The creator of Samurai Jack, Genndy Tartakovsky, has explained that Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time is the game he always wanted to make. There have been a couple of Samurai Jack games in the past, but none of them have attracted huge audiences. The TV series is still popular with a huge audience, and now Tartakovsky hopes fans will be able to find the same enjoyment in a game that does it justice.
Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time will be an authentic experience
In 2003 Samurai Jack came to Game Boy Advance with The Amulet of Time, followed by Samurai Jack: The Shadow of Aku on GameCube, both of which were deemed somewhat forgettable by critics. Tartakovsky recently explained at a panel at PAX East that The Shadow of Aku “wasn’t the love you always want for one of your babies.”
Speaking about Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time, he said the following:
This is the game that I always wanted back then because you want to travel the worlds; you want to meet all of the characters. Before it was just like some generic land with I think one henchmen or something. It was just very low rent. You just have a game engine, you throw it in, change it a little bit, and it’s done. This one has the real voices. Everything is authentic to it, and it’s got all the landscapes that we know and that we want to see and it’s a big adventure.
Tartakovsky also added the following on why Samurai Jack was getting a new game after so many years:
For me it was, are we gonna do it right? Are we gonna have a full commitment? You don’t want it to just be a cash grab, right? That’s the worst thing. If it’s done and approached from the right point of view, and the folks at Adult Swim were always so supportive, and I think they wanted that too. They didn’t want it to just be opportunistic. So I think for me it was if it came from a sincere place, then it was time to do it.
Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time sounds like it will be the definitive experience on consoles. Thankfully the game is releasing for Nintendo Switch, and while we don’t currently have a release date, we do know that we’ll be able to play it this summer.