For all you Warriors franchise fans, I have some great news for you! Koei Tecmo has just announced new info for the upcoming game, Samurai Warriors 4: Empires. It’s amazing and I can’t wait for it to hit store shelves! Want to know what it is? Of course you do, that’s why you are here. Turns out for the first time ever in a Warriors franchise game you’ll be able to create your own character! That’s right folks, you’ll be able to create your own place in history so to speak. In a new element called “Character Substitution” you’ll be able to not only choose your appearance, but your moves, whos side you favor, even customize your own family crest! Sounds awesome and I cannot wait to get my hands on this! The developer Omega Force has done it again! First surprising me with Arslan The Warriors of Legend and its new gameplay element “Rush Zones”, and now this. On top of making your own character, you can also for the first time ever customize your castle to the way you like it in the “Castle Customization” option. So much good news and so much hype I have for this game! I have taken part of the press release and quoted it below:
Character Substitution is one of the most exciting new features to debut in Samurai Warriors 4 Empires. Players will be able to fully create and customize their playable character’s appearance, political proclivities, and move sets, as well as personalized family crests, Musou kanji, and portraits. Player-created characters will be fully immersed in the drama of the era, taking part in the lives of historical figures (either as friends or foes). Players will also be able to swap a historical character with a custom character in unlocked cutscenes, allowing for a more customized experience.
To add to the level of customization in Samurai Warriors 4 Empires, developer Omega Force has implemented a brand new Castle Customization feature, allowing players to build a Castle to their specifications as well as decorate it with unlockable decorative wallpapers, or with banners that can be collected by completing missions. These banners often offer extra bonuses, such as increased income, supplies, commerce, and fame.
Lastly, KOEI TECMO has released information on the strategic importance of exploiting in game Facilities of conquered territories. When ruling over a territory that has one or more Facilities, a number of related policies become available. This means that it is not just a matter of which clans are defeated, but also where they are based and what resources they can add to the player’s fief. A few examples of these Facilities include the economy-boosting Mines, the Trading Post, the army-upgrading Gunsmith (which allows for riflemen), Horse Farms (which allows for mounted units), the espionage-instigating Ninja Village (which enables Assassination missions), and the more invigorating Hot Springs, among many others. The clever use and acquisition of these Facilities gives players a competitive edge in their quest to either rule or unite Japan, and can be used to bestow great tactical and strategic advantages.
Did you get all that? So on top of two new “creation” elements, we have a new “gameplay” element. This will make the game even more in depth and strategic. I love the Warriors franchise and this will probably keep me entertained for quite some time. I can’t wait to add this to my collection. I plan to write a full review for it as soon as I get my hands on it and have spent some time with it. Koei Tecmo was generous enough to release a couple of videos showcasing the new customization elements. I have included them at the end of the article. I hope you enjoy watching, and hope it gets you as excited for this as I am.
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