units shipped within two weeks of its debut in Japan
SUNNYVALE, Calif. ¾ April 3, 2002 ¾
Capcom Entertainment today announced an August 27 launch for Onimusha 2: Samurais
Destiny, the highly anticipated sequel to Onimusha: Warlords, for the PlayStation 2
computer entertainment system. Based on this award winning, multi-million selling
blockbuster, Onimusha 2: Samurais Destiny takes the series to an entirely new level.
Major achievements include more expansive environments to explore, new character
interactions, enhanced swordplay and over twice the volume of animated movies. In a
revolutionary use of talent, Onimusha 2: Samurais Destiny "brings-to-life"
the late, famous Japanese actor, Yusaku Matsuda (known for his numerous works including
the 1989 film Black Rain) as the main character and hero, Jubei Yagyu. Onimusha 2
has been a phenomenal success in Japan, where it shipped one million units within two
weeks of its launch. This exceeds its predecessor, which achieved the same milestone in a
two month span. Onimusha 2: Samurais Destiny is currently rated RP
(rating pending) by the ESRB (Entertainment Software Review Board).
Onimusha 2 is an epic story that blends magical realism with accurate historical
accounts of 16th century Feudal Japan. It offers the most in-depth adventure in
Capcom's samurai action series. Onimusha 2: Samurais Destiny begins 10 years
following the events in Onimusha: Warlords, after Nobunaga, an infamous Japanese
warlord, has brutalized a village. Players take the role of the hero, a young warrior and
master of the Yagyu Shinkage sword fighting style, who seeks revenge against Nobunaga and
to uncover his destiny.
"The opening cinematics are even more stunning than the original masterpiece. The
game is so realistic you actually feel panic and fear as Nobunaga and his henchmen
terrorize the village," said Todd Thorson, director of marketing, Capcom
Entertainment. "Onimusha 2 will be a must-have video game for the
Onimusha aficionado and all PlayStation 2 game players. This is the first time a video
game has brought an actor back to life. The late Yusaku Matsuda was an extremely popular
actor and his presence adds a totally unique quality to Onimusha 2."
To create the vastly unique and immense world of Onimusha 2, Capcom employed the
talents of Mr. Keita Amemiya, a famous Japanese character designer, director and
illustrator to perpetuate further creativity and to bring a fresh perspective to an
already detailed universe. In addition to his creative talents, a host of other
professionals in various forms of entertainment added their expertise to the project
including those in writing, directing, character movement, special effects and motion
Onimusha 2: Samurais Destiny boasts the following features:
- Explore new and diverse environments - Outside the castle walls players will travel
around the Town of Imasho, a lively old gold rush town, the Sacred Place of the Oni Clan
over run with demons, as well as foggy canyons, hidden forests, a gold mine, caves and
- Players can simply execute a new set of sword moves called Ohgi or
esoteric fighting to execute devastating combos using a simplistic control
- Onimusha 2 will feature twice the amount of CG story line movies. Capcom has employed
the talents of live-action movie actors to add facial and movement realism as well as an
actual stage director to ensure overall realism and continuity.
- Revolutionary character interaction Players can gain access to the new fighting
skills of not only the main character but up to four unique sub-characters.
- Features world-renowned music from composer Taro Iwashiro.
- Epic story blends magical realism with accurate historic accounts
- The most epic adventure in Capcoms samurai action series.