e3 2010

Koei Appeals To The West With Warriors: Legends Of Troy

by Meagan Marie on Jun 17, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Warriors: Legends of Troy is Koei’s attempt to expand their audience, crafting a game within the Warriors franchise intended to appeal to western tastes. Setting the game during the Trojan War, Legends of Troy allows you to wage battle as either Trojan or Greek forces, each with their own unique storylines, major characters, and perspectives.

Six playable characters have been announced thus far, but Koei promises more will be revealed in the near future. All characters are based on major players from the historical accounts, and includes Achilles, Odysseus, Ajax, Hector, Paris, and Penthesilea, the queen of the Amazons.

As is standard for the Warriors franchise, the game is an action title designed to be flashy. Gameplay itself remains mostly unchanged, but the bronze-age aesthetics makes for quite a different title from a stylistic standpoint.

Listening to reader feedback, Koei has addressed a common complaint that combat requires little more than button mashing. Through one-on-one battles and crowd combat, attacks will be more varied for this iteration, requiring dodging, parrying, and other moves to stay engaged. Also, similar to the Musou guage, a “fury” attack can be unleashed for extra damage.

Legends of Troy’s narrative follows the length of the 10-year war, detailing up through the fall of city itself. Koei was explicit, however, in that they don’t expect players to have prior knowledge of the mythology. As many on the development team are Greek history buffs, the title itself should be more than a simple primer.

Warriors: Legends of Troy will ship later this fall.