COMMAND VAST ARMIES IN LARGE SCALE BATTLES AND CONQUER THE ISLAND OF JAPAN
Form alliances! Build your armies! Defeat those who oppose your dream of uniting Japan!
Hertfordshire, 15th July 2015- KOEI TECMO Europe released today a wealth of video clips and other assets pertaining to the upcoming release of famed strategy/ historical simulation Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence, slated for release on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system across Europe on 4th September 2015. The game will also be simultaneously available digitally on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and on PC via Steam®.
Battles play a vital role in Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence. Although it is not necessary that players would have declare war to strengthen their position, it is quite possible that enemy lords will try to attack castles, towns, and settlements to increase their area of influence and grow their wealth. Defeating enemy fiefs can also strengthen the overall standing of the player’s chosen clan, so growing a strong, well equipped and well trained, loyal army is a key component to completing the game successfully.
Players can enter the battlefield with one or multiple army regiments, call on banner-men, allies and subordinates and use the terrain strategically to the advantage of their clan!
Battles are resolved in multiple ways, with the two main ones being a remote, birds-eye view of the map where there is free control of individual armies or combinations of allied forces and a close-up view option that offers more control of individual units.
Taking the first option, allows for a Multi-faceted Battle; meaning there can be various fronts and skirmishes all over the map and control of the chosen clan and its allied forces. All battles are in real time, so this option offers a better overview of the map, as well as ally and enemy movements.
In the second event, players can strategize further using information like terrain particularities and current weather (e.g. finding out the army would go faster taking a detour around a hill rather than going over it on a straight line). Close-field battles also offer the player the possibility to take on the role of the Grand Commander. Doing so opens up the option to use officer ‘Traits’ and ‘Tactics’. Traits are passive special abilities of officers that automatically take effect when the officer is present. They can be learned when the officer levels up or through his/her retainers and can affect –among others- strategic, military, or diplomatic situation.
Tactics are actions unique to each officer that can be used to strengthen the army or weaken the enemy for a short period of time. A few of the ‘Tactics’ available are ‘Bondbreaker’ (a power that makes enemy soldiers fight each other), ‘Incite’ (which nullifies the enemies strengthening effects), ‘Against all Odds’ (limits the army’s speed but greatly increases their strength) and many more.
‘Tactics’ can be used at any time during a conflict by expending ‘Command Points’- a metric of the army’s energy levels.
Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence offers a great selection of options for tactical warfare and allows the player to choose how each skirmish or conflict should be resolved. If battle is not the best strategic option, players can opt for negotiations or diplomacy to gain friendly allies and weaken the enemy forces.
ABOUT NOBUNAGA’S AMBITION
Having celebrated its 30th year anniversary, ‘Nobunaga’s Ambition’ is one of the longest running franchises for Koei Tecmo Games in Japan, and during its lifetime it has received high praise by an ever-growing fan base across an array of platforms. Now, its latest chapter, ‘Sphere of Influence’, is released in Europe for the first time.
The game is named after one of the most prominent and infamous figures of the Sengoku era (Warring States) of Japanese history, Nobunaga Oda. He fought to realise his dream of a united Japan and a new world. Though he fell before his dream was accomplished he left behind a revolutionary legacy of castle towns, technological improvements, developing culture, modern warfare, a new system of economics etc.
Hailed as one of the best instalments in the franchise’s history, this extremely intricate, deep, and meticulous strategy game is set against a backdrop of a fragmented nation and asks the player to take up the mantle of a Daimyo, a feudal lord of the Sengoku era (15th– 16th century Japan), who will fight for the great ideal of uniting the war-ridden country under one rule, thus becoming the first Shogun.
ABOUT KOEI TECMO EUROPE LTD.
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