Koei Tecmo has long-running historical strategy simulation series, Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Most titles in the franchise already provide you with lots of characters, and there’s even the create-an-officer feature available. As such, the latest iteration — Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV (or RTK 14) — will be no different. At launch, Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV will have over 1,000 officers in the game. You can add your customized character to the roster as well, choosing the perfect traits to help you build and manage your empire.
Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV: Create-an-officer and officer traits
Whether it’s leading an army as the redoubtable Guan Yu or Lu Bu, or employing trickery as the wily Zhuge Liang or Sima Yi, Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV promises to have a diverse cast of characters. The create-an-officer feature, which has been around in several games, also makes its return. As mentioned previously, officers will have their own set of traits. More officer traits have been revealed by Koei Tecmo such as:
- Insightful and Recruiter – help you find useful characters
- Duelist and Vigorous – gain the upper hand when dueling your foes
- Divination – prevents natural disasters like plagues or locust swarms
- Abundant Harvest – increases your food supply gains
- There are also attitudes such as Reckless and Irritable which bolster your officer’s battle prowess, but they become harder to control.
In RTK 14, you can also choose the type of troop formations that your officers prefer. This will aid you whenever you’re planning ahead for battle.
Likewise, officers/faction leaders that control more settlements are given “Royal Ranks” by the Han Dynasty’s court. Higher ranks allow you to issue more commands during diplomacy or access optional tactics for your troops. Another example, such as attaining the rank of “Duke,” lets you set province-wide targets for attacks and district-wide targets for campaigns. This lets you develop a macro-style of strategizing as opposed to issuing commands to one unit of troops at a time.
Western audiences will get a chance to play Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV on February 28, 2020. You can pre-order it via Steam. Although the store page states the game releases in January, English language won’t be supported until the February launch date.
Those who pre-order or buy the game within two weeks of launch also receive the “Battle of Yiling” scenario. This scenario depicts an all-out war between the kingdoms of Shu and Wu.