Charlotte was always somewhat of a standout character in SNK’s long running fighting games, mostly due to the fact that she was a French swordswoman who used a rapier in a fighting game where majority of the cast were Japanese samurai. She easily became a fan favorite among certain gamers due to her unique fighting style and inclusion of French culture in a Japanese fighting game.
The latest trailer for Samurai Shodown brings Charlotte back into the fold, complete with her rapier, some light armor in the upper chest and shoulder region, with a blue tunic underneath that. She has a brown skirt with her trademark thigh-high boots. Interestingly enough she’s actually less armored and less clothed this time around compared to her outing in the last Samurai Shodown games, where her skirt was knee length and her boots came up pretty high. You can see her in action with the trailer below, courtesy of D3Vlicious.
Now I do have some criticisms of her design. While Charlotte is still obviously designed to be French waifu bait, I think that her brown skirt under the blue tunic looks a bit distracting. It clashes with the rest of the outfit. I think it probably would have been better if the tunic either wrapped all the way around or if the brown skirt were skin-tight leggings and the blue tunic was a little shorter and thinner.
During the game when you see her in action it’s sometimes hard to make out if the skirt are shorts or rolled up pants or an actual skirt, which I find to be distracting, but that’s just me.
Also, I’ll admit that I’m not the biggest fan of her new boots. I actually find that the black leather thigh-highs from Samurai Shodown IV were a lot sexier. They gave her just a touch of a dominatrix’s aesthetic, which was pretty hot.
Nevertheless, nitpicks aside, Samurai Shodown seems to be shaping up quite nicely. The game appears to retain a lot of the gameplay, mechanics, and art that made the series a niche hit way back in the day. So we’ll see if SNK can strike gold again when the game releases on June 27th for the Xbox One and PS4, and later this winter for PC and Nintendo Switch.
(Thanks for the news tip EvaUnit02)