By Joe Sigadel / January 14th, 2016
Koei Tecmo has been tweeting up a frenzy about Samurai Warriors 4 Empires, the long-awaited spinoff to its latest Samurai Warriors 4 line of Musou games. For those not familiar with the Empires games, these tend to focus more on tactics and strategy while retaining the core hack and slash gameplay the Warriors games are known for. You can create and recruit your own officers, as well as take on many famous figures from the Sengoku period into your army, as you fight to conquer all of Japan. Whether you serve a powerful lord or decide to take things into your own hands, the many decisions you make in Samurai Warriors 4 Empires will shape the future of the land. I’m pretty excited for this one myself, I used to love playing Samurai Warriors 2 Empires back in high school. Anyway, I have the press release here from Koei Tecmo America along with the accompanying screens and trailer. Take a look:
KOEI TECMO AMERICA REVEALS PRE-ORDER BONUS CONTENT AND NEW CHARACTERS; DETAILS BATTLE SYSTEM FOR UPCOMING STRATEGY EPIC, SAMURAI WARRIORS 4 EMPIRES
Battle System and Features Detailed in Brand New Gameplay Videos
BURLINGAME, Calif.—January 12, 2016—KOEI TECMO America today announced new information regarding the bonus content available to those who pre-order upcoming strategy epic Samurai Warriors 4 Empires ahead of its scheduled release on March 15, 2016. Additionally, KOEI TECMO America revealed details surrounding new characters as well as the game’s battle system. Samurai Warriors 4 Empires will be available for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, as well as digitally for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PlayStation®Vita handheld system.
Fans who pre-order from Amazon, Best Buy, EB Canada and GameStop will receive a ‘Bonus Item Set’ consisting of an additional castle option, the ‘Golden Castle,’ the ‘Osaka Campaign’ scenario, and an additional costume for in-game character Takakage Kobayakawa. In addition, fans will receive an exclusive costume for one of the most popular female characters of the Samurai Warriors series, Lady Hayakawa.
Lady Hayakawa is only one of the historically known women of influence available to players in Samurai Warriors 4 Empires. This entry also features the first appearance of individualized minor officers with the inclusion of over 200 male and female officers, all of whom with unique appearances and stats. These officers are based on warriors, known lords and ladies, and dynamic personalities who left their distinct mark in history.
Additionally, KOEI TECMO America released two gameplay videos detailing some of the options available in battle preparation and while on the battlefield in Samurai Warriors 4 Empires. To prepare for battle, players must choose which of the tactics or formations proposed by the magistrates to deploy prior to battle.
Tactics fall into two categories: basic tactics, which are deployed prior to battle, and executable tactics, which are deployed during battle. Basic tactics involve actions such as managing troop economy, blocking enemy aid, and taking action to increase troop strength prior to engagement, whereas executable tactics involve battle strategies such as charging with cavalry and capturing enemy officers. Formations affect the way an army is structured, with specific formations offering bonuses on attack, defense or speed. A well thought out and balanced strategy is essential when choosing formations, as the enemy could use opposing formations to overrun player troops.
Engagements in Samurai Warriors 4 Empires follow the classic Empires style of ‘Base Battles.’ By conquering enemy bases and converting them to allied bases, players can establish supply lines that link strongholds together on the battlefield. Players can also claim “chains” of enemy bases by cutting off enemy supply lines and isolating them, and an enemy base positioned in-between two allied bases will automatically be converted to the player’s side! Analyzing enemy battalion placements and efficiently cooperating with allies can help players bolster their supply lines until they can lay siege to the main enemy camp. These options add a wide variety of strategic elements to the exhilaration of the game’s “one versus a thousand” battle style iconic to the Warriors franchise.
For up-to-date news on Samurai Warriors 4 Empires and for more information on the game’s battle system, please visit the official website at http://www.koeitecmoamerica.com/sw4e/, Like KOEI TECMO America on Facebook at www.facebook.com/koeitecmous, and become part of the #KTfamily by following KOEI TECMO America on Twitter at @KoeiTecmoUS.
About Samurai Warriors 4 Empires
Samurai Warriors 4 Empires marks the return of the Empires brand in the Samurai Warriors universe after a nine year hiatus. Since the 2007 release of Samurai Warriors 2 Empires for the PlayStation®2, Samurai Warriors has grown to become one of the most successful and acclaimed titles in the Warriorsfranchise. This revamped version of the fan-favorite installment features improved gameplay mechanics and an expanded, intuitive governing system, and explores the effects that building in-depth relationships and alliances have in times of war.
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Battle Preparation Trailer
Battle Application Trailer
Source: Press Release
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