Way of the Samurai 4 slices and dices onto PSN on August 21st

XSEED Games is releasing Way of the Samurai 4 onto the PlayStation Network in the very near future… about 3 weeks to be a little more exact.

The 4th game in the quasi-historical samurai adventure title will set you back $39.99 when it launches on August 21st in North America. As expected, the game features the original Japanese voices with English sub-titles.

Take a look at some new screens and read on for the press release for more details.

Way of the Samurai 4 screens:

XSEED Games, an independent-minded publisher, is pleased to announce today that the open-world action title, Way of the Samurai 4, will be released in North America as a digital download on PlayStation Network on August 21 at a price of $39.99, exclusively for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system. The latest entry in the popular long-running series, Way of the Samurai 4 takes players on a journey through post-isolationist Japan, allowing them to choose an allegiance in the midst of an ongoing power struggle between three competing factions. Fans can check out the game?s all-new website at: www.wayofthesamurai4.com

Set in post-isolationist Japan, Way of the Samurai 4 offers a unique way to experience an era that forever changed a nation. The era?s cultural landscape offers countless opportunities for the ambitious, and players are thrown into this world as a r?nin (masterless samurai) looking to make a name for himself. Taking their place in the overall power struggle, players will be given the choice to align themselves with one of three factions: the shogunate pro-governmental forces, the nationalistic isolationists and the growing foreign powers, and their loyalty and interaction with each of the three factions will shape the story towards one of ten possible different endings.

Offering an unprecedented range of customization, Way of the Samurai 4 allows players to create their own samurai however they see fit. Nothing, from the most historically-accurate robes to more modern designs to the downright bizarre, is out of reach. Once set loose in the world, players are free to do as they wish, whether it be accepting missions to further the game?s story, shopping for new items and weapons or challenging other samurai in battle. A unique online feature allows the uploading and downloading of player characters to roam in other players? games as a computer-controlled assassin to challenge and defeat in order to receive that character?s equipped spoils. The original Japanese voice-overs have been left intact, heightening realism, and will be accompanied by English sub-titles.

Developed by ACQUIRE and published by Spike in Japan, Way of the Samurai 4 will be released in North America by XSEED Games on August 21 on the PlayStation 3 system as a digital release on the PlayStation Store. More information is available at the newly launched product website atwww.wayofthesamurai4.com