Published on July 21st, 2023 | by Adrian Gunning
Conquer Japan’s Warring States period in NOBUNAGA’S AMBITION: Awakening, now available!
In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the NOBUNAGA’S AMBITION series, KOEI TECMO Europe is proud to announce that NOBUNAGA’S AMBITION: Awakening, the 16th entry in Kou Shibusawa’s famed historical simulation franchise, is now available digitally for PlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch, and PC Windows via Steam®.
In NOBUNAGA’S AMBITION: Awakening, players will experience the life of a daimyō, a powerful Japanese leader, in the troubled times of the Warring States Period, 16th century Japan. As the head of their own clan, players will have to make the best decisions in key areas ranging from the economy, to diplomacy, and military might in hopes of eventually unifying the country.
As players progress and begin taking over larger pieces of the map, their tactics expand through the cooperation between daimyō and officer provinces. Here, a regent, who is the leader of a province, will propose Province War Tactics, with various scenarios playing out depending on the regent’s ability. Tactics include: joint offensives, with all troops marching towards the same target as the daimyō province; ranging attacks, where provinces attack multiple castles of the same enemy clan all at once; bolster, where troops in the rear send soldiers to the allied units in the frontline; and feint, where troops march near enemy borders, luring them out of their castles to create opportunities for an allied units’ attacks. With so many tactics to choose from, it’s key for players to choose their regents wisely in order to outmanoeuvre enemy forces!
One of the series’ most popular features, siege, also makes its comeback in NOBUNAGA’S AMBITION: Awakening, but in an entirely new form. For the first time in the series, sieges will take place on a single map with different types of terrain and totally different castles or castle towns, allowing players to enjoy dynamic sieges and a new level of strategy. When attacking, players will need to decide where to break through and which route to take while, when defending, they will need to decide where to deploy defensive equipment and how to intercept the attacking force.
In NOBUNAGA’S AMBITION: Awakening, players can also build their inner circle by appointing officers to “council officials” which include two types of positions, “conservators” and “overseers”. A “conservator” is a role that can have influence on the whole clan and can only be assigned to someone higher than senior retainer or daimyō from vassal clans. Thus, players need to consider wisely before appointing a conservator. An “overseer” is a role that can have influence on the clan’s policies. There are various overseer traits and they can range from proposing new policies to reducing the cost of issuing policies.
In addition, NOBUNAGA’S EMBITION: Awakening will include various features that befit the 40th Anniversary of the series, including landmarks and achievements that will affect the strategy. Players will also enjoy a large variety of scenarios, events, policies, and more, as well as elements from the previous titles such as an editing function that will enable them to change officer status, background music and scenarios, or create new clans.
NOBUNAGA’S AMBITION: Awakening is available in both standard and Digital Deluxe editions. The Digital Deluxe Edition includes the base game, Officer Artbook (Japanese version), NOBUNAGA’S AMBITION 40th Anniversary Commemorative Book (Japanese version), Complete Soundtrack, the exclusive scenario “Muskets Arrive”, and the NOBUNAGA’S AMBITION 40th Anniversary “Officer Face Graphics and Additional Traits” (six each). Anyone who purchases the game digitally until 2nd August 2023 will also receive the early purchase bonus scenario entitled “Battle of Tetorigawa”.