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    way of the samurai 4

    No PC screens yet, so here’s a super exciting logo.

    The fourth installment in Acquire’s weird and wonderful RPG-ish series, Way of the Samurai 4, will be getting a PC release through Steam, courtesy of Ghostlight. You can read Ghostlight’s announcement of the PC port over here on their official blog.

    Way of the Samurai has appeared on various consoles (mainly Sony ones) throughout the years, but this will be the first installment to come to PC.

    Ghostlight’s summary of Way of the Samurai 4 is as follows:

    You’ll play as a master-less samurai thrown into a three way conflict between the shogunate pro-governmental forces, the nationalistic isolationists, and the foreign powers who are heavily influenced by the British Navy.

    Navigating this new and dangerous world, the missions you select will shape your destiny as you discover multiple endings depending on your loyalty to the three factions.

    I’ve never played one of these, but they’re periodically recommended to me when I mention how much I like Alpha Protocol. As far as I know, they’re structured to be relatively short but highly replayable, something that seems to be echoed by Ghostlight when they say “the missions you select will shape your destiny as you discover multiple endings depending on your loyalty to the three factions.”

    Plus there’s also a bunch of Samurai combat action and some thoroughly bizarre-looking character customisation. Previous Way of the Samurai titles apparently tended somewhat towards realism, but Way of the Samurai 4 seems to go out of its way to be strange. Which is all fine by me.

    There’s no PC footage out there yet, but here’s the PlayStation launch trailer for the game offering a taste of what to expect (albeit with better textures and stuff, maybe.) Ghostlight say the PC version will be out “later this year.”

    Peter Parrish

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