The latest entry in Koei Tecmo’s long-running Samurai Warriors series will be released May 26, 2017 and is doing something different. Called Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada, the game will focus on the life of Yukimura Sanada, his father Mayasuki, and their clan. This is in contrast to past titles in the musou series, as they focused on all of feudal Japan instead of telling individual stories closely.
Producer Osamu Mieda went to the PlayStation Blog to announce the date, and explain the new direction for the musou series:
We picked the Sanada clan for two reasons. The first is their unique resilience and constant effort to overcome difficulties. In an age when most samurai would commit suicide if they thought they were about to be defeated, the Sanadas considered life precious, and would fight until the very end to try and turn the situation to their advantage. Their motto: ‘Survive until life is no more’ resonated strongly through all members of the clan; from their patriarch, Masayuki, to his famous son, Yukimura, who is the key protagonist of our game.
Each Japanese clan has their own banner symbolising the key beliefs of their lord’s family. For the Sanada that emblem was 6 gold coins on a field of red. This might seem simple, but in fact it symbolises the fare that a soul needs to pay the ferry man to cross the river to the afterlife, and so it showed their upmost dedication to every battle they took part in: if they were on your side, they would fight till the very end!
It’s certainly a refreshing take for a series that really needed one. Mieda further details what makes the game standout from previous entries over at the PlayStation Blog, so read his post there to find out more about the title. Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada releases May 26, 2017 for PlayStation 4.
(Source: PlayStation Blog)