Basara Magazine Vol. 3 is formally announced for release on 27th November 2013
They really took their time with the official website update to announce the details of this issue. Until this week, all that was there was a simple PDF file and I had to scavenge my information from shop listings.
Anyway, the update means we have the first picture from the new one-shot manga, Wan-Nyan Sengoku Basara, which reimagines the series with the characters as cats and dogs. It sounds interesting.
New manga Sengoku Basara Comic Anthology 'Setouchi Chronicle' now has a firm release date
Perhaps they're planning on unveiling the full details along with Motonari in next week's magazine?
Basara Club prepares for its December launch with a survey
The new Basara Club fan club will be commencing activities at the start of December, and as a warm up they've asked members to start submitting messages and fan art for the first issue of the official newsletter ahead of its January 2014 release date. For those of us with less imagination and talent, there's also a fun survey - hopefully the first of many - which asks fans to vote for their favourite of the following:
- Date Masamune's famous lines.
- Weapons you want to use.
- Costumes you want to wear.
- Names of moves which you can't help shouting out.
Translations of some more Sengoku Basara 4 content: Menus
Since I had some free time (my Crunchyroll subscription temporarily expired this week...please don't tell me what happened in today's Kakumeiki Valvrave!) I decided to quickly prepare some visuals to attempt to demystify some of the new material we saw in the newest trailer and screenshots. I'm not very good at this kind of thing so please forgive the amateurish presentation.
Firstly, Sengoku Creation Mode's main 'march screen', with annotations. You can click the picture to make it larger.
I've noted that there's a sale running in the Basara-ya shop (indicated by the red ticket over its name). If there's a 'special deal' instead of a sale, the shop icon will look like this:
The shop has various sections you can browse, so this is what the next menu apparently looks like.
Finally, the shop itself. I merged two different pictures together to show how the sale items and special deals appear.
Unsure whether these annotations will actually help anyone... but you never know! The weapon inscription screen will have to wait for another day.
Translations of some more Sengoku Basara 4 content: Stages
Next, here's a list of every confirmed stage in Sengoku Basara 4 so far to the best of my knowledge. To qualify for the list, I must have visually confirmed the name in a screenshot or video. Even though it's obvious who the bosses will be on some of the levels where that data is missing, I only want to include information which is 100% confirmed.
Please note that the punctuation is sometimes inconsistent between screenshots in Japanese so I just picked one version. Some of the names sound more like story encounters than battles...
|Stage||Japanese Name||Type(s)||Enemy Commander|
|Abrasion: The Beauty of Insufficiency||研磨 不足の美||Outbreak||-|
|Battle of Sekigahara: Eastern Sun||関ヶ原の戦い 東陽||Outbreak||Tokugawa Ieyasu|
|Bizen: Ujou (Okayama Castle)||備前・烏城||Normal||Kobayakawa Hideaki|
|Echizen: Kitanoshou Castle||越前・北ノ庄城||Normal||Shima Sakon, Shibata Katsuie|
|Fate: One-Eyed Dragon||宿命 独眼竜||Outbreak||-|
|Incident at Honnouji||本能寺の変||Normal/Outbreak||Oda Nobunaga, Akechi Mitsuhide|
|Investigation: Shikanosuke||探索 鹿之介||One-on-one||Yamanaka Shikanosuke|
|Izumo: Shiraga Castle||出雲・白鹿城||Normal||Yamanaka Shikanosuke|
|Kaga: Maeda Kabuki-Matsuri||加賀・前田花吹祭||Outbreak||-|
|Kai: Tsutsujigasaki Yakata||甲斐・躑躅ヶ崎館||Normal||Takeda Shingen|
|Mikawa: Komaki-Nagakute||三河・小牧長久手||Normal||Tokugawa Ieyasu|
|Oda: Azuchi Castle||織田・安土城||Normal||Oda Nobunaga|
|Osaka: Toyotomi Hajou||大阪・豊臣覇城||Normal||Toyotomi Hideyoshi|
|Oushuu: Aoba Castle||奥州・青葉城||Normal||Date Masamune|
|Pirate Fortress: Hyakki Fugaku||海賊要塞・百鬼富嶽||Normal||Chousokabe Motochika|
|Remains of Ounin: Souden||応仁の跡 走伝||Outbreak||Ashikaga Yoshiteru|
|Revenge: The Sword of the God of War||復習 軍神の剣||Outbreak||-|
|Shizugatake: The Oda Vanguard Advances||賤ヶ岳・織田尖兵進行||Outbreak||-|
|Takeda Otoko Dojo||武田漢道場||Outbreak||-|
|Tango: Sengenji||丹後・泉源寺||Normal/Derivation||Kyougoku Maria|
|Tootoumi: Iinoya Castle||遠江・井伊谷城||Normal/Omen/Derivation||Ii Naotora|
|Toyotomi Reminiscence Struggle||豊臣回顧闘争||Outbreak||Toyotomi Hideyoshi|
Normal stages are the same as usual; fulfil the objectives and win the battle. I think most of the battles you'll fight in the first round of Sengoku Creation Mode will be like this. The newest video shows the rewards for a normal battle as the standard mix of weapons, money and enhancement materials.
Outbreaks have red backgrounds behind their names and suddenly appear depending on the actions taken by the armies in the game. They seem to be just like the special stages which traditionally appear mid-game depending on your performance. The rewards shown in the video looked similar to the normal ones only with some nicer enhancements on the weapons.
Omen battles appear on the map just like Outbreaks, except they have an ominous purple background. Going by the newest video, they reward the player with books and experience points.
If you ignore an Omen battle, it might turn into a Derivation. These have a blue background, and a mixture of rewards.
The fifth and final type of encounter is a One-on-one match; a quick boss fight which is touted as being a good source of weapons. The single screenshot of one of these shows that every single reward tier offers weapons, even the lowest rank.
I'm a little confused about the colour scheme for Omen stages and One-on-one fights, because Investigation: Shikanosuke was specifically used as an example of the latter in several articles yet it seems to have a blue label. The picture shows Shikanosuke fooling around instead of a stage background. Is that the main difference between them?
Anyway, that's the end of today's speculation! I may have misunderstood how this 'stage type' system works and the colours might mean something else (if so, let's blame Weekly Famitsu magazine for the original article rather than my incompetence).