Previously an AI-only force, the Otomo Clan has been expanded into a fully-featured playable faction in Shogun 2's latest DLC pack.
From the press release: "As the clan that welcomed Portuguese traders and missionaries into Japan, the Otomo gain easy access to modern gunpowder weapons and major bonuses to the spread of Christianity. In addition, their relations with the west enable them to lease land to the Portuguese and raise war-funds with remarkable speed."
What this boils down to is a selection of new units and buildings, along with a clan trait that embodies their Christian zeal.
Clan Trait: Master Gunners
- Can Recruit Cheaper Gunpowder Units (-10%)
- Missionary Actions Are Cheaper (-15%)
- Improved Conversion to Clan Religion (+2)
- Faster Import Of Matchlock Ashigaru Units (-3)
- Portugese Tercos (foot, Ranged, Melee)
Armed with matchlock rifles and swords, clad in iron breastplates and Spanish Morion helmets, the Tercos can lay down withering hails of fire, and give a solid performance in melee.
- Otomo Donderbuss Cavalry (mounted, Ranged)
Mounted troops armed with the fearsome, fluted Donderbuss rifle – the forerunner of the modern shotgun. These ranged units can be swiftly positioned to gouge at an enemy’s flanks, or punch the wind out of his cavalry charges before they even arrive.
- Otomo Matchlock Ashigaru (foot, Ranged)
Armed with matchlock arquebuses to unleash massed volleys of long-range gunfire upon the enemy, these units fight with religious fervour, which increases the accuracy of their fire and enables them to reload at a faster rate than standard Matchlock Ashigaru.
- Otomo Matchlock Samurai (foot, Ranged, Melee)
With their accurate volleys of rifle-fire, Otomo Matchlock Samurai are ideal at weakening enemy units before a charge. Benefitting from their Samurai training, they fire with greater accuracy and reload more swiftly than their Ashigaru brethren.
- Otomo Matchlock Kobaya (naval, Ranged)
A very light and fast ship carrying a small detachment of musket-armed soldiers whose Christian fervour and familiarity with matchlocks enables them to shoot more accurately and reload at a faster rate than standard Matchclock-bearing Kobaya.
- Leased land
One building slot per city can be handed over to Portuguese control for them to do with as they wish. In return, the clan gains a large amount of money, enabling it to ramp up its war efforts at pace.
- A new subchain of Jesuit buildings (Hospital - Jesuit Seminary - Jesuit College) replaces the Chapel building subchain (Mission - Church - Cathedral):
Each building will progressively aid the conversion of the Japanese to Christianity, increase unit replenishment, economic growth and the happiness of the Christian populace. They will also progressively improve the rate at which the arts are mastered and allow a besieged army in the same castle town to hold out for longer.
The Otomo Clan pack is set for a November 30th release on Steam. There's a 10% pre-order discount.