Capcom's Sengoku Basara series, while receiving a generally lukewarm reception in the West, is popular among Asian and Japanese gamers. Capcom's Japan site recently uncovered more information about the upcoming game in the franchise, Sengoku Basara: Chronicle Heroes, which is slated for the PSP.
The game is similar to the previous PSP release Sengoku Basara: Battle Heroes. Gamers create a team consisting of two heroes from the series and face off in battle against another player. The game will support up to four players ad hoc.
Producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi and director Shin Yamamoto revealed in a recent Famitsu issue that the next PSP game will feature characters from Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes (called Sengoku Basara 3 in Japan) like Ishida Matsunari and the revamped Tokugawa Ieyasu. Token Sengoku Basara characters Date Masamune and Sanada Yukimura return as playable characters.
New stages include a different take on a section in Sekigahara from Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes. The PSP version will have height differences, which means that battles will also be taken above ground. Speaking of which, the game will now feature new aerial combat elements due to fan request. Characters can now pull off combos while in mid-jump.
The producer and director also said that Chronicle Heroes will be balanced due to fan's complaints about Battle Heroes being too tough. Gamers who still have a save from Battle Heroes will want to hold onto it because Chronicle Heroes will allow them to import their data into the upcoming game.
The game is slated for a summer release in Japan this year.