Cobra Kai is a surprise Karate Kid game none of us were expecting

Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues brings back Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso in a new side-scrolling beat-'em-up adventure from GameMill Entertainment. 

Set to release on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on October 27, 2020, the game has been announced hot on the heels of the Cobra Kai series' upcoming move to Netflix, with the third season set to release sometime in 2021. 

As detailed in a press release on Gematsu (opens in new tab), this surprise beat-'em-up adventure takes inspiration from the show and lets you take control of eight different playable characters who all have their own movesets, combos, and ultimate attacks. Set 34 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament which takes place in the first movie, the game sees the return of the famous rivalry between Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence. 

With voice acting from William Zabka and Ralph Macchio who are reprising their roles as Daniel and Johnny, Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues follows a new storyline with two sides. You can choose to play as Daniel through the game's main campaign, or see the flip side of the story as rival Johnny and his disciples at Cobra Kai. If you decide to complete both sides, you'll unlock an "ultimate ending". Frankly, we'd bow to anyone with those levels of discipline. 

Complete with 28 missions that take place in Los Angeles, and a whole host of different skills and upgrades to master, we can't believe we're typing this, but you too can be a Karate Kid later this year. 

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Heather Wald
Senior staff writer

I started out writing for the games section of a student-run website as an undergrad, and continued to write about games in my free time during retail and temp jobs for a number of years. Eventually, I earned an MA in magazine journalism at Cardiff University, and soon after got my first official role in the industry as a content editor for Stuff magazine. After writing about all things tech and games-related, I then did a brief stint as a freelancer before I landed my role as a staff writer here at GamesRadar+. Now I get to write features, previews, and reviews, and when I'm not doing that, you can usually find me lost in any one of the Dragon Age or Mass Effect games, tucking into another delightful indie, or drinking far too much tea for my own good.