Burlingame, CA -- November 1, 2006 -- In the early half of the 14th century a quarrel over the succession to the French throne escalated into what history would define as the Hundred Years' War. In 2007, KOEI's upcoming video game, BLADESTORM: THE HUNDRED YEARS' WAR will bring to life the intensity and drama of a war-torn Medieval Europe featuring a rich tapestry of legendary characters including Joan of Arc and Prince Edward- later to be named the Black Prince.
Utilizing a new game engine attainable only through the power of next-generation hardware, the game's armies will collide on the battlefield at an unprecedented scale. Countless numbers of men consumed with ferocious intensity will converge on screen, where tactics and cunning will combine with valor and might to determine who is left standing at the end of the day.
BLADESTORM: THE HUNDRED YEARS' WAR puts gamers in the role of a rogue commander and gives them direct control of mercenary units in fierce clashes with English and French forces.
The game's unique style of action thrusts players into dynamic and ever-changing conflicts. Players must adjust their strategies as skirmishes evolve, and then deploy the unit best-suited to handle the challenge. At a player's command is a broad array of troops including infantry, archers, and cavalry, as well as a variety of specialized units such as elephant units, cannoniers, and castle siege specialists. While each unit is comprised of autonomous soldiers, each warrior will contribute to the assigned objective.
BLADESTORM: THE HUNDRED YEARS' WAR utilizes a "Free Mission" system that allows players to align their forces with either the French or English on a battle-by-battle basis. This unparalleled freedom allows players to take on different assignments, or simply experience a given battle from an opposing side.
Game progression is wholly dependent on a player's decisions and accomplishments on the battlefield. Players must establish a reputation as a dependable and capable leader by successfully completing each mission. The reputable commander will attract more desirable troops to his employ, and will be asked to take on weightier challenges that reflect his status as a fighter and leader of men. The troops themselves will also become more lethal as they gain combat experience. Through a point system, players can augment their units' combat capabilities.
Provided below is a description of the screens released on November 1, 2006. These screens are from the development version and may not reflect the final product.
Spearmen and Longspear men with Shields
Spearmen combine relatively long attacking times with moderate defensive abilities. Effective at intercepting cavalry charges, longspear men with shields are able to keep enemies at bay.
Strong against infantry and capable even against cavalry, pike men are known for their ability to attack a relatively wide area.
Capable of destroying nearly all enemies in their path, armored axe men possess high offensive and defensive capabilities.
Longbow-men and Archers
Even amongst archers, Longbow men are renowned for their long-distance attacking capabilities. Archers can mount horses to become a cavalry unit.
Each stage has over 20 types of strongholds including castles, forts, ruins, churches, and towns.
Developed by KOEI's award-winning internal team, Omega Force, BLADESTORM: THE HUNDRED YEARS' WAR will be available for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. The game is not yet rated by the ESRB. Media can find screenshots of the game at www.gamespress.com
About KOEI Corporation
KOEI Corporation, the North American subsidiary of KOEI Co., Ltd. of Japan, established operations in 1988. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the company is now in its eighteenth year and is recognized as a leading content provider in the highly competitive video game industry.
KOEI is respected worldwide as the premier brand for Strategy and Simulation games, and is the innovator of the Tactical Action genre. The company's Dynasty Warriors® series has generated more than 9 million units in sales worldwide since its first release for the PlayStation game console in 1997.
KOEI develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems and personal computers. For fiscal 2005, KOEI posted worldwide revenues of $223 million. KOEI maintains operations in Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Canada, China, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Lithuania. The company constantly seeks the fine balance between entertainment, technology, art and education. More information about KOEI's products can be found online at koei.com.
Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War and the KOEI logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of KOEI Co., Ltd. "PlayStation", "PLAYSTATION" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. The ratings icon is a registered trademark of the Entertainment Software Association. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners. This game has not yet been concept approved by Sony Computer Entertainment America.