Friday 20 September 2013

News roundup: More Sengoku Basara 4 videos and rumours from Tokyo Game Show 2013

I've been pretty useless this TGS since I haven't been able to cover much of the news in real time. Fortunately, Tousaku's blog and the numerous posts from Nine Demons Yoshitaka have kept the English-language Sengoku Basara 4 updates flowing steadily!

At last, though, it's the weekend so I can catch up on the details myself instead of continuously posting mini-updates on Twitter. I'll put the videos at the end under a cut so people on slower computers don't struggle, as well as instructions for watching the weekend live streams.

Firstly, some minor news updates.

Sengoku Basara 4 metal strap collection to be released in December

Presepe listed a brand new piece of Sengoku Basara 4 merchandise this morning and a few other retailers have since added it to their catalogues too. It seems to have been revealed at TGS 2013 except that it went unreported in the media amongst all of the other announcements yesterday. The set of ten 5cm-tall metal straps can be purchased as a complete box for ¥5,250 (discounted to ¥4,790); the characters available are Masamune, Mitsunari, Yukimura, Sasuke, Sakon, Katsuie, Kojuurou, Ieyasu and two secrets. Reservations begin on 15th October with the boxes to begin shipping on 30th December 2013.

Pictures of the new stage play versions of Yukimura and Hanbee are released

Even as TGS continues, the staff behind the upcoming Butai Sengoku Basara 3 Utage Two stage play took to Facebook today to reveal pictures of three cast members in costume. It's the first time I've seen newcomers Kawasumi Bishin (Takenaka Hanbee) and Yoshioka Yuu (Sanada Yukimura) dressed up in character.

Livestream links for Capcom's Saturday and Sunday TGS 2013 presentations

The stage presentations this weekend are going to be streamed for all fans to watch.

On Saturday 21st September, the Sengoku Basara 4 presentation will be at 14:50 Japan time (06:50 in the UK). You can watch it live on Capcom's YouTube channel or try the Nico Nico Live stream in case they pop into the stage area. I've embedded Capcom's stream below just in case that works too.

The Sunday 22nd September presentation will be at 16:00 Japan time (08:00 in the UK). Again, Capcom will be running a livestream on YouTube and Nico Nico. There may be some coverage in the general Nico Nico Live stream too in between the things they have scheduled.

Roundup of Sengoku Basara 4 footage from the first two days of TGS 2013

I'm going to skip repeating the rumours from people who attended TGS2013 and instead try to collect the best videos and links in one place to make it easier for newcomers to see what everyone is so excited about.

On confirmed character sightings, we've had a tiny shot circulating on Twitter showing that Gyoubu (Ootani Yoshitsugu) will be in the game and a glimpse of Keiji. There have also been various unsubstantiated rumours about Hisahide and Nagamasa drifting around, too. None of these have been formally confirmed and whether they'll be playable is still unknown. Perhaps we'll be treated to confirmation at the weekend or in the next few issues of the regular gaming magazines?

As well as the Famitsu links in my previous post, Japanese media coverage of the Capcom booth can be seen on Gamer and Game Watch. Coverage of the stage presentations they've given to the industry guests is available via Gamer, 4Gamer and Dengeki.

Gamer also reported on a small Sengoku Basara 4 feature running in next week's volume of Capbon, which has a weird blur over the release details in the sample image. This might be a hint - or it might just mean the preview picture was prepared before the release date was announced. We should find out soon.

Now, on to the videos.

IGN posted a very low resolution close-up video showing the gameplay in action. It really got me in the mood and confirms various mechanics such as mid-stage level-ups!

The livestream from the first day of TGS 2013 contained more footage . Someone has uploaded it on Nico Nico in three parts. Setting up a Nico Nico account is free and there's an English-language version of the site (you can switch languages with the second dropdown menu at the bottom if the page if you get stuck.

The only one of the videos which allows embedding is this footage of Sakon's gameplay from the second day of TGS.

Katsuie's gameplay from the second day of TGS is split into three parts and embedding is not allowed. I can't wait to see what tomorrow's public stage presentation brings. Meanwhile, the efforts of folks over at Koei Warriors has produced an English subtitled version of one of the recent introduction videos.


  1. Hi there. :3 People are saying they've seen Nagamasa in Katsuie's demo, is that true? :o If so, could you please take a screen? Thanks. ^^

    1. I wish I could confirm it! The new character sightings people are claiming (including Nagamasa) come from a special new promotional video which is only being shown where people can't easily take pictures. I'm really hoping we'll see it in tomorrow's livestream in a few hours, otherwise we might have to wait until an official website update later this week to get a glimpse of Nagamasa (and better shots of Hisahide, Yoshitsugu and Keiji).

      Enough people have mentioned Nagamasa to make me think it's probably true that he appears...I want to see!

  2. Im sooooooo exited! Im ready for the next livestream!!!! Thank you so much for the links! If its realy Nagamasa I will be so happy!!!!I want to see him so badly! I will just focus on him when I will watch the video! If its truly him, this is so nice and it give me hope for other dead characters. Katsuie vs Nagamasa would be The armored power rangers fight.

    Cant wait!

  3. LOL your so funny, was following your tweet during the prensentation. Yeah hate the girls too beceause they are not pv. ASHIKAGA! \(°Д°)/ you killed me with that lol Im tired and blowminded to have watch the same trailer again and again , IM NOT BUYING Gaist Crusher !!! Is that clear??? Well no new pv, Im so sad! Stay up all night for the same old thing but meh for basara I will do anything! Was so looking for Nagamasa! If someone have proof I want to see!

    1. Haha, I'm glad you enjoyed my despairing tweets :D

      I hope we finally get to see the PV tomorrow in a special website update. Waiting until Thursday will be hard otherwise!

      At least Matabee's gameplay was worth watching the stream for again...

    2. It's been pointed out by NDY that tomorrow is a national holiday in Japan, so perhaps we'll have to wait an extra day for more news ;_;

    3. I want to see Matabei's gameplay too, is there a video online of it yet? In the links in the post, there is "only" Yukimura, Sakon (looks great, I mean his gameplay, but him too heh) and Katsuie.

    4. I haven't found any recordings of the Matabee gameplay yet on either YouTube or Nico Nico. It's difficult to believe that nobody recorded the stream so hopefully it will appear soon (though the quality wasn't great I loved the visceral nature of his attacks).

    5. I can't check it myself but it looks as though the Matabee gameplay clip is now available for viewing :)

    6. Yup! Low quality but still watchable. That running style! It's weird/creepy/somehow cute at the same time. Nice moves too. No need to miss Mitsuhide much it seems with this weirdo and also aggro Naotora around to cut up poor enemy soldiers with >:)


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