Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence Follow-Up Heads West in October

Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence Follow-Up Heads West in October

Koei Tecmo America is bringing the standalone expansion to the latest Nobunaga's Ambition to our shores.

Koei Tecmo America announced today that it will be bringing Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence – Ascension to North America on PC. Ascension is a standalone expansion for Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence, the latest in the long-running strategy series. The title will be coming to PlayStation 4 and PC (Steam) on October 25, 2016.

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Ascension lets players experience some of the major conflicts in Sengoku Era Japan firsthand. The new title provides the ability to begin a game from the position of officer. From there, players can expand their influence and power to rise to the rank of warlord or overlord of Japan.

"Ascension boasts a massive array of over 2000 diverse characters to choose from. A number of well-known individuals will offer unique events and exclusive missions, with special attention given to Yukimura Sanada, the famous Japanese samurai whom many of his time heralded as the strongest warrior in Japan," says the press release for the game. "Beginning his journey at the age of 16, players can follow the life of Yukimura and the challenges he faced during the Sengoku period until his eventual defeat at the Siege of Osaka."

"Other prominent figures will also receive specially tailor-made content, including feudal lords such as Ieyasu Tokugawa, who rose to become the Shogun at the end of the Warring States period; Mitsunari Ishida, who played a pivotal role at the decisive battle of Sekigahara towards the end of the war; Masamune Date, the lord known as the One-Eyed Dragon; as well as individuals such as Nyosui Kuroda and Morichika Chosokabe whose intriguing stories unfold throughout the game."

Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence – Ascension was released in Japan earlier this year under the title Nobunaga no Yabou: Souzou Sengoku Risshiden. Steam Spy shows sales of the Western release of the original title at around 20,000 copies, which is pretty good for a niche genre like grand strategy games.

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