Thursday, 4 June 2015

Notes on the most recent Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi website update

A super-short update today, as there's not a huge amount of new content.
  • Kenshin is being jokingly billed as 'The Basarasienne known as the God of War'. It's a pun on the Takarasienne, the glamourous actresses from the Takarazuka Revue.
  • Kasuga is billed as 'The 'ayatorist' of fantasies who devotes all she has to Kenshin'. (Ayatori is a game you play with string, equivalent to cat's cradle.)
  • Both of the returning characters will have drama routes as well as the usual stories.
  • Kenshin's main story: Even in possession of so much power, Uesugi Kenshin doesn't seek to seize the country for his own sake but declares himself part of the Ashikaga faction. Over the course of his many interactions with Ashikaga Yoshiteru, Kenshin and his kunoichi follower Kasuga travel all over the land of Hinomoto together, waging war after war.
  • Kenshin's drama story: Although Kenshin was working faithfully for the Ashikaga faction, during a conversation with everyone in the Maeda army - headed by Maeda Keiji - he gradually begins to think about the matter of seizing the nation, and a showdown with his rival Takeda Shingen...
  • Kasuga's main story: Kasuga. The kunoichi who devotes herself to serving the Uesugi Kenshin she adores. Although she's repeatedly immersed in battle day after day, Kasuga reflects upon the happiness of being with Kenshin. She continues to travel around the land of Hinomoto even as she drifts off into a dreamlike state of mind.
  • Kasuga's drama story: Marching along the path towards seizing the whole country together with Kenshin, Kasuga is tormented by countless nightmares. In the midst of this, the battlefield they finally managed to reach has an unsettling atmosphere...
  • The site update also remarks on how uncannily 'Poem Amago' seems to resemble Shikanosuke's master Amago Haruhisa.
  • From the wording, it sounds as though there might be a few other ways that Battle Roulette can transform the battlefield on top of those that have already been announced. I guess we'll find out soon.
  • Katsuie's medal costume is confirmed to be helmetless in the description.
  • Keiji's striped medal costume is supposed to evoke an image of clear blue skies and white clouds, fitting for a festival-loving guy. That's what it says even if most people are just thinking of a Lawson outfit (like the one Masamune wore last year).

The latest updates for those buying Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi

Fans who are planning on picking up the Asian version of the game might want to shop around, as it seems that there are some stores listing the 'early reservation' weapon DLC for PS3 (Play-Asia only lists it for the PS4 edition). In addition, it seems a few places are offering a bonus in the form of one of four Sengoku Basara 10th Anniversary smartphone cases.


I'm afraid that I don't know much Chinese so I can't advise on which stores are offering the game to customers overseas and which are trustworthy, but it's probably worth investigating further if you want those weapons and missed out on the Japanese preorder period.

Speaking of the 'early reservation' DLC, the deadline for registering a Sumeragi ID to qualify for the weapons is this Sunday. Please don't forget to register yours on the website if you preordered the Japanese edition in time!

That's all for now. I'm hoping for a surprise video to appear on the official website tomorrow but that's probably impossible; the next one will probably arrive when I least expect it.

6 comments:

  1. Kasuga being tormented by nightmares then coming across a battlefield with an unsettling atmosphere...

    No sir I don't like it. It smells like sadness for Kasuga via Kenshin death via Hisahide or Matabei, by which I cannot abide. Unless yet again as in the anime and manga, surprise, he's not dead at all! Then it's... still sucky for her but at least she'll be okay

    Kenshin being urged to unite the tenka for themself rather than Ashikaga after talking to Keiji sure sounds like fun though. @_@

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    1. I'm guessing they'll want to expand on her (show-stealingly) tragic moments from Sengoku Basara 4 by explaining what happened properly, especially if the one-on-one matches are still in the game. Which probably isn't a good thing in your case...

      They're really pushing the Takarazuka theme for Kenshin this time - I guess it was becoming less obvious in recent outings and they wanted to remind everyone of his unique inspiration, so perhaps we'll see a lighter side of the pair too in another story or as part of some minigames. I for one would deeply enjoy a highly theatrical Xavist theatre vs full-blown Takarazuka stand-off :D

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  2. Yeah, I'm getting a Matabei vibe from Kasuga's drama description. I mean, it could be someone else, but I'm reminded of Matabei's own drama route and his grudge against Kenshin, not to mention he freaked her out there too.

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    1. The blade in the main story picture resembles Matabee's too, so your guess certainly sounds plausible. Perhaps he'll be hounding Kasuga in both stories but when the story diverts onto the drama route, it's because something bad happens during a battle with him? If he's teaming up with the other '-bee's this time I can easily imagine the three of them setting up some kind of nasty trap.

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  3. I'm pretty upset about the Sumeragi ID - I pre-ordered the regular PS3 version of Sumeragi with NCSX within the promotional period but they didn't send out a code. It turns out their Japanese distributors didn't send them codes for those orderering the regular edition. It took more than one email just to get them to tell me that much and my email for an update has gone ignored. It's now 7 June and I still haven't been sent a code. I'm going to cancel my order with them and just download the regular game on PSN when it comes out. No tanuki gloves for me. :(

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    1. Oh no :(

      If you can find a place importing the first press of the Asian version for PS3 and promising the codes you might still be able to get them. That really sucks, though. I hope they announce the details of the PSN release soon.

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