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Shogun World will be for 'the true connoisseur of gore,' teases Westworld’s viral site

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Apr 3, 2018

Only a few more weeks until the return of HBO's Westworld, but the viral marketing team isn't done parsing out a few appetizers before the party really begins later this month. For instance, we finally have a hard confirmation of Shogun World, what it entails, and the proper way to spell it (the way we just did, if you were wondering). By heading over to the fully-functional Delos website, you can explore the company's goal of making people's fantasies come true. Click on the "Experiences" tab and you'll get not only an overview of Westworld, but of Shogun World as well:

"For those for whom Westworld is not enough, the true connoisseur of gore can indulge their fantasies with the slash of a katana. Modeled after Japan's Edo period, Shogun World offers a chance for guests to embrace their inner warrior, in a landscape of highest beauty and darkest horror. Let your true self take shape in the land where self-discovery is an art form."

There's also a photo of misty highlands that seem like the perfect place to fight some deadly samurai with a razor-sharp katana:

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Credit: HBO

The Edo or Tokugawa Period lasted between 1603 and 1868 in Japan when the country found itself under control of the Tokugawa shogunate. This was a historical epoch marked by an economic boom, a national policy of isolationism, social order, and a massive interest in arts and culture. Katsushika Hokusai's famous woodblock print "The Great Wave off Kanagawa" was created during the Edo Period. With the shogunate in charge, a stricter emphasis was put on social classes with the daimyō or "lords" at the top, with the warrior-caste of samurai behind them, and then the farmers, artisans, and traders at the bottom of the hierarchy.  

Another curious part of the Delos website's "Experience" section is that it has boxes for four more parks that read "Reservations Closed To The Public" and glitch out when you try to click on them. With six worlds in total, we may get to see Roman World, and Medieval World (both of which were featured in Michael Crichton's 1973 movie on which the show is based) during Season 2. The sixth one is a mystery, but here's hoping it's some sort of prehistoric dinosaur world in a nod to Crichton's Jurassic Park

Westworld rides back onto television for its second season on April 22.