KOEI TECMO America today revealed details and a brand new trailer on the in-depth battle system of Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII, and announced content bonuses for players who pre-order the title ahead of its scheduled release on July 5, 2016. Celebrating the series’ 30th anniversary and marking its return to the west after an eight-year hiatus, Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII will be available on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and digitally on PC via Steam®. Players can experience all kinds of warfare in Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII, ranging from Debates and Duels to the Open Field, Narrow Pass, and Naval battle types, with gameplay differing depending on the situation at hand.
Debates are an important part of ensuring a well-rounded (and well-supported) kingdom. These intense conversations present the ability to convince lords to act and lend their support in certain ways to benefit the player’s cause. Duels, conversely, replace words with weapons and are executed in a turn-based fashion. Carrying out a duel will present bonuses for the victor, which can be useful in ultimately getting the upper-hand on an opponent.
Players will encounter numerous battle types while commanding an army. Naval battles and warfare has been further perfected in Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII, allowing a player’s navy to create strategic blockades or carry out skirmishes on vast rivers. On land, battles differ depending on location: Narrow Pass battles require the player to hold a strategic pass or create a line of defense to protect a narrow passage; Open Field battles are large-scale fights in which the player can dynamically control the course of battle. For further strategic advantage on the battlefield, Siege battles can be initiated during another ongoing battle, as creating a blockade around an enemy stronghold allows it to be captured more effectively. Ultimately, players should organize units in the best possible vantage points to ensure any given assault unfolds in their favor. These strategic options are further brought to life by a wide selection of beautiful battlegrounds, as well as individualized officers who possess unique abilities and special attacks that can be used to enhance their army.
To highlight these elements, KOEI TECMO America has released two brand new trailers showcasing the variety of battles available.
Additionally, Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII offers three bonus scenarios to players who pre-order the game through select retailers, including GameStop, Amazon, EB Canada, and Best Buy: the exciting The Battle of Chibi scenario, in which fan-favorite character Cao Cao has captured Jing and is preparing his attack upon Sun Quan’s Yang Province; the ambitious Thirteen Heroes scenario, which follows thirteen chosen heroes who will gather together to compete for control of the land; the dramatic The Campaign Against Lu Bu scenario, in which Lu Bu has successfully tricked Liu Bei to gain control of the Xu Province, but Liu Bei and Cao Cao have joined forces to reclaim the land. Those who purchase the game via the PlayStation®Store within the first month following launch will receive The Campaign Against Lu Bu scenario.
About Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII
Celebrating the series’ 30th anniversary and marking its return to the west after an eight-year hiatus, Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII tells the tale of a collapsing dynasty and the emergence of power-hungry factions, setting the scene for a complex chessboard on which players can follow and influence the fateful events leading to the unification of 2nd century China. Blending deeply strategic gameplay with historically accurate warfare, players can climb the proverbial leadership ladder as one of 700 historical characters during a turbulent era of political instability, large-scale conflict, and human drama.