For the most part, though, this teaser focuses on the low-brow humor and extreme violence which has defined the Shadow Warrior franchise since it debuted in the ’90s. This preview goes one step further in that respect by even referring to the teaser trailer as a teaser trailer within the teaser trailer. It’s the kind of Inception level meta humor we’ve come to expect from the unique minds of Devolver Digital and their partners.
The trailer itself is light on gameplay details, but it’s easy enough to assume that this sequel will adhere to the same blend of over-the-top gunplay and melee action that we saw in previous games. If this third game will offer any surprises in that department, we wouldn’t expect to see them until the sequel is fully showcased later this week.
Lack of details aside, developer Flying Wild Hog’s recent Shadow Warrior games offer plenty of reasons to be excited about this project. 2013’s Shadow Warrior successfully rebooted the original by retaining its sometimes controversial style and pure action gameplay while incorporating some modern gameplay advancements. 2016’s Shadow Warrior 2 wasn’t quite as impactful or surprising as its predecessor, but it was the better game in many respects. Its four-player co-op campaign mode was a good enough reason to give it a shot.
While we hope that Shadow Warrior 3 will introduce a few more new ideas kind of like how Doom Eternal turned 2016’s Doom into more of an arena-style shooter, even just more of the same may be enough in this instance.