Way of the Samurai 4 takes place at the end of the Edo period in Japan. For the first time in a long time, Japan has opened its borders to the world. Now that Japan is open to the world, opportunities have come about for the ambitious, and as a master-less samurai, you must make a name for yourself.
One of the many features of Way of the Samurai 4 is the character customization. After creating your samurai, you can chose from three ages: youth, young-man or middle-aged man. The way quests and missions are selected will affect your samurai’s loyalty to the three feuding factions: the shogunate pro-governmental forces, the nationalistic isolationists and the British Navy influenced foreign powers. Customizable bladed and gunpowder-based weapons add to the strength of your samurai
Way of the Samurai 4 also includes an online feature in which characters from other player’s games enter your game for a fight to the death. The winner will claim the items equipped by the invading avatar. This title will be available as both a retail product and digital release for the PlayStation 3 in Europe in September 2012.