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KOEI TECMO America released new information and a batch of new assets, including screenshots, artwork, and an extended trailer for the upcoming Arslan: The Warriors of Legend, a tactical action title based on the epic novel, manga, and anime IP, The Heroic Legend of Arslan.
The brand new assets reveal four additional playable characters: Farangis, Gieve, Alfreed, and Kishward. Diverse yet oddly complementing each other’s skills and expertise, this band of wandering warriors will help the Crown Prince Arslan on his fateful journey to reclaim his throne and liberate his kingdom. Each of these unique individuals has their own special move, designed to impressively clear the battlefield of their numerous enemies with a dramatic effect! Details on the new characters revealed are as follows:
· Farangis: An exquisitely beautiful priestess of Mithra who was sent to protect Arslan at the battle of Atropatene. Her mysterious skills include an uncanny dexterity with the bow and the ability to communicate with Djinn.
· Gieve: A wandering bard and skilled warrior who initially follows Arslan due to his attraction to Farangis, but gradually grows to care for Arslan’s cause. Although he is proficient with many weapons, he prefers to take on his enemies using an Oud!
· Alfreed: The daughter of the ‘Zot’ tribe leader, Alfreed is an expert rider and quite handy with a bow and sword. He develops an infatuation with Arslan’s strategist, Narsus, after he saves her life.
· Kishward: A Cavalry General of Pars, whose dual-wielding fighting style gave him the name ‘Twin-Blade General’. He has long had a friendly relationship with Arslan thanks to their shared love of falconry.
Additionally, KOEI TECMO released today a Japanese gameplay trailer in support of the first ever hands-on playable look at the game’s bright, cel-shaded world! A ten minute demo of Arslan: The Warriors of Legend will be available to the public at Tokyo Game Show this week.
The game is currently slated to release in early 2016 in North America for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. It will also be simultaneously available digitally for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.
About Arslan: The Warriors Of Legend
Originally written as a novella in the late 1980’s, The Heroic Legend of Arslan has been adapted to manga and anime numerous times, with the most prominent being the 2013 release of a manga series by famed illustrator Hiromu Arakawa (the creator of Fullmetal Alchemist). It tells the story of the young crown prince of Pars, Arslan, as he is forced out of his kingdom when his father, the King, is betrayed and defeated and his domain conquered. Arslan and his few companions must re-assemble an army and fight against overwhelming odds to regain his throne and liberate his kingdom. Through his exploits he reaches emotional maturity, while the series also tackles underlying issues of slavery, religious fanaticism, betrayal, and humanity.
The game adaptation of this magnificent story seamlessly blends the fast-paced tactical action gameplay indicative of the Warriors franchise with a stunningly engaging narrative. Using cel-shaded graphics and basing all character design on the anime series, Arslan: The Warriors of Legend delivers a gaming experience designed to fully immerse the player into Arslan’s universe!
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Article by Nick