Capcom recently revealed new characters for Sengoku Basara 4, which is said to take place in a parallel world set in the Muromachi period. To commemorate the occasion of their latest announcement, series producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi and director Makoto Yamamoto talked about details surrounding the characters along with some new features to Famitsu.
As previously reported, the keyword that defines the upcoming fourth installment is “Sengoku Genesis,” which was revealed when the game was first announced in late March during a Basara festival. The meaning behind this concept is that, Sengoku Basara 4 will be about the “making” of the Sengoku period. This is the reason they chose the Muromachi period for the setting, as it was the era that ended just as the Sengoku period had begun.
Sengoku Basara 4 will include Date Masamune and Ishida Mitsunari, who’ve previously appeared in past installments of the series. Famitsu asks why they were chosen to appear in the upcoming game.
“Up until now, we haven’t properly portrayed how Masamune came to power. That’s something we’d like to properly show off,” says director Yamamoto. “Mitsunari, too, who appeared in Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes, was only portrayed after the death of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, which we’d like to cover the new drama surrounding him as the vassal of Hideyoshi. For this reason, those who haven’t played any of the previous titles won’t have anything to worry about.”
The above is a look at Shima Sakon and Katsuie Shibata, who will be making their debutsin Sengoku Basara 4. Famitsu asks what we can expect from them.
Yamamoto explains,“Both of them are of a much younger generation when compared to Masamune or Mitsunari. They are considered rookies among commanders.” He adds that Sakon is living in a world where he no longer knows where to go or what to do, so he has decided to follow Mitsunari.
“A dice roll is what determines his actions, which goes with his love for gambling and light-hearted personality. It will be interesting to see what kind of chemistry he will share with the many straight forward people who are lined up in Toyotomi’s (Hideyoshi) army,” adds producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi.
“Sakon’s actions are characterized by his acrobatic movements. He will have two styles which can be changed with a single button, and it will look cooler the more you try it out,” Yamamoto explains about his fighting style.
Ashikaga Yoshiteru (pictured above) is another character who’s been recently revealed for Sengoku Basara 4. According to Kobayashi, he will not be a playable character, but an enemy commander. If you compare the Sengoku Genesis to a casino, Ashikaga’s role will be that of the dealer, as he will have a high-ranked shogun’s position, which is much higher than the other characters. His position is even higher than those of Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi in past installments.
As previously reported, Ashikaga’s weapon of choice is a sceptre that has the ability to transform into other weapons. Yamamoto says he’ll be changing its forms by spinning it around, as something similar to a roulette feature.
Famitsu concludes the interview with a message for the fans from the director and producer:
Yamamoto: “We’re plunging into a new chapter, so we’ve made it a point to have something new for the fans of the series to enjoy, and those who don’t know anything about it will be able to enjoy it, 100%. By all means, please take this opportunity to further expand Sengoku Basara’s loop.”
Kobayashi: “I’m relieved we were finally able to announce more details on the game. I’m also very eager to hear about the impressions of those who are reading this right now. The game can also be enjoyed as a pure action game, too, so please look forward to it. Again, we’ll be revealing the latest information along with a showing of a trailer during the upcoming Stage “Sengoku Basara” Military Commander Festival 2013 (July 13-14th,) please look forward to that, as well!
Sengoku Basara 4 is slated for release in early 2014 for PlayStation 3.