on April 20, 2016 by Oscar TK
Koei Tecmo have announced new Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII warfare types, improving upon the gameplay most recently seen in Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence last year. The series is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Romance of the Three Kingdoms & Nobunaga’s Ambition have always been very influential and important parts of the grand strategy genre. These improvements to the warfare variety will add even more depth, and may allow the series to reach new heights.
There are six fairly distinct types of warfare in Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII: open-field, narrow pass, naval, debate, duel, and siege. Some of these are brand new to the series.
An important part of the strategy process is Debates. These intense conversations present the ability to convince lords to act in certain ways, as well as to raise support, to benefit your cause. Duels, on the other hand, replace words with weapons and are executed in a turn-based system. Carrying out a duel will present bonuses for players within the battle, useful to getting the upper-hand on your opponent. For further strategic advantage, Siege battles can even be initiated during an on-going battle. Creating a blockade around the enemy stronghold allows it to be taken over more effectively with your army.
On top of these new additions, Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII has also revised the naval battle systems, and also features narrow pass and open field battles.
Considering it’s a series that doesn’t actually require you to take part in many battles yourself (instead you can simply pull the strings if you want), it’s encouraging to see so much care being taken on details like this, and might even encourage players to take the reigns themselves a little more often. As a grand strategy game it’s all about the details, both micro and macro management, so it’s nice to see a similar care of the details reflected in the game’s own development.
We’re super excited for Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII after loving Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence last year (you can check out our review right here!). We’re looking forward to immersing ourselves in Chinese history, and to experience the stories love from Dynasty Warriors in a new way.