February 15, 2011 – San Francisco & London – Just yesterday, across the English speaking world, a multi-continental battle cry rang out…. in Japanese. Attempting to read the announcement served the onlookers no better, as the letters were written in a curiously vertical formation. Nevertheless, after many tireless hours lost in translation, the message was clear: Total War: Shogun 2 – Sega’s latest installment in the Total War series, will release a demo, available on Steam on the 22nd of this month.
Sega proudly tossed a Tekko at the feet of every armchair Samurai, practically daring them to abstain from testing their skills in the epic land battles of Total War’s new campaign map.
As an incentive for pre-order through Best Buy or Gamestop, fans will be able to enhance their Shogun 2 experience with retail exclusive in-game content. Those ordering through Gamestop (online or in stores) will take part in the Battle of Kawagoe. Set in 1545, the Hojo clan launched a successful night time counter-offensive against the Uesugi. Ditching heavy armor and sheer numbers, the Hojo opted for speed and stealth, and ultimately prevailed over the invading foe.
Pre-ordering from Best Buy (online or in stores) will unlock 1,000 Koku – the currency used in Total War: Shogun 2, which will allow them to immediately purchase new buildings, train new units, and upgrade towns.
Total War pushes forward by boasting a detailed campaign map and offering a brand new multiplayer experience, while holding fast to their full 3D land and naval battles.
Total War: Shogun 2 will be available for the PC March 15, 2011. No Tom Cruise look-alikes fell on their swords in the making of this video game.