Their official press release describes the game as “an epic historical drama that introduces a re-imagined experience to the iconic franchise”. This includes the graphics and storyline of the game, which is the start if a whole new adventure in the Samurai Warriors world. The game’s development was lead by President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of KOEI TECMO Games, Hisashi Koinuma, who has been a central figure in the development of the franchise since it started 17 years ago.
SW5 is a 1 vs 1000 tactical action game that is set after the end of Ōnin War, during Japan’s Sengoku period. It tells the story of two of the most important military leaders of the time: Nobunaga Oda, and Mitsuhide Akechi. It examines different episodes of the time, from Nobunaga’s youth to the difficult period leading to the Honnō-ji Incident (when Nobunaga took his own life at Honnō-ji temple).
The characters have all been redesigned to fit in with the period and the game features 27 playable characters, as well as 10 side characters. These include returning warriors from previous episodes in the franchise, such as Ieyasu Tokugawa, Hideyoshi Hashiba, Nō, and Yoshimoto Imagawa, and new warriors.
A load of new Musou actions have been added to the game, including new Musou Frenzy Attacks and Ultimate Skills. These new skills are designed to make killing the enemy hordes even more thrilling and are shown in the style of Japanese ink paintings. This is to make the game fit even more into the Sengoku period, and the stories of Nobunaga and Mitsuhide play out on screen like a picture scroll from the time.
The game is available now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 (and PlayStation 5 via Backward Compatibility), Xbox One consoles (and Xbox Series X|S via Backward Compatibility), as well as Steam. Koei Tecmo will announce two DLC packs that will be available separately or via Season Pass in August. The first DLC pack includes three new scenarios, three additional horses, and two weapon sets. DLC Pack 2 adds three more scenarios, three more horses, and three new sets of weapons.