Nobunaga's Ambition: Awakening Is Heading West In July

Nobunaga's Ambition: Awakening, the latest in the long-running Japanese strategy franchise, is heading West this summer.

Published: March 30, 2023 9:19 AM /


Nobunaga and various other members of the Nobunaga's Ambition: Awakening cast

To commemorate the Nobunaga's Ambition franchise's 40th anniversary, Koei Tecmo has announced a Western release for the latest game in the series, Nobunaga's Ambition: Awakening. It's heading out of Japan on July 20th and will come to PC, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.

As with other Nobunaga's Ambition games, Awakening casts you as a daimyō in 16th-century Japan, otherwise known as the Warring States (Sengoku) era. You'll lead your very own clan, making decisions about its future while also fending off challenges and claims from rival clans. You can check out the new Western announcement trailer for Nobunaga's Ambition: Awakening right here.

As you play, you'll be making decisions regarding diplomacy, resource management, and military strategy, hoping to lead your clan through this difficult period of history and perhaps even emerge as the most powerful clan around. You'll be assisted by AI-powered retainers, who will suggest strategies to you, but who are also working on their own judgment, meaning they might make decisions of which you disapprove.

In addition to the usual Nobunaga's Ambition features, Awakening also boasts "various features that befit the 40th anniversary of the series", according to Koei Tecmo. These include "landmarks and achievements that will affect the strategy" of the game, as well as elements that return from previous titles, like the editor function. All in all, Nobunaga's Ambition: Awakening promises to be the definitive Nobunaga's Ambition experience, and it's good we're finally getting a chance to play it in the West (without a working knowledge of Japanese, that is).

Nobunaga's Ambition: Awakening is scheduled to launch for PC via Steam, as well as PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, on July 20th. If you buy the game before launch, or up to two weeks after its release, you'll also get the bonus Battle of Tetorigawa Scenario. If you miss out, though, Koei Tecmo says this scenario "may become available for purchase at a later date".

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