Samurai Warriors 4 looks likely to release in English later this year.
Responding to a fan query on Twitter, producer Hisashi Koinuma seemed to confirm an English localisation.
He was less certain about release window, saying “perhaps, next summer” – presumably northern summer 2014.
The PlayStation 3 and Vita title arrives in Japan in March, but had not been confirmed for western release prior to Koinuma’s comment.
Tecmo Koei is normally pretty good about bringing its Warriors games west; the Dynasty Warriors series and its expansions almost always make the jump, although some special re-releases and ports have been neglected, and only the Wii version of Samurai Warriors 3 made it out, leaving PS3 and PSP fans in the cold.
Samurai Warriors 4 boasts over 50 characters, and in an interesting twist on the usual formula, will have two story modes, one starring Yukimura Sanada, the franchise’s poster boy, and the other his brother Nobuyuki Sanada, who fought for opposing factions. Like Warriors Orochi and Samurai Warriors Chronicles, players will bring more than one character to battle and switch at will between them.