Serious Samurai: Sengoku Closed Beta

Why did they build their banners so big?

Everything I’m learning about Sengoku sounds hugely positive. “It’s like Shogun: Total War, without the tactical battles,” said RPS contributor Dan Gril when we met up last week to pretend to be crappy heroes. I then went back and read Jim’s dynamite preview earlier this month.

ANYWAY, Sengoku’s due this September, but if you want to get involved in all that tactical treachery and strategic seppuku early, Paradox are now accepting signups for the closed beta. You can do so here. Old, characteristically fustian Paradox Interactive trailer follows…


  1. Dzamir says:

    Shogun: Total War, with auto-resolve battles always ON

    • banski83 says:

      Which is exactly what I want, to be fair. Always enjoyed mucking about on the strategic map more in TW games, rather than the real time battles.

      This’ll do me nicely.

    • Nimic says:

      I think you meant to say that Shogun Total War is like this, except with 80% of the features removed and some pretty battles.

    • Witrim says:

      Well I hope they don’t remove diplomacy, trading and any kind of alliance half way into the game like a certain other game did.

  2. Anthile says:

    I’m quite sure this is going to be better than Shogun and by “better” I mean “more akin to my liking”.

  3. Vexing Vision says:

    I love Paradox Games.

    I hate their trailers.

    I want this game.

  4. godgoo says:

    haha ‘serious samurai’ gave me the first chuckle of the day. my tired face cracked. I care not for the game though.

  5. Gabe McGrath says:

    Hmm, doesn’t appear to be ‘my’ kind of Sengoku game.

    Mine were made in the early 90s. ;-)

    Wiki (link) Gameplay footage (link)

    Actually the first 2 games were a bit naff, but the 3rd included more modern brawler moves like ‘double dash’ that added a bit of spice to the proceedings.

  6. Griddle Octopus says:

    Man, Sengoku is already looking amazing (from what I saw of it.) Still not as good as the WFRP campaign though. My life is spent looking forward to our next session.

  7. pipman3000 says:

    can’t wait for yet another stereotyped orientalist take on japan!

  8. Huygens says:

    Could someone clarify whether Shengoku is “Shogun 2 without the tactical battles”, or is it (as several people insisted in another thread started by Mr. Rossignol some days ago) pausable real-time?

    • Wilson says:

      Given that it’s Paradox and the type of game is is, I’d expect pausable real time, and be very surprised if it wasn’t. It looks like a similar engine to EU, Victoria, etc, and they were pausable real time. But I don’t know for sure.

    • Huygens says:

      Thank you for the reply; I agree that it does look like EU etc. I’ll try getting some additional info from the Paradox fora.

    • Nimic says:

      It’s absolutely 100% like the other EU-games. That is, it’ more like Crusader Kings (and partly Rome) than Europa Universalis, but it’ll function the same way.

  9. ScubaMonster says:

    Well that’s annoying, the beta signup asks you for your Paradox forum user name. I’m not sure why they require you to be a forum member just for joining the beta. I guess making a forum account just for the beta isn’t that big of a deal, but I have a feeling long time forum members would get in way ahead of newcomers.

    • skurmedel says:

      Had that problem when I wanted to participate in another beta. I got in though and understood why they want you to have one. Their issue reporting system is kind of integrated with the forum software.
      By the way I wasn’t a forum member prior to that, and I got in just fine. So I think it’s more a matter of fitting the “computer and gamer profile” they need.