Capcom fan-favourite Onimusha: Warlords is coming to PS4 with a host of new features

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Capcom fan-favourite Onimusha: Warlords is coming to PS4 with a host of new features

The PS2 samurai classic gets a high-definition upgrade and new display options

It has been over 17 years since Onimusha: Warlords first appeared on PS2, kicking off a beloved series that spawned sequels and spin-offs full of intense sword fights, duty-bound warriors, and demons determined to envelop the world in darkness.

After selling more than two million copies worldwide on PS2, we’re proud to announce Onimusha: Warlords is coming to PS4 with a host of features that will enhance your samurai adventure!

Set in feudal Japan after the perceived death of the evil lord Nobunaga Oda, Onimusha: Warlords recounts the story of the samurai Samanosuke Akechi and ninja Kaede on a mission to save Princess Yuki, following her plea for help after mysterious demons invade her castle. As the two race to her aid, they unravel a demonic plot unlike anything they have witnessed before.


Fun fact! Onimusha: Warlords was originally conceived as a spin-off from the Resident Evil series that featured ninjas instead of the familiar faces we know today. It would have featured a mansion filled with booby traps, hidden pathways, and other ninja-inspired elements.

Ultimately, the decision was made for Onimusha: Warlords to be a separate game, but it kept a feature in common with the earlier Resident Evil games: the fixed camera that is still present in this PS4 release.

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Featuring unrivalled swordfighting gameplay, Onimusha: Warlords rewards patience in battle. Samanosuke wields his trusty katana to deal with the evil within the castle, but also gains the mystical Oni Gauntlet that allows him to harvest the souls of demons to regain health or strengthen his weapons. Going along the alternate route to the castle, Kaede utilises a quick-but-potent arsenal to take on the demons that lie in the path between her and the princess.

Updated features for PS4

Fans of the original game will appreciate the updated features in the PS4 version. Characters, environments and cinematics have been given a high-definition upgrade, and both the original game’s display and more modern widescreen display are supported. Changing between the two display modes can be done at any time in-game, but certain menus are fixed.

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A screen scroll feature has been added for widescreen display that allows players to see more of the fixed screens than ever before as the camera now scrolls up and down based on your movement.

This release of Onimusha: Warlords also allows players to move using the analogue stick, which should improve movement accuracy and accessibility, especially in a game that is centred around combat. This was the same treatment that Resident Evil and Resident Evil 0 had for their release on PS4. For those who still prefer using the directional inputs like in the original game, that option is also open!

In the original game, Easy Mode was unlocked only after failing a specific battle a set amount of times. In this version, Easy Mode is unlocked from the start of the game for players who may find the adventure too difficult or want to enjoy the story. In Easy Mode, enemies are easier to kill and appear less often. However, you cannot change difficulty once you begin, so select wisely!

Onimusha Warlords for PS4

We’re excited to bring Onimusha: Warlords to PS4 after the series’ popularity on PS2, so sharpen those swords and be prepared to set foot in a land of samurai and demons. There’s also a new soundtrack inspired by feudal Japan that enhances the immersion even further.

Onimusha: Warlords launches in Europe on 15th January 2019 as a digital-only release. Who’s ready to step into the shoes of a samurai?

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  • Holy hell I didn’t think I’d ever see Capcom acknowledge Onimusha ever again!

  • i had this game as one of my first few PS2 games as well as Dead or Alive 2 (which i liked) and Metal Gear Solid 2 (which came with my PS2 bundle but i didn’t like it) and it was good fun. Far preferred it to the obnoxious and similar Devil May Cry they did shortly after. Not sure I’d enjoy it quite as much today but worth a go.

  • I am incredibly pleased by this news! I would hope for Dual Audio, but I’m just gonna count my blessings.

  • Samanosuke !!!

    Glad to see Onimusha return, but I wish the game received a treatment similar to the new Resident Evil 2 remake… this looks a bit naff :-/

  • Very happy to have Onimusha in any shape or form, a complete revamp would have been excellent, but this will suffice just fine

  • To be honest with you this is the first time i hear about this title, not a lot games that had Japanise feel to it or in any way were related to Japanise culture like Samurai’s or stuff like that made its way to Croatia while i was playing on PS2. Mostly games like Resident Evil, Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy, Silent Hill and Tekken are the games i remember playing on PlayStation 2 and knowing & feeling straight away thosse games were Japanise and they were developed by Japanise company’s or the the game director was Japanise … And all this games were and still are know world wide by gaming comunity so for me this games were only thing that i knew from that beautiful country. Titles like this never have i ever heard of them..

  • Samanosuke! Hell yeah!!! Shame it’s not a proper remake, but still, hell yeah!!!

  • i am so happy capcom are finally doing this!! i just hope we get a proper full hd collection of all the games in the future, or even a new one!

  • It’s actually one of the better looking PS2 titles, though the prerendered backgrounds look a bit weird now, it looks a bit better than some of the PS2 Devil May Crys.

    This slightly similar PS2 game just makes me want Tenchu WoH rereleased even more though. Strangely Activision (the owners of that game’s publishing rights) working with From Software (who own the series’ publishing rights) on Sekiro does make it more hopeful than ever.

  • nice! i never thought we’d see onimusha again! but january is getting packed so maybe they could spread the love abit!

  • Yay!! The Onimusha games are the main Capcom remasters for which I’ve been waiting!

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