Onimusha 2 made official for US
After the release of Onimusha 2: Samurai's Destiny just a few days ago in Japan, Capcom officially announced its plans to bring the title to the North American market today. While there wasn't much speculation regarding the release of this game in North America, Capcom confirmed its plans for the game along with two others.
Onimusha 2 will launch in this region in late summer, as an almost exact port of its Japanese counterpart, except for localization of the title for the U.S. market. Onimusha 2 will tell the tale of yet another samurai warrior, Yusaku Matsuda, and while the central theme of the game has not yet been revealed, Capcom promises a more dynamic combat system including more available combos, visually enhanced graphics, and a more RPG-like feel to the game. Players will now be able to visit towns and other areas, interacting with various non playable characters, some of which can become playable upon meeting certain criteria. Also, in true RPG fashion, these characters can obtain various combat attributes throughout the game. Overall, there are 4 announced characters that can be acquired in the game, each with different abilities that can be learned. Also, while still utilizing the same pre-rendered graphics format of the previous title, Capcom promises some truly amazing enhancements.
"Once again the opening cinematics are absolutely stunning," said Todd Thorson, director of marketing at Capcom Entertainment. "The game is so realistic that you actually feel panic and fear as Nobunaga and his henchmen terrorize the village. Onimusha 2 will be a must-have videogame for the Onimusha Aficionado and novice alike. This is the first time a videogame has brought an actor back to life. The late Yusaku Matsuda was an extremely popular actor in Japan and his presence adds a totally unique quality to Onimusha 2."
While featuring more outdoor environments, more interaction, and copious amounts of CG cinematics, Onimusha 2 promises to build upon and innovate on the series first installment. Look for Onimusha 2 to hit stores late this fall.
3/22/2002 Ryan Hartmann