18 years back, gaming producer Hisashi Koinuma began focus on the initial game in the Samurai Warriors series. Little did he know at that time that his game would become among the cornerstones of the Koei Tecmo catalog, and in 2021, he’d not merely be focusing on the franchise still, but he’d be developing the overall game while employed in his dual role as both company and producer president. We talked with Koinuma-san for more information about his upcoming title, his favorite character, and what the brand new re-imagined experience provides once the game hits Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S (via Backward Compatibility) in the U.S. july 27 on, 2021.
Koei Tecmo: It’s the 17-year anniversary of the Samurai Warriors franchise. Why can you feel like this is actually the right time and energy to bring the series back?
Hisashi Koinuma : Samurai Warriors is definitely a passion project if you ask me. I started focusing on the initial game 18 years back, and I am here, at it still. Fans of the franchise kept asking me: When will you create a new Samurai Warriors? And it’s difficult to help keep things such as this a secret. I would like to tell everyone what I’m focusing on, but obviously, it had been a secret [laughs]. Developing a new game is focused on timing. When you’re able to combine an excellent story with compelling action and art to go with that story, the timing is well known by you is to to push out a new game. It had been time when each one of these elements came together finally.
Koei Tecmo : What’s the storyline of the brand new game?
Hisashi Koinuma : This right time around, Samurai Warriors 5 is a re-imagining of the initial Samurai Warriors title, including elements right away of the Sengoku Period (1467), beginning immediately after the ultimate end of the Ōnin war, which we weren’t in a position to include originally fully. The Samurai Warriors 5 story tells the tale of two of the very most preeminent military commanders of the period – Nobunaga Oda, and Mitsuhide Akechi. We thought exploring Nobunaga’s younger years, when he was referred to as “Owari’s Great Fool,” is fascinating with regards to both action and storytelling once we lead fans by way of a amount of turmoil and upheaval, resulting in the infamous Honnō-ji Incident up.
Koei Tecmo : Why is the Sengoku period interesting with regards to transporting gamers to the time frame?
Hisashi Koinuma : As developers, whenever we discuss Samurai Warriors, our high-level concept from the start, our concept from 18 years back remains exactly the same today: We have been seeking to deliver Japanese history with exciting characters that are portrayed in an awesome, unique way. If you ask me, the Sengoku period, with all its history, is strictly the proper place for Samurai Warriors and the sort of exhilarating action fans of the series crave.
Koei Tecmo : There’s a fresh Ink art style to the overall game. Why the re-imagined look?
Hisashi Koinuma : We’re really attempting to re-imagine everything in what we’re delivering with the franchise, also to do this, it’s key that from the 1st time you start to see the game, you understand from the initial images, the initial video that you’re seeing something unique, a thing that sticks out. We wished to bring a far more Japanese art style to the overall game, we wished to freshen up the appearance of each sword Musou and slice attack. This Japanese ink look helps capture the characters as if you haven’t observed in a Samurai Warriors game before.
Koei Tecmo : Reveal concerning the new character featured in the overall game, Mitsuki, who’s a Kōga Ninja.
Hisashi Koinuma : This can be a young female ninja having an interesting backstory. She was raised believing Nobunaga Oda is her father, and she idolizes him. How will her story playout in the ultimate end? You’ll have to play and see if her loyalty stands the test of time.
Koei Tecmo : Who’s your preferred character to play as in the series through the entire years? Why? Today do they will have a quote that you follow to?
Hisashi Koinuma : The primary idea behind our Musou games is definitely this one 1 vs. 1,000 exhilarating action. So, it’s key that the 1 in the 1 vs. 1,000 is someone you are feeling a link to, someone you intend to play as. One character that always stands Nō out if you ask me is. I love the English version of the Nō quote from Warriors Orochi 2 : “There’s very little you can’t do once you put your brain to it.” Good quote about life, and gaming development.
Koei Tecmo : You’re not merely the producer of the overall game, but you’re the company’s president. What’s it like juggling those two roles? Which role better can you like? Why?
Hisashi Koinuma : I’m a gamer, I’ve been a gamer and I’ll always love video gaming always. So naturally, creating games and working as a producer on titles like Samurai Warriors is what continues to inspire me. At the same time, making business decisions, attracting new partners, and helping our business grow allows me among others like me to keep to generate the games we love, therefore i guess it’s about striking the proper balance.
Koei Tecmo : This is actually the first Samurai Warriors game going to Xbox since Samurai Warriors 2 . Why the go back to Xbox after this type of long hiatus?
Hisashi Koinuma : Our plan as an organization would be to release our titles on multiple platforms, and we originally wished to release past titles on Xbox aswell but were not able to for various reasons. The idea because of this title would be to take up a re-imagined Samurai Warriors series, so we wish to also challenge ourselves to create this title to Xbox platforms aswell. We hope all of the Xbox fans enjoy Samurai Warriors 5 .
Koei Tecmo : So what can fans expect if they finally obtain practical Samurai Warriors 5 ?
Hisashi Koinuma : A deep storyline seeped in Japanese history, but with a great twist. We make an effort to take these authentic historical events and amp them up for gamers with an increase of weapons and enemies, giving fans the type of action and strategy that attracted them to the Samurai Warriors franchise to begin with. I believe this re-imagined look at Samurai Warriors is what fans have already been looking forward to exactly. I can’t await them to play!
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