With the 24 June and 27 July release dates – in Japan and the west, respectively – closing in, publishers Koei Tecmo have released a second trailer for the upcoming Samurai Warriors 5.
The Announcement Trailer, which was featured in the hit-and-miss February 2021 Nintendo Direct, revealed some of the main characters and showcased the glorious art style through high-octane cinematics and snippets of gameplay footage.
This new video for Samurai Warriors 5 offers a dive into each of the 27 playable characters, including several new characters to the universe. Here’re the characters who you’ll be able to use in the Omega Force game this summer.
All the playable characters in Samurai Warriors 5
In the video above, you can see the whole Character Trailer put out but Koei Tecmo on 23 April. Below, we’ve got the details of each of the 27 characters unveiled for Samurai Warriors 5.
- Nobunaga Oda: Young head of the Oda family of Owari, he frequently takes on reckless battles, earning the nickname ‘Owari’s Great Fool.’
- Toshiie Maeda: A friend of Nobunaga Oda and retainer of the Oda family, his bravery has earned him the nickname ‘Mighty Spear Mataza.’
- Mitsuhide Akechi: Called an ‘old fossil’ by Nobunaga, due to his stubbornness, he serves as the Saitō family’s retainer and is about to embark on a quest to discover his true strength.
- Nō: The ‘Viper of Mino’ is cold and composed, perfectly complementing her archery skills. She’s married to Nobunaga Oda, by her father’s wishes.
- Yoshimoto Imagawa: Wielding the mighty Samonji sword, the great daimyō continues to expand to fulfil what he sees as his destiny: becoming the ruler of Japan.
- Ieyasu Tokugawa: Once the heir of Mikawa’s minor daimyō lord, he’s now a loyal friend and warrior to his captors, the Oda family.
- Tadakatsu Honda: The right-hand man of Ieyasu and a retainer to the Tokugawa family, he’s a wild card who runs hot in the face of adversity.
- Sena: The niece of Yoshimoto Imagawa wields a Naginata and is devoted to Ieyasu Tokugawa.
- Toshimitsu Saitō: High-ranking, reliable, and loyal. As the retainer of the Akechi family, he’s a trusted member, but does disapprove of the rash actions of Mitsuhide Akechi.
- Shikanosuke Yamanaka: Now working with Mitsuhide Akechi, he does so to bring back the family for whom he is named retainer, the Amago family.
- Kenshin Uesugi: Echigo’s great daimyō boasts the immaculate title ‘God of War,’ seeking to advocate his path of righteousness by expanding across the country.
- Shingen Takeda: ‘The Tiger of Kai,’ as he’s known, commands a mighty horde of cavalry and seeks to conquer a world that even he knows cannot be controlled.
- Motonari Mōri: Now the ruler of the Chūgoku region, the veteran always has a scheme up his sleeve, and has the savvy and clear-mindedness to bring them to fruition.
- Nagamasa Azai: Young, trusted, and righteous. The governing daimyō of Kitaōmi fights with the Asakura family, which leads him to meet Mitsuhide Akechi.
- Oichi: The disapproving younger sister of Nobunaga Oda, she carries the trademark strength of the family despite her more innocent demeanour.
- Katsuie Shibata: The ‘Demon Shibata’ is the chief retainer of the Oda family, and while he doesn’t approve of Nobunaga’s conduct, he serves the younger brother, Nobuyuki, well.
- Sandayū Momochi: An old friend of Hanzō Hattori, he’s the head of the Iga Ninjas but serves the Oda family.
- Hideyoshi Hashiba: An Oda clan retainer now, he’s actually a playful commoner whose cleverness and initiative got him into the army and promoted.
- Kazuuji Nakamura: Saved by Hideyoshi Hashiba when the Oda family defeated the Rokkaku family, the Kōga Ninja is very loyal despite being so closed-off.
- Mitsuki: Friendly by nature, she’s a Kōga Ninja who was raised by Nobunaga Oda, but her true origins are still unknown.
- Hanzō Hattori: The Tokugawa family’s chief retainer once held membership with the Iga Ninjas, which has led to him and Sandayū Momochi being closely connected even to now.
- Yasuke: A lone wolf by nature, he came from foreign lands only for the command of Nobunaga Oda to intrigue him. Now, Yasuke is a loyal retainer for Nobunaga.
- Takakage Kobayakawa: He’s a confident tactician, Motonari Mōri’s third son, and the heir to the Chūgoku region.
- Magoichi Saika: An incredibly reliable mercenary, he leads by example as the head of the Saika mercs, without holding any loyalties to any family.
- Hisahide Matsunaga: Out to create a world in his own image, he comes off as a gentleman but would freely mow down a shogun to uphold his ideals. Mitsuhide Akechi appears to suit his standards.
- Hanbei Takenaka: Mentor to Kanbei Kuroda and a servant of the Saitō family, he’s a shrewd tactician, living by his sharp wits in battle.
- Kanbei Kuroda: The junior tactician to Hanbei Takenaka, he’s very competitive, an indubitable tactical genius, but still calls his tutor “Master,” out of respect.
What new playable characters are in Samurai Warriors 5?
Of the 27 playable characters in the upcoming game, Yasuke, Hanzō Hattori, Sandayū Momochi, and Magoichi Saika will enter the game as the newest playable characters in the series.
Both Nobunaga Oda and Mitsuhide Akechi are also set to appear in Samurai Warriors 5 in their younger and more mature forms, offering two timestamps to play as the leading characters.
There’s plenty of time left between now and the 24 June and 27 July release dates for Samurai Warriors 5 across all consoles and PC, so it seems inevitable that even more will be revealed about the Sengoku period-set game.
For now, though, the confirmation of all of these playable characters, particularly the reveal of four exciting new ones, is plenty to scale-up the hype for the Japanese hack-and-slash title.