Speaking Samurai Warriors 5 with Producer Hisashi Koinuma


18 years in the past, online game producer Hisashi Koinuma started work on the primary recreation within the Samurai Warriors collection. Little did he know on the time that his recreation would change into one of many cornerstones of the Koei Tecmo catalog, and in 2021, he’d not solely nonetheless be engaged on the franchise, however he’d be growing the sport whereas working in his twin function as each producer and firm president. We talked with Koinuma-san to seek out out extra about his upcoming title, his favourite character, and what the brand new re-imagined expertise will carry when the sport hits Xbox One and Xbox Sequence X|S (through Backward Compatibility) within the U.S. on July 27, 2021.

Koei Tecmo: It’s the 17-year anniversary of the Samurai Warriors franchise. Why do you are feeling like that is the correct time to carry the collection again?

Hisashi Koinuma: Samurai Warriors has all the time been a ardour challenge to me. I began engaged on the primary recreation 18 years in the past, and right here I’m, nonetheless at it. Followers of the franchise stored asking me: When are you going to make a brand new Samurai Warriors? And it’s troublesome to maintain issues like this a secret. I wish to inform everybody what I’m engaged on, however clearly, it was a secret [laughs]. Creating a brand new recreation is all about timing. When you possibly can mix an important story with compelling artwork and motion to associate with that story, you realize the timing is true to launch a brand new recreation. It was lastly time when all these parts got here collectively.

Koei Tecmo: What’s the storyline of the brand new recreation?

Hisashi Koinuma:  This time round, Samurai Warriors 5 shall be a re-imagining of the primary Samurai Warriors title, together with parts from the beginning of the Sengoku Interval (1467), starting proper after the tip of the Ōnin conflict, which we weren’t capable of totally embrace initially. The Samurai Warriors 5 story tells the story of two of essentially the most preeminent army commanders of this era – Nobunaga Oda, and Mitsuhide Akechi. We thought exploring Nobunaga’s youthful years, when he was often known as “Owari’s Nice Idiot,” is fascinating when it comes to each motion and storytelling as we lead followers by way of a interval of turmoil and upheaval, main as much as the notorious Honnō-ji Incident.

Koei Tecmo: What makes the Sengoku interval attention-grabbing when it comes to transporting avid gamers to this time interval?

Hisashi Koinuma: As builders, after we speak about Samurai Warriors, our high-level idea proper from the start, our idea from 18 years in the past stays the identical right this moment: We need to ship Japanese historical past with thrilling characters who’re portrayed in a cool, distinctive means. To me, the Sengoku interval, with all its historical past, is strictly the correct place for Samurai Warriors and the kind of exhilarating motion followers of the collection crave.

Koei Tecmo: There’s a brand new Ink artwork model to the sport. Why the re-imagined look?

Hisashi Koinuma: We’re actually making an attempt to re-imagine every little thing about what we’re delivering with the franchise, and to do this, it’s key that proper from the primary time you see the sport, you realize from the primary pictures, the primary video that you just’re seeing one thing distinctive, one thing that stands out. We wished to carry a extra Japanese artwork model to the sport, we wished to clean up the look of each sword slice and Musou assault. This Japanese ink look helps seize the characters such as you haven’t seen in a Samurai Warriors recreation earlier than.

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Koei Tecmo: Inform us concerning the new character featured within the recreation, Mitsuki, who’s a Kōga Ninja.

Hisashi Koinuma: This can be a younger feminine ninja with an attention-grabbing backstory. She grew up believing Nobunaga Oda is her father, and she or he idolizes him. How will her story playout in the long run? You’ll simply should play and see if her loyalty stands the take a look at of time.

Koei Tecmo: Who’s your favourite character to play as within the collection all through the years? Why? Have they got a quote that you just observe to at the present time?

Hisashi Koinuma: The principle thought behind our Musou video games has all the time been this 1 vs. 1,000 exhilarating motion. So, it’s key that the 1 within the 1 vs. 1,000 is somebody you actually really feel a connection to, somebody you actually wish to play as. One character that all the time stands out to me is Nō. I just like the English model of the Nō quote from Warriors Orochi 2: “There’s not a lot you possibly can’t do while you put your thoughts to it.” Good quote about life, and online game improvement.

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Koei Tecmo: You’re not solely the producer of the sport, however you’re the corporate’s president. What’s it like juggling these two roles? Which function do you want higher? Why?

Hisashi Koinuma: I’m a gamer, I’ve all the time been a gamer and I’ll all the time love video video games. So naturally, creating video games and dealing as a producer on titles like Samurai Warriors is what continues to encourage me. On the identical time, making enterprise choices, bringing in new companions, and serving to our enterprise develop permits me and others like me to proceed to create the video games we love, so I suppose it’s all about putting the correct steadiness.

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Koei Tecmo: That is the primary Samurai Warriors recreation to hit Xbox since Samurai Warriors 2. Why the return to Xbox after such an extended hiatus?

Hisashi Koinuma: Our plan as an organization is to launch our titles on a number of platforms, and we initially wished to launch previous titles on Xbox as effectively however had been unable to for numerous causes. The idea for this title is to begin a re-imagined Samurai Warriors collection, so we wish to additionally problem ourselves to carry this title to Xbox platforms as effectively. We hope all of the Xbox followers take pleasure in Samurai Warriors 5.

Koei Tecmo: What can followers count on after they lastly get their palms on Samurai Warriors 5?

Hisashi Koinuma: A deep storyline seeped in Japanese historical past, however with a enjoyable twist. We try to take these genuine historic occasions and amp them up for avid gamers with extra weapons and enemies, giving followers the type of motion and technique that attracted them to the Samurai Warriors franchise within the first place. I feel this re-imagined take a look at Samurai Warriors is strictly what followers have been ready for. I can’t await them to play!

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