Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi is announced

KobaP hinted this morning that some news was coming but I don't think anyone was expecting quite such a major announcement! Famitsu.com has posted details of an exclusive scoop they'll be running in this Thursday's magazine and it turns out they'll be announcing the latest title in the Sengoku Basara series.

The new game will be titled Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi and it's due for release in 'summer 2015' on both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.


The word 'sumeragi' indicates the emperor so I'm guessing that Yoshiteru will be playing a major part once again. It's a majestic name which matches the atmosphere Sengoku Basara 4 had.

The article also teases that a 'new character' will make an appearance (due to the nature of Japanese it's difficult to be sure about whether this means that there will be one newcomer or several). The magazine will include an interview with series producer Kobayashi 'KobaP' Hiroyuki and series director Yamamoto Makoto, so hopefully they'll provide lots of details.

It's good timing; the article is due almost exactly one year after Sengoku Basara 4 was released and the summer date means the game will come out around the series' tenth anniversary.

I'm going to make my Weekly Famitsu acquisition arrangements as soon as I get home, so hopefully there'll be some solid information this Thursday (or Wednesday night, depending on your time zone and the amount of content I need to translate). How exciting!

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Edit: BlackKite has supplied more information over at Koei Warriors courtesy of early Japanese leaks. Summarising the same source material here for my records - please bear in mind it's based on leaks so might not be 100% accurate (even though it probably is).
  • The PlayStation 4 version will run in 1080p at 60fps.
  • There will be forty playable characters in total, the highest number in the series so far.
  • Ashikaga Yoshiteru will be playable. He'll use his shaku weapon and switch between his sword, spear and bow depending on the attack. He has a technique which will involve a roulette; the outcome of this affects his fighting style.
  • Kyougoku Maria will be playable. Her weapon is cloth, which she controls like a whip.
  • There will be a new character: Sen No Rikyuu. He'll be voiced by Sakurai Takahiro and his weapon will be a sensu (folding fan). He has a split personality and it changes according to the move he's using.
  • There will be a new 'battle roulette' system which makes a roulette wheel appear onscreen and gives you medals depending on the result. The medals can be traded for a total of 167 special items (this sounds like an advanced version of the camp roulette from Sengoku Basara 3 Utage to me).
  • To accompany the Tales Of Zestiria collaboration, there will be DLC costumes including Sorey and Mikleo.
Ehh, another character with a fan? It doesn't look good for Yoshimoto (or indeed, for Ujimasa, given the character count). I guess there won't be any other completely new playable characters unless they remove some from the roster...

Perhaps we'll get the first video at Basara Matsuri on the 1st February, which usually means they'll release it online for everyone to see one day later. It's quite a long time until summer so I hope there will be plenty of updates to keep the excitement high.

Edit 2: The wonderful BlackKite has delivered another batch of leaks here. I'm at work and don't have time to say anything more; I'll save my further comments for tomorrow when the full article is out and all of the details can be confirmed!

15 comments:

  1. OMG, 40... That means no Nouhime and Ranmaru, I'm so saaad :C

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    1. Yes, it doesn't seem likely we'll be playing them again this year :(

      I just hope they'll feature in the story somewhere. I miss Ranmaru's moveset so much!

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  2. So its only the 4's NPCs and Sen no Rikyuu?

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    1. I'd guess so; Rikyuu, Maria, Yoshiteru then presumably Kasuga, Kenshin, Matsu, Toshiie and Shingen (it would be cruel if they removed any of them at this point). I hope they make up for it with a generous number of new stages and gameplay adjustments!

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  3. Well unless we have both Tenkai and Mitsuhide as different character

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  4. I USUALLY CHECK IN HERE EVERY TWO DAYS , for updates and this made my day

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    1. Your comment made me feel really happy. Sengoku Basara fans really are the greatest!

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  5. Wooooooooo :0

    I think everyone knew an expansion would happen sooner or later but it’s damn nice news to see.

    So, Nobunaga’s tea ceremony master appears.
    I wonder if Sen no Rikyū is going to be another hot babe character or one of the quirkier ones, if he is the latter Yoshimoto is definitely in danger (of having been replaced)

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    1. Seems like he's a little of both. He's definitely beautiful but as many people have pointed out his outfit is very... odd. It's all puffy!

      Anyway Ashikaga being the main character reassures me of my worries... but I still never can be sure until we get confirmation. I hope the Matsuri will give us info about the "5 NPCs"...

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    2. Now that I have seen him: Yes he looks like puffy pile of cloth with a lil' pretty head sticking up, those are some Ashikaga-level proportions. Handsome + garish = Keiji vibes.
      I look forward how a tea master will interact with the others...Matsunaga, Yoshiaki, etc.

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    3. Yes, he's certainly odd. I think I like the wilder, more aggressive personality already yet I'm not sure about the peaceful version. And that puffy top draws far too much attention to his little head...

      I hope we get to hear a preview of Sen No Rikyuu's speaking voice(s) soon to get a better idea of what to expect. There are definitely going to be some fun interactions, especially with the weird background story they've come up for him.

      He could probably get along really well with Yoshimoto after all!

      Really hoping for a teaser video at Matsuri with a website launch either tomorrow or within the next fortnight.

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  6. It's cool that yoshiteru and kyogoku are being made playable, but I hope Musashi miyamoto ,Xavi, and itsuki make a comback

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    1. They all need to come back soon, for sure. At least with the game moving to the PlayStation 4 without another major overhaul (like the jump between Sengoku Basara 2 Eiyuu Gaiden (Heroes) and Sengoku Basara 3) it should mean that the team can focus on restoring the old characters eventually instead of spending ages redoing the more popular guys each generation. I miss the old characters!

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  7. Before I squeal, let me thank you for mentioning me in that brilliant SB4 review you did recently. I really appreciate it :D

    Now, back to the topic at hand. YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSSSSSSH!

    This literally made my day. Yoshiteru is easily my favourite addition to this game and is already one of my favourite characters in the series. The fact that he'll be playable AND the main character is just a real treat for me. Keiji will be his partner at all times. ALL TIMES.

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    1. I had to credit your wise analysis since I couldn't have phrased it better than you did :D

      It's great to hear how happy you are! It will be fun to visit Keiji's stage playing as Yoshiteru; I wonder how their friendship will continue to develop?

      This has been the best week in ages, so many people are bursting with excitement. I'm in such a good mood (lol).

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