Koei will give its long-running warfare simulation series a new twist with Nobunaga's Ambition Online for the PlayStation 2
console. Keeping within the Koei tradition of basing games on Asian history and mythology,
NAO is set in 16th century feudal Japan and offers several characters classes, including
samurai, ninja, blacksmith, priest, shinto priest, yin yang master and pharmacist. Different
jobs grant access to specific parts of the game's world. Classes are also broken down into selectable
factions, and a unique Clique system simplifies communication with companions. As with most
MMORPGs, battles are played out in real-time.
Nobunaga's Ambition Online supports narrow and broadband connections and requires use
of the PlayStation 2 hard drive. The game will facilitate as many as 3,000 simultaneous online
players and is scheduled for a Fall 2002 release in Japan, with beta testing beginning this summer.
There has been no word from Koei regarding the possibility of a North American release.