Bladestorm: Nightmare won't rally the troops until March 17

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Bladestorm: Nightmare won't rally the troops until March 17
Publisher Koei Tecmo has opted to delay the release of its "Troop Command Action" game Bladestorm: Nightmare from its initial March 3 launch date to March 17.

As you'd expect from a sequel to 2007's Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War, Bladestorm: Nightmare also takes place in the lengthy medieval conflict between England's Plantagenets and the French House of Valois. Unlike most historically-focused Koei Tecmo action games (collectively known as the "musou" subgenre), Bladestorm: Nightmare grants players control over a squad of troops instead of a sole fighter. This both adds novel complexity to the game's combat system and differentiates Bladestorm: Nightmare from the superficially similar (and far more prolific) Dynasty Warriors series.

Alongside news of the delay, Koei Tecmo also spilled a bit more information on the game's "Nightmare" mode. Though Bladestorm: Nightmare is based on real events, Nightmare mode takes a fantasy approach, creating a plotline where both English and French forces are under siege by demons. To fight back, players can enlist an army of mythical creatures, hence the otherwise inexplicable dragon in the screenshot above.
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Troop Command Battle System and Character Edit Mode Showcased in New Images

BURLINGAME, Calif. January 8, 2015 - KOEI TECMO America today announced an updated launch date for the Troop Command Action title, Bladestorm: Nightmare. The Hundred Years' War epic will commence on March 17, 2015 in North America for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. The PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system digital only version will also be available at the same time.

Additionally, new images were released offering a first glimpse at the character edit mode and showcasing the Troop Command battle system that makes the game a stand out offering in the strategy genre. More details were also revealed for the new 'Nightmare' mode.

In Bladestorm: Nightmare the player is summoned to create a mercenary and accept missions that will advance the English or the French cause in the course of the Hundred Years' War. The successful completion of these missions depends on a variety of elements that put the player's fighting abilities, strategy, tactical and leadership skills to the test. The Mercenary does not ride to the field alone, but as the commander of an army unit chosen to fit each individual situation as some missions are better fought with foot soldiers, others with lances, archers, light cavalry, or a combination of melee, ranged and mounted units.

The updated battle system in Bladestorm: Nightmare allows for simultaneous control of up to 4 army units increasing the game's strategic edge- units can be repositioned at any time and ordered to take certain actions that will aid in a successful mission including attacks from specific angles and holding a position or group within another unit. The player can choose to switch to command any of these units in real time, combine them in a 200 soldier troop for a charged attack, or issue orders to each and any of them using the battle map interface.

More details were also revealed for the 'Nightmare' mode, an all-new and original fantasy scenario involving battling and controlling armies of mythical creatures. In the opening sequence of this mode a group of Mercenaries in possession of a sword able to control monsters arrive in war-stricken Gascony only to find the combined forces of England and France under siege by an army of demonic forces. As the leader of the group, the player fights through this army to rescue the defenders and decides to investigate the origins of this new threat.

Bladestorm: Nightmare is published by KOEI TECMO America and will be available on March 17, 2015 in North America. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions will be available for $59.99 and the PlayStation 3 digital only version will be available for $49.99. This title has been rated T for "Teen" by the ESRB.

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KOEI TECMO AMERICA CORP. is a publisher of interactive entertainment software for current generation consoles, handhelds and digital download content based in Burlingame, California. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of KOEI TECMO HOLDINGS CO., LTD., headquartered in Yokohama, Japan. KOEI is best known for its Dynasty Warriors® and Samurai Warriors® franchises. TECMO is best known for the Dead or Alive®, Ninja Gaiden®, Tecmo Bowl®, and Fatal Frame® series. On April 1st 2009, KOEI TECMO HOLDINGS CO., LTD was established as a result of the TECMO, LTD. and KOEI Co., Ltd. merger.

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