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Way of the Samurai 4 gets release date!

It’s been a long time coming, but I’m delighted to say that the Japanese action game and prestigious ‘Famitsu Gold Award’ winner, Way of the Samurai 4, will be released on Steam on the 23rd July priced at just $24.99.

In addition to this exciting news, I can let you know that there will be a massive 40% Steam Pre-Purchase discount available from the 16th July until the game’s release on the 23rd

We’d like to thank you all for your continued patience while we worked on this difficult PC conversion but the wait is nearly over.  Once again, I’d also like to extend our huge thanks to all the Beta testers that kept focus during the last few months and have helped us get this game over the last few hurdles.  You know who you are - THANK YOU! :)

Developed and published in Japan by Acquire and Spike Chunsoft, Way of the Samurai 4 is part of the million+ selling Way of the Samurai series.  The series has seen sequels (and even a prequel) released on numerous consoles, including PSP, PS3 and Xbox 360, but this will mark the first time the series has ever been released on PC.

While Way of the Samurai 4 is not yet available for pre-order you can already check out the game’s Steam Store page and discuss the game with Steam Community.

The Way of the Samurai series is widely renowned for allowing players to make far-reaching decisions that can radically alter the course of the story and this, the fourth entry in this thrilling series and previously exclusive to the PS3, is no exception! Now all the sword-wielding action, adventure and drama of the Way of the Samurai series comes to PC for the very first time, continuing the series’ blend of customization, exploration, action gameplay and quirky humour.

Way of the Samurai 4 takes place in the humble port town of Amihama during the mid 19th Century, several years after the arrival of the “black ships” from the West ended Japan’s long history of cultural isolation. Amihama’s downtown area has slowly been converted to a “Little Britain,” complete with European-styled buildings, occupied by an influx of adventurous foreign settlers. Not everyone welcomes these new residents though, and three distinct factions with opposing ideals begin to take shape.

You must take on the role of a master-less samurai looking to establish yourself in this conflicted land of opportunity and uncertainty. It is up to you to decide which faction to support in an almighty conflict amongst the region’s three powers, and so direct the course of Japan’s history.

Will you aid the shogunate pro-government in their attempts to keep the peace and establish cordial relations with the foreign contingent?

Will you help the nationalistic isolationists in their attempts to exile this potential threat to the Japanese way of life?

Or will you ally with the foreigners directed by the British Navy in their attempts to establish silk trade and foster cultural exchange?

Who will you support? Who will you betray? Become the ultimate bastion of virtue or the ultimate disgrace to humanity, and do it however you'd like. The choice is entirely your own...

Come join the denizens of this conflicted harbour and enjoy all the series staples you've come to expect from Way of the Samurai:

• Branching storylines with multiple endings

• Dynamic combat system

• Vast array of melee and gunpowder weaponry

• Extensive character customization

• Key event decision making

• Sword collecting

• Original Japanese voiceover with English subtitles

What the reviewers had to say about the PS3 version

“Ridiculously over-the-top Japanese historical setting combined with samurai badassery and an open-world, Choose Your Own Adventure–style interface.” - EGM

“I can recommend this game to anyone who is a diehard fan of samurais and enjoys a good combat system wrapped around a unique way of telling a story.” - Darkstation

“...a unique, rewarding experience that to date, can't be found anywhere else.” – Destructoid

©Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd.  Developed by ACQUIRE Corp.  All Rights Reserved.  Licensed to and published by Ghostlight Limited.

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Wait of the Samurai

Hi everyone and welcome to this week’s Ghostlight blog!

We’re coming to you a day early today, so that we can remind you about the PSN “Big in Japan” sale which ends at 11:59pm tonight.  With savings of up to 50% on some of our Japanese titles, this is one sale you won’t want to miss, so why not go and check out the massive savings on offer. :)

In other very important news, we’ve continued to make excellent progress on the mighty Way of the Samurai 4, so much so in fact that we’ve now reached the point where we’ve been able to set an internal release date - hurrah!  I’m told that we’re currently seeking approval for this release date from our partners in Japan but if all goes well we should be able to update our blog and the Steam Store with all the details very, very soon, so watch this space!

One thing I can confirm is that there will be a weeklong pre-purchase period for Way of the Samurai 4, during which time you’ll be able to pick up this epic game and its DLC with a sizeable discount as a thank you to anyone who pre-orders.

Once again, on behalf of the team here, we’d like to thank you for your patience on this one!  Our team have been working incredibly hard on this game and it’s been a long and frustrating wait for us and I’m sure for all of you too.  We’re nearly there now though.  The main bugs that have been causing our programmers all sorts of headaches have all been fixed and we’re just left with a few smaller issues to sort out - assuming of course, that our hard working beta testers don’t turn anything else up this week! ;)  Any of our beta testers reading this should know how much we appreciate what they do… huge thanks to you all… now get back to work! *cracks whip* :)

Of course with the release of Way of the Samurai 4 nearly upon us, here at Ghostlight we were facing a rather large hole in our schedule.  The way the weather has been lately, lazing around in the sun does seem an appealing prospect, but we don’t like to sit idle here at Ghostlight.  So, I’m pleased to announce that we’ve just signed a new deal to bring another console JRPG to PC!  I can’t share the game’s title just yet, but I thought you might be interested in knowing.  Also, it’s been far too long since I’ve teased anything and I do have a reputation to maintain. :)  More news soon…

That’s all from me.  I’ll be back next week, but until then why not follow us on our Twitter and Facebook pages, our Youtube Channel and our  Google + account, where we’ll be posting all the latest news from Ghostlight? You can also follow me on Twitter for a more personal take on all things Ghostlight.

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The Big in Japan 2015 PSN Sale begins

Calling all PSN users: Have you been enviously watching the recent Steam Summer Sale, complete with all those great bargains? If so, I’ve got some good news for you as this year’s PSN ‘Big in Japan’ sale has just begun, bringing you great savings on a whole host of fantastic Japanese games.

PS3 owners will be pleased to hear that both Agarest: Generations of War Zero & Agarest: Generations of War 2 will have their prices slashed. Agarest Zero is down from €24.99 (£19.99) to an appetising €10.00 (£8.00), while Agarest 2 has dropped from €34.99 (£28.99) to just €10.50 (£8.70).

Of course we’ve also got something for those of you with a PSP or Vita!   Persona 2 has had its price reduced from €29.99 (£24.99) to €8.99 (£7.39) and the bundle containing Persona 2 and Trails in the Sky has had its price cut from €49.99 (£39.99) to €16.99 (£13.99).  Fate/EXTRA has also had a price cut too, from €29.99 (£24.99) to just €8.39 (£7.39). 

Meanwhile our sister company Midas Interactive are offering one of Atlus’ PlayStation 2 Classics Maken Shao: Demon Sword at an amazing €1.50 (£1.20) down from €4.99 (£3.99). This obscure gem is one that fans of Atlus’ SMT series will not want to miss out on.

So, make sure to head over to the PSN store to take advantage of these great savings before the sale ends next week on the 1st July.

That’s all from me.  I’ll be back next week, but until then why not follow us on our Twitter and Facebook pages, our Youtube Channel and our  Google + account, where we’ll be posting all the latest news from Ghostlight? You can also follow me on Twitter for a more personal take on all things Ghostlight.

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