Posted by Ross
Thu, 30th Jul 2015
It’s been a busy week here at Ghostlight as we have been regularly patching Way of the Samurai 4, both to fix some of the bugs that managed to slip through our extensive beta test, and to add in one or two frequently requested features.
Possibly the most requested feature that was missing from the original release was mouse support. Well, I’m really happy to be able to tell you that in version 1.02 our busy lead programmer has now managed to implement mouse controls, which work as follows:
Moving the mouse controls the camera
Left mouse button = weak attack
Right mouse button = heavy attack
Middle mouse button = block
If you’ve been holding off buying the game because of the missing mouse support, then you might also be pleased to hear that we have extended the 20% launch discount until the 6th of August. So why not head on over to the Way of the Samurai 4 Steam Store page to pick up the game for just £15.19?
In other Way of the Samurai 4 news, some of you might be wondering why you’ve now got a copy of firefighting roguelike Flame Over. If you are, then you should check out the previous blogpost from last night as we explain what’s been going on in that post :)
Finally I’m pleased to report that chain-reaction-shooter OMG Zombies & Elminage Gothic, our old school dungeon crawler, will be part of next week’s Steam Weekly Sale. We’ll be posting more details of the sale on Monday, so keep your eyes peeled for more information.
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.
Posted by Daren
Wed, 29th Jul 2015
Regarding recent comments about the mention of bonus DLC in Way Of The Samurai 4’s product description, we’re happy to offer the following explanation:
Our original plan was to launch the game with a 40% Pre-Purchase discount along with bonus DLC, after which we planned to apply a 20% discount to the game during its first week of release. However, we later decided it would be better value to keep the 40% Pre-Purchase discount but then apply a 20% discount to both the game and all DLC during the release week instead. Unfortunately the original game description wasn’t updated to reflect this.
As a way of making amends, anyone that has purchased Way of the Samurai in the last two weeks will automatically receive a free copy of Flame Over in the their Steam library. Additionally, we are also extending the 20% discount for one more week.
Thanks again for all your feedback and support – it’s hugely appreciated by everyone here :)
Posted by Ross
Thu, 23rd Jul 2015
The big day has finally arrived, as Way of the Samurai 4 has now been released on Steam. Everyone who’s been waiting for it can now enjoy this fantastic Japanese action game and prestigious ‘Famitsu Gold Award’ winner.
Way of the Samurai 4 is priced at $24.99, and those of you who missed out on the pre-purchase period will be happy to know that there is a 20% discount on this and on the game’s DLC, which will last until the 30th July.
To celebrate the big day Al and I have been having some fun with the character creation system, to show just how flexible the character creator can be. You'll find the results sprinkled throughout this blogpost and I think they speak for themself :).
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