Samurai Shodown Final Community Beta Test Begins October 12

    SNK plans to continue making rollback netcode improvements.

    SNK announced the final community beta test for Samurai Shodown will begin on October 12 for the PC (Steam) version. This beta will be held as SNK works to improve the game’s new rollback netcode features. 

    During EVO 2023, SNK announced the Samurai Shodown rollback netcode update would launch in September 2023. This was a delay from its original spring 2023 release, and the rollback netcode update was delayed once more on September 28. A new release date was not given, but fans will be able to test out the game’s network capabilities in just a week’s time.

    Samurai Shodown Final Community Beta Test

    The official SNK Global Twitter account confirms that the Samurai Shodown final community beta test will begin on October 12 at 5:00 p.m. PDT. This beta will be exclusive to the Steam version of Samurai Shodown. SNK notes that the final community beta test will be held until an “improvement in quality” of rollback netcode features is confirmed by the development team. As a result, a definitive end date for the beta is not set in stone yet. 

    In case you missed it, SNK’s full message regarding the rollback netcode update’s delay may be read below.

    To ensure the Samurai Shodown rollback netcode update is of the utmost quality, we have decided to push back its release from the previously scheduled September 2023 window.

    We are deeply sorry for this additional delay, as we know that many of you have been looking forward to these new features.

    In line with the release date change—and our continued dedication to quality assurance—we plan to hold another Community Beta Test on Steam in October this year. More information about the test will be provided once available.

    The new release window for rollback netcode will be announced in due course, pending the results of the above test.

    Thank you for bearing with us as we do our very best to make Samurai Shodown a more enjoyable, more seamless online experience for all. We truly appreciate your continued support and enthusiasm.


    Lastly, Samurai Shodown is available now for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam and Epic Games Store. The Nintendo Switch version will not receive the rollback netcode update.

    Soul Kiwami
    Soul Kiwami
    Raul Ochoa, a.k.a. Soul Kiwami, is the Managing Editor of Final Weapon and a Games Writer at Game Rant with four years of writing and editing experience. Raul is passionate about the Japanese gaming industry, and he's a huge fan of Nintendo Switch, PC hardware, JRPGs, and fighting games. business email: [email protected]

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