By Angela Hinck / July 12th, 2013
A new set of screenshots and character artwork has been released for Capcom’s upcoming PlayStation 3 game, Sengoku Basara 4.
This will be the newest addition to the Sengoku Basara franchise, following Sengoku Basara 3 –– or as it was known in the United States, Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes. But this newest game adds an extra twist: while the previous Sengoku Basara games have taken place during the Sengoku period of Japanese history, Sengoku Basara 4 is going back in time a little to the Muromachi era. The tail end of the Muromachi era is where the Sengoku period begins.
So what does that all mean? As producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi put it in an interview with Famitsu:
“It’s a sort of parallel world, one where the world setting is different even though it still takes advantage of the characters’ personalities and relationships as before. In a way, you really are creating the Sengoku period yourself.”
Playable characters making their franchise debut in this title include Shima Sakon and Katsuie Shibata, pictured above in red and green respectively. Director Makoto Yamamoto explained their personalities to Famitsu:
“Compared to Masamune or Mitsunari, they’re both from a younger generation. They’re rookie generals, if you will. In this world where the future’s suddenly become very blurred, Sakon is unsure what he must do, so he decides to follow after Mitsunari. He’s got a lot of acrobatic moves in the action scenes, and you can press a single button to switch between two different fighting styles, letting you fight in cooler and cooler ways as you improve. Katsuie, meanwhile, is someone who’s lost all emotion and just follows his orders; it’ll be interesting to see how he responds to this new era.”
Sengoku Basara 4 is due out in Japan in 2014. There’s no news yet of a Western release date.
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