Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence is, according to producer Ogasawara-san, built upon “three pillars” — Creation, War, and Diplomacy. He spoke in detail about each aspect of the game in his Gamescom presentation last week. but Koei Tecmo have just revealed more details about the Diplomacy side of things, as well as releasing a new trailer for the game, which is below:
Diplomacy is one of the most interesting aspects of the game, with how much care has been taken to make it feel as real as possible. Not only is there a lot of depth to the diplomacy and what is possible, but it also interacts with the other pillars of the game, Creation and War, to create a realised, realistic feeling of diplomacy for a strategist in that period of Japanese history.
Using Diplomacy to improve foreign affairs is a key ingredient to building a powerful clan. Although it’s a slow-burning process that doesn’t provide as fast-paced exhilarating action as battles do, it can wield very fruitful results! For example players can cultivate relationships with nearby clans and tribes to ensure they won’t take up arms or join enemy armies. Prolonged good relationships might allow players to assimilate tribes into their clan, thus increasing the population and sphere of influence of their fief. Alternatively, friendly tribes can contribute powerful reinforcements to the player’s army!
Good diplomatic relationships with other lords can also lead to forging longer lasting alliances, or coalition armies against a common enemy.
Additionally, diplomatic ties to the imperial court- although costly- can lead to an increase in rank through the award of nobility titles. These titles can be acquired on behalf of the clan lord, or passed on by the lord to subordinate officer to increase their loyalty and have a multitude of benefits including increase of influence and decrease in cost for various diplomatic actions.
But that’s not all – Espionage also plays a role in the Diplomacy of Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence. A true strategist doesn’t always have to play by the rules after all, and Nobunaga’s Ambition seems to give you a wealth of options to help you control Japan.
On the darker side of Diplomacy, players can assign officers to covert operations and espionage. These can include reconnaissance missions, or attempts to entice and create discontent amongst enemy officers with the ultimate goal of extracting them to their clan. Keeping officer loyalty and satisfaction at a high level is the only way to avoid NPC spies enticing officers away from the players’ clan and ensuring betrayal won’t hit from those closest to the top!
Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence releases 4th September 2015 – physically on PlayStation 4, and digital on PlayStation 3 and PC via Steam.
The full batch of screenshots are below.