During yesterday’s Nintendo Direct we were able to see several unexpected titles, one of these was Samurai Warrios 5, a saga that was missing in action since 2014 when the last numbered installment was released on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.
The Direct hinted that the new installment would be exclusive to Nintendo, but today Koei Tecmo has published a statement in which he emphasizes that it will also reach the other consoles on the market. They will also work in the new generation with backward compatibility, so only the mobile versions remain discarded (for now).
History of Koei Tecmo
Samurai Warriors is the first hack n ‘slash saga by Koei Tecmo who founded the genre we know today as Musou. In fact, the studio already has several games from its own sister franchises such as Dynasty Warriors with the same gameplay and they have worked for Bandai, Atlus and Nintendo to make franchise titles like Persona or The Legend of Zelda with the same formula.
#SamuraiWarriors5 marks a fresh, re-imagining of the franchise, including an all-new storyline, as well as revamped character designs, and a stylish new visual presentation.
— KOEI TECMO AMERICA (@KoeiTecmoUS) February 17, 2021
This is to give control to a very powerful protagonist in a massive battlefield, the basic enemies are just cannon fodder, so they are easily defeated. However, as we progress through the stage we get new challenges and bosses. Progress can be made with various characters with different abilities, and it all takes place in a fictional Sengoku period of 15th century Japan.
Now the new installment brings back characters like Nobunaga Oda and Mitsuhide Akechi to return to offer the same formula with current standards. The specific date of its launch will be shared on February 25, since for now we only know that it will arrive in summer on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Switch. In the new generation it will run like a PlayStation 4 Pro or an Xbox One X, depending on your console.
These are all the announcements of the first Nintendo Direct of 2021