|Release||May 6, 2013|
|Genre(s)||MMORTS, Visual novel|
Samurai Taisen (侍大戦, lit. Samurai Great Wars) is an online MMORTS developed and published by PST Team, a small indie developer team based in Surabaya, Indonesia. Samurai Taisen has undergone one pre-testing at December 7, 2012. The game will be released on May 6, 2013 as a web browser game and was described by the development team as a combination of both MMORTS and Visual novel aspects to a game.
Samurai Taisen is set in an alternate universe of the warring states period in Japan where players assume their role as Ji-samurai. Each player starts the game as the leader of a small, undeveloped village which they are required to develop in order to expand their lands. The village can be developed by constructing new buildings and upgrading existing ones. In order to defend their villages, players may also recruit troops both to defend and to attack other villages. The player may expand their lands by establishing new villages, or by conquering other players' villages. Players can communicate with each other using in-game messages, and may join alliances for military and economic co-operation with other players.
The game features two main resources: Rice and Coins in which are needed to develop villages, conduct researches, as well as to raise troops. In order to obtain these resources, players are required to build mine and farmland. Resources output can be increased by upgrading the mine and farmland. Players can also obtain more resources by establishing new villages or raiding other villages.
In order to defend their villages, players are required to train troops. Each troop has attributes which determine its training time, attack power, defense power, speed and resource carrying capacity. There are two main types of the troops: combat troops and special troops. Combat troops have combat capabilities which allow them to defend, attack, or raid villages. Special troops such as ninja, geisha, and komusō have special capabilities which allow them to spy on enemy villages, or to perform assassinations. Troops can be trained at dojo.
There is also a special unit known as a Taishō (大将, "boss" or "chief"), which represents the players in game. Taishō can equip items and explore dungeon. They can also accompany an army. Depending on their attributes, a hero may give an offensive or defensive bonus to the army that it accompanies.
In Samurai Taisen there are four major forces: Date clan, Uesugi clan, Takeda clan, Oda clan. Each of them has their own characteristics and strategical bonus. The amount of strategical bonus depends on the current provinces that faction holds. Players may choose to join one or not to join to stay independent as Ronin. Factions provide players with daily quests, completing quests will increase the standings towards that faction. Raising standing in a faction allows the player to access more valuable and harder quests.
Players with embassy may form their own alliances. An alliance allows its members to work together for mutual benefit, and also provides improved communication tools such as mass alliance-wide in-game messages as well as alliance private forum. Members of alliance may not attack each other, and each of them will be notified whenever their allies are under attack.
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