Published on April 22nd, 2023 | by Adrian Gunning
Siege your way to victory in KOEI TECMO’S NOBUNAGA’S AMBITION: Awakening, available 20th July 2023
Today, KOEI TECMO Europe and developer Kou Shibusawa revealed the latest battle details for the upcoming historical simulation NOBUNAGA’S AMBITION: Awakening, the 16th entry in Kou Shibusawa’s famed franchise. NOBUNAGA’S AMBITION: Awakening mixes military might with political diplomacy in a quest to conquer Japan’s Warring States. The title will be available digitally on 20th July 2023 and is currently in development for PlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch, and PC Windows via Steam®.
In NOBUNAGA’S AMBITION: Awakening, players will experience the troubled times of the Warring States Period, 16th century Japan through the virtual life of a daimyō, a powerful Japanese leader, land owner, and feudal lord. Leading their troops to battle can be tricky, however, as the daimyō must quickly assess every situation on a rapidly changing battlefield in order to successfully take control of the map. First order of business is the march. Look across the land and choose the marching route carefully, as certain routes may be beset with obstacles, including roads too narrow for large troop movements, or even an enemy fortress! By choosing the wrong route, you could lead your army into a devastating situation.
But that’s not the only danger you’ll face. If there are any small battles happening nearby a daimyō’s unit, then one major battle can be launched to settle the fight. Allies and enemies nearby will assemble at a single battlefield to determine the clan’s future, and the results could have significant impact on surrounding clans, truly testing the daimyō’s ability as a military leader and political negotiator.
In NOBUNAGA’S AMBITION: Awakening, the key to conquering the map is the ability to master the military art of the siege. A siege takes place when you attack an enemy’s main base or defensive position. Each castle will have a totally different battlefield, while the surrounding domains and land holders will also be involved in these large-scale conflicts. The attacking side will need to break through defensive equipment to attack the citadel while fighting across a variety of terrains including mountain castles and flatlands. To achieve victory, the daimyō will need to consider how to attack or defend based on each castle’s terrain.
Historic sites and terrain captured in the game include: Nagashima, a stronghold of the Holy Rebellion at the mouth of the Kiso Three Rivers which had many branches and blocked Oda clan’s army; Kasugayama, the castle of Kenshin Uesugi that overlooks the Sekigawa River and the Sea of Japan; Tsukui, a castle at the entrance to Yamanashi Prefecture on the Kantō Plain; and Kameyama, a castle in Mie Prefecture, located between the Suzuka Mountains and Ise Bay.
The attacking side will win the siege if they destroy all enemy units or conquer the main citadel. However, they will lose when all of their allied units are destroyed or their total morale turns to zero. Total morale decreases over time, so it is important to attack quickly. The defending side will win if they withstand the onslaught until the enemy’s total morale turns to zero, or if they destroy all enemy units. On defence, itis important to resist the enemy’s attack while protecting equipment and troops, to prevent the enemy’s total morale from rising. Winning a siege will enforce your “authority” throughout the area and help your daimyō secure their spot in history!