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As the Daimyo of one of 19th Century Japan's most reputable Imperialist or Shogunate clans your task on the campaign map is to grow your clan's powerbase and ensure the overall victory of your chosen faction in the Boshin War, or will you claim dominion over Japan and found the Ezo Republic? Grow the power and wealth of your imfamous clan as you plot your march towards victory in either the name of yourself, the Imperialists, or the Shogunate.
Depending on whose cause you decide to support, your enemies will be many as the other clans jostle for power switching allegiances between the Imperial and Shogunate factions as it suits. Wage bloody wars against other clans, emerge victorious in countless bloody battles on land and sea, engage in diplomacy, unlock numerous technological advancements, recruit several different kinds of agents in to your service, and capture the two centers of power in Japan - the cities of Kyoto and Edo.
On the path to victory you will fight with and against many kinds of warriors on land and sea, from the traditional Samurai armies of the Shogunate supporting clans to the modernised gunpowder armies of the Imperialist supporting clans. Jostle diplomatic and factional allegiances while halting or beginning the tumultuous process of modernisation within Japan. Will you support the Imperialist or Shogunate faction when tensions boil over in to a state of total war? Or will you seek to claim your own dominion over Japan as the Ezo Republic? Now is your opportunity to decide who shall rise out of the turmoil of the Boshn War to claim dominance over 19th Century Japan!
Based on the backdrop of the Boshin War period, the new campaign starts in 1864, a time of growing resentment against Western colonial power and influence. As Japan begins to modernise and industrialise, the inevitable social and economic changes lead to increasingly militant nationalism and antipathy towards the Shogunate.
Play as a clan supporting the Imperial throne, or the last Shogunate:
The American, British and French nations play an important part in the story of the Boshin war, and your relations with these foreign powers will be integral to unit recruitment and to advancing your technology trees.
The new island of Ezo extends the SHOGUN 2 campaign map northwards. Fully refreshed towns and other campaign map features reflect the new time period, with railways making their first appearance in a Total War title.
Develop your own railway network to move armies and agents between your regions. Railways can be sabotaged and transport can be blocked by enemy armies who take control of parts of the line or stations.
Including modern ranged units - such as the Gatling gun and Armstrong gun - controllable in a new third-person mode. New units can also be recruited from foreign powers, including the British Royal Marines, US Marine Corps and French Marines.
New steam-powered warships, heavily armed with modern artillery. Foreign ironclad ships can also be purchased, including the Warrior-class ironclad.
This new battle type triggers when attempting a naval assault on an occupied enemy port. The attacking fleet must sail into the harbour and capture the port, running the gauntlet of coastal gun defences.
During a land battle, armies can call in offshore artillery support barrages. Conversely, coastal gun emplacements can target enemy ships during port siege battles, when ending their turn within the range of upgraded coastal defences. Campaign map bombardments: offshore naval units can bombard armies and cities in adjacent coastal areas on the campaign map itself.
The Foreign Veteran, the Ishin Shishi and the Shinshengumi. Each new agent has its own skill tree, and Ninja and Geisha agents have had their skill trees updated with new abilities.
New upgradable tower defences can be built with a specific defence specialty: archery, matchlock or Gatling gun.
New Conquest map reflecting the 19th century setting
Brand-new Fall of the Samurai avatar, including:
Multiple avatars: players can enjoy multiple careers and progression across Shogun 2 and Fall of The Samurai