The gameplay reveal for Shadow Warrior 3 has dropped in the Devolver Direct stream, giving us a good look at the sequel to the action shooter coming out in 2021. The game will be coming to PC, though there’s no word on if it’s coming to consoles, whether that’s PS4 and Xbox One, or next-gen consoles PS5 and Xbox Series X. The last game was PC first, console later, so we’ll see.
The game was announced with a tongue in cheek teaser trailer released earlier this week, with Lo Wang returning and showing off some awesome abilities while also poking fun at the devs and publisher.
In Shadow Warrior 3, Lo Wang heads off to uncharted parts of the world to track down the dark beast and delay the apocalypse just a little bit longer. To do this, he’ll need to grab the mask of a dead god, a dragon’s egg and weild enough magic and some truly barmy to push back the Shadowlands.
There’s an emphasis on enhanced mobility in the game, with new wall running and grappling hook abilities, while flinging abilities and bullets at all the various enemies. There’s some brutal new execution moves as well. Exactly what fans of the series want to see.
The teaser shows of the series’ sense of humour, poking fun at the teaser trailer process and the role of Flying Wild Hogs and Devolver Digital. There’s a good look at some forearms, a nice bit of wall-running, a grappling hook and some mythological enemies, as well as the gory means with which you’ll get to fight them. Well some of them, because we’ll actually get to see it in action at the gameplay reveal.
Having revived the classic shooter series in 2013, Flying Wild Hogs took their first sequel in new and interesting directions, with the integration of new “looter shooter” style gameplay mechanics and co-op. In the run up to Shadow Warrior 3’s reveal, Game Director Kuba Opoń said, “We hope that Shadow Warrior 3 will feel like a homecoming for those fans that have been with us since the beginning.” That certainly gave a few hints that they were taking a step back from some of those elements.
Jim handled our Shadow Warrior 2 review for its 2017 console release, writing:
“Flying Wild Hog has gone well beyond churning out a simple sequel to its rebooted series. Shadow Warrior 2 stands on its own as a frenzied yet fresh blending of genres that can easily enthral groups of players for hours at a time. For lone wolves, the looting and shooting will be slightly less appealing. This, and a few smaller hitches, hold the game back from greatness, though die-hard fans of the genre will certainly get their fill.”