Dynasty Warriors developer Omega Force is 20 years old, and Koei Tecmo is celebrating with the enxt core entry in the Dynasty Warriors series – number 9 to be exact. Dynasty Warriors 9 is a big new adjustment for the series, bringing an open world to the brawler genre for what may be the first time.
While games like Dragon Quest Heroes II have experimented with the idea of large maps leading into individual levels, Dynasty Warriors 9 appears to be diving headfirst into a full open world, AAA style. The newly-launched official website states, “for the first time in the series, the expansive land of China is shown on a single map with the introduction of an open world format for diverse progression through the game.”
There’s some buzzword fluff in there, but it also seems to be suggesting the whole game will take place on an open world map representing all of China. That sounds incredibly ambitious for a game in this series, which has long struggled with technical issues as it continues to shoot for a stable framerate and ever-increasing number of on-screen enemies.
Beyond the open world, Dynasty Warriors 9 also advertises a new “State Combo System,” which supposedly restructures the flow of Dynasty Warriors combat. Systems involved are called Trigger Attack, Flow Attack and Finish Attack, which are new ways to start, continue and end combos respectively. “Interactive Action” is also a new set of features designed around the new open world design. Characters can now scale terrain, swim, use grappling hooks, shoot explosive barrels and other unannounced environmental interactions.
Dynasty Warriors 9 appears to be a ways off without a release date, but for now, it’s intriguing to see how much structural change seems to be in place. For more info, including some initial roster updates and the announcement trailer, check out the link below.
Source: Koei Tecmo