As someone who grew up in the early ’00s, I fondly remember Adult Swim as my first exposure to the world of animation beyond slapstick humor and “friendly” programming. Samurai Jack was one of many shows I recall watching through this division of Cartoon Network, and although the series officially concluded in 2017 after a brief revival, it looks like Jack’s time-traveling escapades aren’t over just yet.
Set for a mid-2020 release for all major consoles and Steam, Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time will see the time-displaced samurai hacking and slashing his way through multiple timelines on his quest to rid the world of Aku. If the trailer above is anything to go by, I wouldn’t be surprised if elements of early 00’s action and 3D platformer games sneak their way into the final product. Aku’s “Rated T for Teen!” at the end is priceless and a well-executed throwback in and of itself.
Phil LaMarr and Greg Baldwin will reprise their roles as Jack and Aku respectively, and the story is being penned by Darrick Bachman. While the MSRP isn’t known, I’m going to go with an estimate of $39.99 based off of the fact that licensed video games are generally priced below AAA stuff upon release. The game is slated for Nintendo Switch, PS4, Steam, and Xbox.
In the meantime, if you’re still living in the timeline as Myspace, screechy dial-up sounds and portable CD players- there were two other Samurai Jack games released back in 2003 and 2004 respectively. Samurai Jack: The Amulet of Time was released for the Gameboy Advance in 2003 and mimicked what’s now commonly known as the “Metroidvania” sub-genre of action platformers. Samurai Jack: The Shadow of Aku was released for the Playstation 2 and Gamecube in 2004, combining elements of 3D platformers and beat ’em ups.
…I still really want a 3D platformer based on Courage the Cowardly Dog. Gaming gods…if you’re listening…give me a sign.