|“||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.||”|
Shōgunworld is one of Delos Destinations , Inc. parks - a 'sister park' to Westworld. An "SW" logo is seen in "The Bicameral Mind" when Maeve, Felix, Hector and Armistice flee to a section/area that appears similar to the Behavioral levels within the Westworld Mesa Hub. Two feudal Japanese warrior hosts are rehearsing actions under the supervision of a Behavior technician, and they take no notice of the fugitives. Other hosts stand by passively. Manufacturing technicians and manufacturing stations with circular frames are also visible in the background of the scene.
It should be noted that the content seen in the "SW" section/area is not a park. It contains hosts and a logo that may be for either an existing park, or a park still in the development stages.
It is unclear where the new park may be located, if it exists at all yet. The topographical map in the Westworld control room seems to only display the Westworld park.
It's been confirmed, by pre-season 2 publicity material, that Westworld is not the only park. But there were clues, well before then, that hinted at it:
- Lee Sizemore is seen at Westworld's Monorail Platform in the episode "The Bicameral Mind", talking to Charlotte Hale. He wants to be Ford's replacement and says: "I want full creative control over this place: the parks, the narratives, the hosts."
- In "The Bicameral Mind", Felix gives Maeve a note with the location of her daughter: Park 1 Sector 15 Zone 3. Westworld could very well be "Park 1".
- In "Trace Decay" the Man in Black says Westworld isn't the only world he owns. He could be referring to the outside world, or he could be referring to other Delos Destinations parks.
In a leaked script, which appears to have been prepared for the Emmy awards, the term Shogun World is used. The pdf of the script is below.
In an Entertainment Weekly interview Nolan speaks of his love of Samurai movies. A few Samurai films have been remade into Westerns. Western film director, Sergio Leone, based the "man with no name" in A Fistful of Dollars on the main character in Akira Kurosawa's movie, Yojimbo. (Sanjuro is a sequel with the same unnamed main character).
In the Entertainment Weekly interview, Nolan incorrectly states that Sergio Leone made films based on "The Seven Samurai and The Magnificent Seven". The truth is that director Akira Kurosawa created Seven Samurai (1954), and John Sturges directed an adaptation of Kurosawa's film (The Magnificent Seven').
Concept of Multiple Parks
The idea of multiple-parks comes from Michael Crichton's 1973 film Westworld. In the opening scene of that film, Ed Ramsey describes the theme park (named Delos) as containing three worlds: "Medieval World, Roman World, and, of course, Westworld."
Medieval and Roman World are shown briefly during the 1973 film. The film's protagonist flees from the gunslinger robot through Westworld, and then makes his way into Roman World and finally Medieval World.