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This week we'll be looking at our unique honor mechanic, and explain how your in-game actions will have a real impact on your characters progression. We've also got some tasty renders of the Tanegashima and Canon.

Posted by sam.ibbitson on Aug 27th, 2013

'Honor' is one of the cornerstones of the Bushido code. It encapsulates the essence of the Samurai warrior- noble born and respectable, an icon of chivalry that others should strive for.

Sadly, not all Samurai adhered to this strict code. In fact- some of them were right sneaky bastards that poisoned water supplies, assassinated their peers and generally sullied the same of the noble warrior (these chaps went on to become the Ninja).

Honor plays an important role in Bushido- it dictates what unlocks will become available to you and how you'll be perceived by your peers (visually by the armor and weapons you have at your disposal). Dishonorable actions will detract from your honor 'score', whilst honorable actions will add to it.Examples of dishonorable actions include:

  • Stabbing an enemy player in the back
  • Poisoning water supplies (each map objective will have an honorable or dishonorable option)
  • Team killing (there will be additional penalties for this as well...)
  • Kill stealing
  • Using weapons deemed 'dishonorable' (e.g. the Tanegashima or Kama)


We're also playing around with some more conceptual ideas such as:

  • Refusing a duel request
  • Refusing to commit Seppuku if beaten in a duel (instead of dying and going back to spawn, you'll have the option to stand back up after a recovery period)
  • Killing an incapacitated player

Examples of more honorable actions are (including some of the more conceptual ideas):

  • Accepting a duel request
  • Killing an enemy fairly in a duel
  • Helping up friendly players who are incapacitated
  • Acting as Kaishakunin (second) for a defeated opponent committing Seppuku
  • Defeating an enemy using a significantly 'weaker' weapon
  • Killing multiple enemies (fairly) within a small time frame (e.g. multi-kills)

Its worth mentioning that players wont be penalized for pursuing a dishonorable play style. In fact, if you make a conscious decision to act dishonorable then you'll be rewarded with unique weapons and armors- allowing you to develop your own way of playing the game. Players will be equally rewarded for going down the honorable route- and also for staying totally neutral.


We're still at the relatively early stages of designing this mechanic, so if you've got some feedback, let us know below...

In other news, we'll be releasing screenshots of our working Character Customization Screen and 'Dojo' level soon! Until then, be sure to follow us on Facebook/Twitter for all the latest announcements.

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ZeroComfort Aug 27 2013 says:

Very good news! Can't wait to see and hear more.

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Kieran88 Aug 30 2013 replied:


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Extradaemon Aug 27 2013 says:

Some nice idea.

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Kieran88 Aug 30 2013 replied:

Thanks :)

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Kisaraji Aug 27 2013 says:

Finally a game where I can commit sudoku.

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SakasaZeRo Aug 27 2013 replied:

sudoku lol

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Kieran88 Aug 27 2013 replied:


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Taii_Owl Aug 28 2013 replied:

You have brought great shame to your people - you MUST commit Sudoku! *Places the game on a table, and nods at you.*

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Kieran88 Aug 28 2013 replied:

lol :D

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SinisterExaggerator Aug 29 2013 replied:

Nooo not sudoku thats worse than seppuku i hate that game. Also its great that you liked my idea so much would be unique for games.

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HaydenB Aug 27 2013 says:

The Kama is dishonourable?... aww poo.

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Kieran88 Aug 30 2013 replied:

Remember that being dishonorable isn't always a negative thing, you may want more ninja looking customization unlocks if that's your style...

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sgmongo Aug 27 2013 says:

This sounds epic. Totally tracking.

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Kieran88 Aug 28 2013 replied:


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Aztecax Aug 28 2013 says:

Amazing. Cannot wait to be a Kaishakunin :D Keep up the great job.


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Kieran88 Aug 28 2013 replied:

Cheers :D

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Juffe Aug 28 2013 says:

Sounds interesting. Can't wait to see how these will work ingame.

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Kieran88 Aug 30 2013 replied:

Cheers Juffe - lol @ display pic

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flakpalak Aug 30 2013 says:

Oh a game where I have an excuse to yell "OWA MEN ARE RUNNING FROM THE BATTLEFIELD SHAMEFUR DISPRAY!" everytime I see my team fallback. FINALLY

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Kieran88 Aug 30 2013 replied:

<3 Shogun announcer

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