Shogun 2 is set in 16th-century feudal Japan, in the aftermath of the Onin War. The country is fractured into rival clans led by local warlords, each fighting for control. The player takes on the role of one of these warlords, with the goal of dominating other factions and claiming his rule over Japan. The standard edition of the game will feature a total of eight factions (plus a ninth faction for the tutorial), each with a unique starting position and different political and military strengths.Shogun 2 will have a combination of real-time strategy and turn-based strategy gameplay, a staple of the Total War series. The player plays the role of both the clan leader and general, alternating between the “campaign”, where the player manages his land and armies turn by turn, and the “battles”, where the player takes control of the army on the battlefield in real-time.In the “campaign”, the player will need to oversee the development of settlements, military production, economic growth, and technological advancement. The armies and units will be organized and moved around the stylised campaign map by the player to carry out battles with other factions. In addition to fighting, the player will be able to engage in diplomacy, political manoeuvring, and special agents to gain the upper hand. Ninja and geisha are confirmed to be included in the game as assassins and spies.In Shogun 2, leaders and generals will be given personality and depth in gameplay. Generals and agents are to be portrayed as “larger-than-life” heroes with unique characteristics and powerful abilities. The player will be able to improve and unlock traits and special abilities for the characters as they gain experience.
However, the player will also be inclined to engage in family politics within the clan, to keep its members loyal.The “battles” of Shogun 2 will involve large-scale skirmishes between armies that meet on the campaign map, taking place on land or on water.
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