It wasn’t too long ago that KOEI Tecmo made a dramatic lead up to announce their next official instalment to their horse racing simulation series; Winning Post 9. A series that is madly popular in Japan but however isn’t seen the same outside of the region. Known as G1 Jockey / Champion Jockey in the West, this is the first time KOEI Tecmo has released a new numbered title in the series for some time (with 8 just getting yearly updates with the year in question tacked on).
Now KOEI Tecmo Japan have announced that the title will be releasing on March 14th, arriving alongside Samurai Warriors 4 DX. As with the latter no news of any western localisation has come to be, but due to it being region free it will be importable for those who really want to scratch that horse racing itch.
Winning Post 9 releases in Japan for Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam.
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Last week we revealed that Winning Post 9 was the game teased by KOEI Tecmo Japan. Coming from the mind of Kou Shibusawa Productions, the highly anticipated (in Japan at least) racing series returns in full form. Since the announcement more information has come out about the title along with a teaser trailer showing some ingame footage.
You can check out some highlights pointed out below:
–Racing scenes have dramatically evolved.
–The bonding element between jockey and horse has turned into commands.
–“World Suitability” is a new element that displays breed suitability in Japan, America, and Europe.
–In Rival Showdowns where enemies are also backed by strategies, the racehorses’ fighting spirits will fluctuate depending on the outcome.
–“Rival Showdowns” are showdowns such as Mejiro McQueen vs. Tokai Teio that show the scenes and rival trends of the battle, and include new elements like fighting spirit.
–Rivals are not limited to horses. Unique characters will also appear.
–Horse owners, animal trainers, and jockeys will all appear as part of the rival camp. Use bond commands to secure your victory.
The official website has also been updated with news issues adding further details on what the game will offer and how it will play. For those non Japanese reading folk, Google Translate does a decent job in having you covered. You can find the four (as of time of writing) issues here!
The game though unlikely to make it’s way to the West, will be releasing March 2019 for PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam. The former two you’ll be able to import the game for due to region free, while Steam naturally being a digital storefront will be easy to access from. It is unknown if any form of English support will be featured however.
Here is the teaser trailer as well:
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Earlier in the week KOEI Tecmo Japan stuck up an ominous teaser page along with the quote “The Fated Battle Begins”. This got a lot of chins wagging on what it could be, especially with “Fated Battle” often being associated with the Samurai Warriors franchise – which we know is currently in development on it’s 5th instalment. However it has now been revealed (thanks to Famitsu) that the teaser was for KOEI Tecmo’s horse racing simulation series Winning Post.
As you can see in the picture above, the teaser image has also been updated with two horses giving each other the death stare. Winning Post 9 will be coming to PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC next year in Japan.
The likelyhood of this title making it’s way westward is rather slim, as we haven’t had anything from the series since Champion Jockey for PS3/360/Wii back in 2011. However as usual the game will be freely able to be imported thanks to the region free consoles they’ll be arriving on.
So yeah conqueror’s out there, back to our daily routines. This here isn’t for us westerners.
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