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EA Signs 'Samurai Warriors' (PS2)

by Rainier on Feb. 24, 2004 @ 9:38 a.m. PST

Electronic Arts today announced that it has signed a North American distribution agreement with KOEI Corporation for the upcoming tactical action game, Samurai Warriors. Samurai Warriors is developed by Koei's internal development team Omega Force, the studio behind the award-winning Dynasty Warriors series, and is slated for release on the PlayStation 2 in May 2004.

"We are delighted to be partnering with Electronic Arts for the distribution of Samurai Warriors," said Amos Ip, Vice-President of Sales & Marketing for KOEI Corporation. "Backed by EA's unparalleled distribution reach and first-rate marketing, this exceptional game has the opportunity to reach and move, millions of people."

"With its fervent action, storied narrative and top quality production values, Samurai Warriors is an outstanding addition to the EA Partners distribution catalogue," said John Riccitiello, President and Chief Operating Office of Electronic Arts. "We are thrilled to be working with KOEI to deliver this masterful game to a mass audience."

Set in Feudal Japan, the adventure begins in 1467 after the political power of the Ashikaga Shogunate collapsed and the islands of Japan erupted into a series of civil wars. This era in Japanese history became known as the Sengoku or "warring states" period. Players control Sanada Yukimura, who leads an elite band of samurai and ninja through the hallowed Japanese battlefields of Okehazama, Kawanakajima and inside the embattled walls of Osaka Castle. The epic tale unfolds as players come face to face with gun-toting troops, echelons of ninja, and deadly kunoichi (female ninja) in both historic and fictional battles. With an Active Mission System that triggers distinct missions during every battle, hundreds of different mini-missions within the larger epic battles, randomly changing castle layouts as well as multiplayer support, Samurai Warriors promises to be an unforgettable action adventure.

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