Way of the Samurai 4 Gets New DLC

By Shawn Collier on September 26, 2012, 7:46PM EST

If you bought XSEED Games's Way of the Samurai 4 last month and followed the game's original Japanese release, you may have been aware that the game had DLC released post-launch. Now that the game has been around a little while in North America the publisher has announced that the DLC is now available on the PlayStation Store.

Offering a unique setting, Way of the Samurai 4 opens in mid-19th century Japan. For hundreds of years, the Japanese shogunate has operated under a strict policy of isolation, keeping the nation walled off from foreign trade and cultural influence. Now, for the first time in centuries, Japan has opened its borders to the world beyond. This new cultural landscape has created countless opportunities for the ambitious, and players are thrown into this world as a masterless samurai looking to make a name for himself.

Players will begin their experience in Way of the Samurai 4 by creating their own customized character. After building their samurai warrior and choosing from one of three distinct age groups "“ youth, young man or middle-aged "“ players are thrown into a tumultuous power struggle between three factions: the shogunate pro-governmental forces, the nationalistic isolationists, and the foreign powers who are heavily influenced by the British Navy.

The $4.99 Where Are They Now? DLC adds a new mission and unlocks characters from prior installments in the series: Dona Dona and Sayo from Way of the Samurai and Way of the Samurai 2 who are playable via custom attachment gear. Another $4.99 Shinsengumi DLC pack adds a new mission with gear from one of the group's most famous members. In addition to these major DLC packs there are a number of packs which range from 99 cents to $2.99 which give the player rare or otherwise hard-to-find materials that are normally found through playing the game.

Way of the Samurai 4 was released last month exclusively on PlayStation Network.

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