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Samurai Warriors 5 Oichi and Azai Nagamasa Redesigns Revealed

Samurai Warriors 5 Oichi Nagamasa Azai

Koei Tecmo unveiled what two veteran characters look like in Samurai Warriors 5, Oichi and Azai Nagamasa. The upcoming title uses a Japanese painting aesthetic for its character redesigns. Samurai Warriors 5 will launch in the West on July 27, 2021.

According to Koei Tecmo’s website, the company had previously shown off nine characters in the game. With Oichi and Azai Nagamasa’s announcements in Samurai Warriors 5, that brings the list of known fighters up to 11. The base game will reportedly have 27 warriors, so we can expect Koei Tecmo to unveil more redesigns in the coming months leading up to the title’s summer launch. We have included high quality images below of their reveals, thanks to Koei Tecmo’s Twitter account.

Officially revealed in the February 2021 Nintendo Direct, Samurai Warriors 5 and its characters like Oichi and Azai Nagamasa have a new art direction based on Japanese painting techniques. The game will be the first new mainline entry in the series since Samurai Warriors 4, back in 2014. As for the game’s story, Samurai Warriors 5 will focus on Mitsuhide Akechi and Nobunaga Oda. The title will retell the events leading up to the Honno-Ji incident during the Sengoku period from two different perspectives.

Additionally, Koei Tecmo has partnered with many IP holders to create series like Hyrule Warriors, Fire Emblem Warriors, and One Piece: Pirate Warriors. Koei Tecmo’s studios like Team Ninja and Omega Force often develop these titles.

Samurai Warriors 5 will launch on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. The Japanese release date is June 24, 2021, while overseas territories will see the game release one month after on July 27, 2021.

Oni Dino
Oni Dino is a Japanese-English translator, localization editor, and podcaster. He has several video game credits and regularly translates columns from Masahiro Sakurai and Shigeru Miyamoto. When not knee-deep in a JRPG and wishing games had more environmental story-telling, he's attending industry events and interviewing creative auteurs to share their stories.