Skulls of the Shogun
is due to be released next week across three platforms: Xbox LIVE Arcade, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Before that happens, Microsoft Studios wanted to bring us some details on the characters with which players will become familiar throughout the game.General Akamoto
is the game's protagonist. He is an unflappable, honour-bound tactical genius who was prepared to become a shogun on the eve of his greatest battle. Then tragedy struck: he was stabbed in the back and sent down to the Samurai Afterlife. When he arrives at the Shores of the Dead he is not given the respect to which he is accustomed. Not one to give up, he assembles a misfit army with the intent to battle through the four seasons of the Afterlife. Will the commander prove who deserves the title of Shogun?Kurokawa
was Akamoto's second-in-command and is rumoured to be the villain responsible for stabbing the General. He is a good warrior but is hot-headed. His jealousy runs deep over Akamoto's battlefield prowess. Who will win this score?
aren't that bright and are a disposable force. This doesn't mean that they are not worth bothering with. They are big and beefy and can inflict an average amount of damage. They also have a high defence capability. They're ideal for the General's frontline.
On the contrary, the Archer
has enough intelligence to hide away at the back of the pack. They will cackle hysterically as they pick off their enemies from a distance.
get around the battlefield on horseback. They can close distances quickly for a surprise strike. This is usually followed by "getting the heck out of there".
The Crow Monk
is a silent and enigmatic man who can summon the Wind God Fujin. They can blast enemies off high cliffs and watch as they fall to their deaths.
The Salamander Monk
has the power of fire, which is lucky for a confessed pyromaniac. If you see enemies being set on fire from a distance, he will be responsible.
The Fox Monk
is not like the other two. He is a pacifist and the team medic. You won't want to get injured though, or he'll bore you with his rhetoric on the history of the universe as he heals you.Skulls of the Shogun
is due to be released on January 30th. The XBLA version will cost 1200 MSP. The Windows 8 version will initially launch at a discounted price of $9.99, but will increase to $14.99 after a limited period of time. The Windows Phone version is also initially discounted at $4.99; this will rise to $6.99 after a limited period of time.