New assets reveal battle system and ‘Edit Mode’ details
Koei Tecmo Europe announced today an updated release date for its upcoming title ‘Bladestorm: Nightmare’. The Hundred Years War epic will be unleashed across Europe on 20 March 2015 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. There will also be a PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system digital only version available at the same time.
Koei Tecmo also released a set of assets, offering a first glimpse at the character edit mode and showcasing the Troop Command battle system that makes this title stand out in the strategy genre.
In Bladestorm: Nightmare the player is called to create a mercenary and accept missions that will advance the English or the French cause in the course of the Hundred Year War. The successful completion of these missions depends on a variety of elements that put the player’s fighting abilities, strategy, tactical and leadership skills to the test. The Mercenary does not ride to the field alone, but as the commander of an army unit chosen to fit each individual situation as some missions are better fought with foot soldiers, others with lances, archers, light cavalry, or a combination of melee, ranged and mounted units.
Furthermore, in Bladestorm: Nightmare the battle system has been updated to allow simultaneous control of up to four army units. This gives the game even more strategic edge, as the units can be repositioned at any time and ordered to take certain actions that will help the mission succeed (e.g. attack from a certain angle, hold a position, or group with another unit to name a few). The player can choose to switch to command any of these units in real time, combine them in a 200 soldier troop for a charged attack, or issue orders to each and any of them using the battle map interface.
Finally, the new assets reveal some information about the new Nightmare mode, an all-new and original fantasy scenario involving battling and controlling armies of mythical creatures. In the opening sequence of this mode a group of Mercenaries in possession of a sword able to control monsters arrive in war-stricken Gascony only to find the combined forces of England and France under siege by an army of demonic forces. As the leader of the group, the player fights through this army to rescue the defenders and decides to investigate the origins of this new threat.