Update 20/08/2013: Annual charity drive to offer Sengoku Basara 4 rewards
Continuing the trend of unusual tie-ins, Japan's annual Akai Hane Kyoudou Bokin ('Red Feather Community Chest') charity drive is set to include a Sengoku Basara 4 collaboration this year. A special clear file will be available in 31 prefectures of Japan, featuring Masamune on one side and other Sengoku Basara 4 characters on the back, and in addition there'll be matching Sengoku Basara 4 posters carrying the charity's message. The goal of the collaboration is to raise awareness of the charity's work amongst a younger demographic. There's a poignant undercurrent to Masamune heading up the drive too: the charity is very active in areas hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which hit the Miyagi region that the real-life Masamune was closely associated with especially hard.
Mobile game Sengoku Basara Card Heroes Matsuri to expand to Mixi
It was announced today that fans with feature phones will soon be able to play Sengoku Basara Card Heroes Matsuri on Mixi Games. People who register in advance between 19 and 29th August 2013 will receive a special in-game 'Are You Ready?' card depicting Masamune.
New Sengoku Basara merchandise revealed for late September
This wasn't an announcement as such, however a huge wave of new merchandise listings appeared this morning on a number of online shopping sites. Here are the items which I've found so far, all dated for release in late September 2013. It looks as though Capcom want to make some money off their fans this autumn!
Be careful as the translated AmiAmi listings imply they're all Sengoku Basara 4 images, when actually the 'deformed'-style drawings are nothing to do with the new game. Having said that, I'm not sure I'd seen the 'deformed'-style Hideyoshi and Hanbee before now. It's a shame the early pictures are so tiny.
Set of five Sengoku Basara 4 tin badges (¥682):
Clear files (¥367 each): Masamune/Katsuie, Mitsunari/Sakon, Sengoku Basara 4, 'Deformed' characters
IC card stickers (¥840 each): Sengoku Basara 4, 'Deformed' characters
Plastic keychains (¥525 each): Mitsunari/Sakon, Masamune/Katsuie, Masamune/Yukimura, Ieyasu/Mitsunari
Mobile phone 'pin jack' cleaners (¥630 each): Mitsunari/Sakon, Masamune/Katsuie, Sengoku Basara 4, 'Deformed' characters
I'm tempted by the 'deformed' clear file (for the picture of the Toyotomi pair), the badges and the makie stickers. The credit card-style Masamune IC card sticker also looks fantastic. Must resist...
Update 20/08/2013: Added Akai Hane story rather than posting yet another news roundup!