Onimusha 2: Samurai's Destiny  
The demons are back. And yes, you have to cut them into pieces!

CarlitoOnimusha is a wonderful game. While its gameplay is not exactly innovative, the graphics and the deep soundtrack are able to create an atmosphere that's hard to find in other survival horror games. The game finished with a special bonus, a look at the next episode. After a long period of brief yet interesting announcements around a sequel to this top selling game, Capcom has finally announced the release of the new instalment for the next year. Onimusha 2 will be released in Japan on March 7, 2002. The game should arrive in the western countries in the first half of the next year.

The Staff

The game is still in an early stage of development. The staff is composed by many artists who are extremely influent in the game industry.

Producer: Keiji Inafune (Mega Man, Resident Evil 2, Onimusha)
Characters Designer: Keita Amemiya
Game scenario: Noboru Sugimura (Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil: Code Veronica)
Sound producer: Tarou Iwashiro
CG producer: Mikitaya Kurasawa (Onimusha)
CG director: Ryuu Kaneda

Demons…

The story takes place in the early summer of 1573, 13 years after the events of the first Onimusha. Nobunaga Ota, the evil warlord of the first episode, is back. Towns and feuds have been attacked and destroyed by a mysterious and frightening army. The main hero, of course, will have to fight Nobunaga's demonic army in order to bring the situation back to normal. You know, it's not easy to live in a town where you can find a demon into your bathroom.

…and Ghosts

Yagyuu Juyuubei is the hero of this new episode. Yes, I know. This name may sound a little weird to a western audience. Not like Guybrush Threepwood but that's however quite funny.

Yagyuu Juyuubei, the main character the actor Yusaku MatsudaThe developers created for Yagyuu a model that resembles the Japanese actor Yusaku Matsuda, died in 1989. A popular actor in Japan, in the western countries he was known for the movie Black Rain, in which he starred alongside Michael Douglas. This is probably the first time a dead actor has been virtually brought back to life in order to star in a videogame.

Other Characters

Many other characters will support Yagyuu during his adventure. While it's not sure if Akechi Samanosuke (the hero of Onimusha) will make an appearance in this new episode, it has been revealed that Kaede (the female character of the first Onimusha) is present in the game.

Other characters are Oyuu, a 20 years old female knight, and Magoichi, a 33 year old character that will help Yagyuu during the battles using his knowledge in the use of gunpowder.

Graphics and Environments

Loyal to Capcom's tradition, developers decided to use for this game the formula of pre-rendered backgrounds with real time characters. The first Onimusha showed up an interesting use of this technique, introducing animations and wonderful environmental effects in order to create a realistic, deep atmosphere. While I strongly prefer the use of dynamically generated environments, like the ones of Silent Hill or Zone Of The Enders, I have to admit that Capcom's artists are undisputed masters in exploiting all the possibilities implied in the use of pre-rendered backgrounds.

The world of the game will be more varied in this new episode. According to the words of the developers, the player will have to explore whole medieval towns and Japanese age-old forests in this new episode, as you may see from the screenshots of the game.

Onimusha 2 is surely one of the most awaited game for the next year. In the meanwhile, we are still waiting for another Capcom's title, Shinji Mikami's Devil May Cry, scheduled for an October 2001 release in U.S.

The demons are back!


- Carlito (October 23rd, 2001)