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Shadow Warrior 3 unveiled with the best trailer we’ve seen in years

by Tejas Dhawan

Devolver Digital and Flying Wild Hog have already unveiled the bizarre new first-person melee shooter Shadow Warrior 3 ahead of this E3-free summer’s most entertaining publisher show. The Polish developer has kindly annoyed several tweets over the past few days, and we finally know what it is.

As the name suggests, Shadow Warrior 3 is a third entry when the franchise 2010 restarts, and Devolver has put together an irreverent, ironic teaser for the occasion.

Stylized as a phone call between the game’s ninja anti-hero, Lo Wang, and his agent about the reveal trailer, it takes a few steps to see both Devolver and developer Flying Wild Hog and the reveal trailer format itself before an encounter with a group is shown by enemies. As is to be expected, it combines deadly gun play with unforgiving hand-to-hand combat and a good dose of mobility for the powerful, murderous cocktail of violence. There is also a look at the new gripper hook set to further strengthen the free-running motion system in the series.

Packed with gags, exaggerated violence, a rather distraught looking rabbit, and a few spine removals, we wouldn’t expect anything less from Devolver. When these things happen, it hits the mark for a fairly entertaining first look at Shadow Warrior 3’s cruel battle and signals a welcome departure from the tone of most game announcements.

Regarding Shadow Warrior 3, we refer you to the official description, which gives a pretty good picture of what to expect. Not surprisingly, Lo Wang’s predicament was mainly caused by himself and affects an old dragon that is warding off an upcoming apocalypse. It is reading:

“Shadow Warrior 3 takes the fancy first-person shooter series to the next level with a seamless mix of fast-paced gunplay, razor-sharp melee combat and a spectacular free-running movement system. Fallen company shogun Lo Wang and his former employer, who became the enemy, became a friend of Orochi Zilla and embarked on an improbable mission to recapture an old dragon that they had involuntarily released from his eternal prison. With a punishing mix of blades and bullets, Lo Wang has to cross unknown parts of the world to track down the dark animal and push back the apocalypse. All it takes is the mask of a dead god, a dragon egg, a hint of magic and enough firepower to tear down the invading shadow lands. “

When we can expect Shadow Warrior 3, there is a preliminary release window from 2021. There is no other word on platforms than a confirmed PC start. As for consoles, we’re still in the dark, but possibly PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, as the planned release is due to the expected release of both in late 2020.

Devolver has promised a full reveal of the gameplay during its upcoming Devolver Direct 2020 presentation, which is currently scheduled for July 11th at 12 noon PST. Devolver will not only take a first look at the gameplay of Shadow Warrior 3, but will also continue its bloody, comedic multi-event saga and of course present a generous selection of upcoming games.

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