Shadow Warrior, the cult classic FPS from 3D Realms, is back. A reimagining is being made by Hard Reset developers Flying Wild Hog, but lets hope they leave out the stereotypes and racism. Lo Wang returns (okay, off to a bad start already) to acquire the legendary blade Nobitsura Kage, and then battle the horde of demons he likely unknowingly unleashes. Sword, gun, magic -- all in a day's word for Lo Wang (guh).
Devolver Digital CFO Fork Parker dropped this gem in the press release, knowing full well most people would read that far:
"If you read this far you should know that you tangle with twin female assassins and slice off demon heads to use as weapons. It’s super ****ing rad."
Some of the unique features in Shadow Warrior will allow players to dual wield a katana and a demon's head, or swap to a "formidable arsenal" of awesome guns. There's magic too, because what's the point of acquiring a legendary sword if it isn't magic. And of course, it's all upgradable through Shadow Warrior's "Variable Upgrade System."
The original Shadow Warrior was released in 1997, almost sixteen years ago, and while it does have its own cult following it's also just as well known for the controversy over claims the game was straight up racist. Basically, it was 3D Realms using the cred they got from Duke Nukem to build a game with virtually no respect for Asian culture.
It's not 1997 anymore, Flying Wild Hog is not 3D Realms, yet here's Shadow Warrrior's announcement trying to capitalize on the Asian protagonist's name being a penis joke. "Who Wants Some Wang?" is the first line I read after the title. Guys, you've got some killer action that, judging from the trailer, feels like a Kill Bill game. Go with that. Don't go with the stereotypes and tangling with, "twin female assassins."
Shadow Warrior is planned for release on PC and other digital download services this fall, with a next-gen console release in 2014.