For those of you who haven’t yet experienced the glory of a Koei Tecmo game of this style, Dynasty Warriors 9 is the latest in a long line of bombastic retellings of the story of the Three Kingdoms in China and the surrounding conflict. While the game’s story is based on real historical events, the gameplay features supernatural strength and abilities in its characters similar to films in the wuxia genre like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero. You can get a good idea of what the gameplay will be like by having a gander at the Action Trailer released earlier this year in September:
The story of Dynasty Warriors 9 begins with the Yellow Turban Rebellion (a revolt of peasants against the Han dynasty) and progresses through ten distinct chapters. The game features dozens of characters, with all 83 characters from Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires confirmed as returning alongside new additions for this latest game. This will also be the first time that the franchise will be utilizing an open world style of gameplay, affording players the opportunity to roam around China and even encounter officers from the various factions in casual dress rather than their typical flashy battlefield armor.
Dynasty Warriors 9 will be heading to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on February 13, 2017, in North America and Europe. No price has been officially announced, but the game is currently up for pre-order on Amazon [Affiliate Link] for $59.99 on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can learn more about the game by heading on over to its official website.
How do you think Dynasty Warriors 9 is shaping up as a game? Do you think it will be able to live up to the legacy of its predecessors in the franchise and the genre as a whole? What’s your favorite thing about these games? Let us know in the comments below!