadow Warrior 3 trailers, and it seems that Lo Wang hasn’t spoken in any of them for the reason that 2020 teaser trailer—and except my ears deceive me (and I’m fairly certain they don’t) the voice in that video is supplied by Liebrecht, who voiced the character by way of the primary two video games. Devolver confirmed that right now’s launch date trailer is actually the primary public reveal of Moh as Lo Wang.
When you’re curious concerning the first two video games within the rebooted collection, they’re each on sale on Steam—Shadow Warrior, Shadow Warrior 2—as a part of the Lunar New 12 months Sale. To seek out out extra, hit up shadowarrior.com.