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As you can't have a proper samurai showdown without absurd arterial spray and dismemberment, The Creative Assembly has released a new Total War: Shogun 2 downloadable content pack which amps up the bloodletting to the requisite level. If you'd rather be a sneaky ninja, though, the Hattori clan previously exclusive to the Shogun 2 Limited Edition is now sold separately.
For $1.59, the Blood Pack adds gruesome new animations and effects. Units can be decapitated or have their limbs severed, squirt blood when hit, get drenched in blood, splat on the ground, and generally make a lovely mess. The DLC actually has a higher rating than the base game, so you'll need to be a proper grown-up to buy it.
The $4.99 Hattori Clan Pack, meanwhile, lets you be the sneaky Hattori, described as "masters of the shadowy arts of assassination and bribery," in both single-player and multiplayer. It also packs a new battle scenario, based upon historical events, plus snazzy armor and an XP boost for your General's avatar.
The Creative Assembly is working on a standalone expansion for Shogun 2, Fall of the Samurai.
What goes up must come down. And now that we've had the Rise of the Samurai expansion for Total War: Shogun 2, it's only natural that we get the newly announced "Fall of the Samurai" expansion as well. It will focus on the clash between the Imperial throne and the last Shogunate in the 19th century, when samurai culture met modern weaponry. As the name implies, it didn't end well.
The announcement on the Sega Blog calls it "significantly larger" than anything else produced for the game. It will bring in America, Britain, and France as new threats in a civil war, along with six playable clans.
New features include railway networks, ironclad warships, improved siege battle mechanics, new land and sea unit interactions, the ability to call offshore artillery, and coastal gun emplacements. You can also access three new agent types: Foreign Veteran, Ishin Shishi, and Shinsengumi.
Multiplayer will introduce a new Conquest map, with a new avatar that includes 40 retainers, 30 armor pieces, and a 19th century skill tree. Players can also use multiple avatars now, to create multiple careers across the game and its expansion.
The standalone expansion is due in March of 2012.
Sega announced today that Total War: Shogun 2 is getting a new downloadable campaign, titled "Rise of the Samurai." It will include both single and multiplayer modes with a bevvy of new unit types. The samurai will rise in September, but pricing for the expansion wasn't revealed in the announcement.
The expansion will add six new clans, including 16 new land units and 10 new naval units. Each of the new land and naval units are deployable online, along with 10 mons and retainers. Four new hero units include the Tetsubo Warrior Monk and the Onna Bushi. You'll also get four agent types, complete with skill trees, like the seductress Shirabyoshi and the Junsatsushi Inspectors.
The story will take place 400 years before the story of Shogun 2, and will detail the Gempei War, which pitted clans of the Taira, Minamoto, and Fujiwara families against each other. The conflict ultimately brought the samurai to power in Japan. If you like some historical education mixed with your strategy titles, natch.
Shogun 2 received a positive reception here at Shack, with some slight reservations for strategy novices.