Way of the Samurai 4 comes overseas to PS3 August 21

Way of the Samurai 4 finds its way to PS3 August 21
Way of the Samurai 4 will let you create a ronin and explore post-isolationist Japan starting August 21 in North America. The PSN-exclusive PS3 game will be available for $39.99.

While the premise is all about joining up with the shogunate, the isolationists, or the new immigrants, and experiencing the power struggles between the three groups, we're fairly confident the moment-to-moment gameplay is going to have more to do with swordin'.

Speaking of which, you'll be able to upload your created character for distribution in others' games, as a wandering, AI-controlled assassin. Other players' characters will roam your game, offering up items to anyone who can defeat them.%Gallery-161776%
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XSEED Games Announces Release Date of Way of the Samurai 4 for PlayStation3 system

Latest Installment in Popular Historically-based Series to Hit PlayStation Network Exclusively Later this Month

Torrance, Calif., (August 2, 2012) – XSEED Games, an independent-minded publisher, is pleased to announce today that the open-world action title, Way of the Samurai 4, will be released in North America as a digital download on PlayStation®Network on August 21 at a price of $39.99, exclusively for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. The latest entry in the popular long-running series, Way of the Samurai 4 takes players on a journey through post-isolationist Japan, allowing them to choose an allegiance in the midst of an ongoing power struggle between three competing factions. Fans can check out the game's all-new website at: www.wayofthesamurai4.com

Set in post-isolationist Japan, Way of the Samurai 4 offers a unique way to experience an era that forever changed a nation. The era's cultural landscape offers countless opportunities for the ambitious, and players are thrown into this world as a rōnin (masterless samurai) looking to make a name for himself. Taking their place in the overall power struggle, players will be given the choice to align themselves with one of three factions: the shogunate pro-governmental forces, the nationalistic isolationists and the growing foreign powers, and their loyalty and interaction with each of the three factions will shape the story towards one of ten possible different endings.

Offering an unprecedented range of customization, Way of the Samurai 4 allows players to create their own samurai however they see fit. Nothing, from the most historically-accurate robes to more modern designs to the downright bizarre, is out of reach. Once set loose in the world, players are free to do as they wish, whether it be accepting missions to further the game's story, shopping for new items and weapons or challenging other samurai in battle. A unique online feature allows the uploading and downloading of player characters to roam in other players' games as a computer-controlled assassin to challenge and defeat in order to receive that character's equipped spoils. The original Japanese voice-overs have been left intact, heightening realism, and will be accompanied by English sub-titles.

Developed by ACQUIRE and published by Spike in Japan, Way of the Samurai 4 will be released in North America by XSEED Games on August 21 on the PlayStation 3 system as a digital release on the PlayStation®Store. More information is available at the newly launched product website at www.wayofthesamurai4.com

This article was originally published on Joystiq.