This week’s Nintendo Direct was chock full of surprises, one of them being the unexpected announcement of Samurai Warriors 5. Koei Tecmo will be bringing their hack n’ slash sequel to the Nintendo Switch this summer, as well as PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam). Of course, the game will be available on newer systems with both the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S offering backwards compatibility.
From that very first glimpse of Samurai Warriors 5, it’s clear to see that Omega Force and Koei Tecmo are trying something new with their long-running series. As with past entries, it will offer a high octane retelling of the Sengoku “Warring States” period in Japan. It’s no surprise that generals Nobunaga Oda and Mitsuhide Akechi will take leading roles in Samurai Warriors 5 though their appearances have been dramatically altered since we last saw the pair.
Samurai Warriors 5 is essentially a reboot, and one that dons a slightly altered cell-shaded art style. Fans who have enjoyed the series since its debut will already have a good idea of the game’s playable roster of characters though their designs have been redone in this newest chapter. Perhaps Omega Force are taking inspiration from Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada? The spin-off is solely focused on poster boy Yukimura Sanada who ages through the years. Giving us younger/older variants of other lead characters in Samurai Warriors 5 seems sensible given how long the main conflict lasts.
Of course, what we really want to know is how the developers have evolved the series combat. Koei have confirmed that Samurai Warriors 5 will lean on the same “one versus one thousand” formula Warriors is known for, and that’s certainly echoed in the small snippets of gameplay we see in the debut trailer. However, it’s fair to say that the combat system has given way to fatigue over the years. Hopefully Omega Force will not only reboot the Samurai Warriors story but also shelve its over-reliance on mindless button-bashing.
Thankfully we won’t have to wait long before seeing more of the game in action. Koei will be hosting monthly livestreams, the first of which is planned for next Thursday, February 25th.
Source: Press Release