Flanking us from left field, Koei Tecmo announced Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War & Nightmare is currently in development. Going by Siliconera and Gematsu's translations, it's an enhanced remake of the 2007 real-time tactics PS3 and Xbox 360 game. As returning producer Akihiro Suzuki said in Famitsu, Koei's "looking to expand upon the foundation of the original game, but we also intend to introduce a load of new elements into the game."

It's one of those "...wha?" announcements that means Koei Tecmo can get away with holding back platforms and release details for now. So even if a Western release is on the cards, we probably won't hear about it for a while.

What makes the news so unexpected is there's barely been a peep about Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War in the last seven years. The game received mixed reviews in the West compared to Koei's Kessen games, which offered similar on-the-battefield strategy. If there's been demand for it to return, it's not exactly been deafening. On the flipside, it may be a different picture in Japan - Suzuki did say "fans have been especially vocal about their desires to see a new installment."

For another blast from the past, check out our PS3 Fanboy review of Bladestorm.
[Image: Famitsu]

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