Hold your horses in tense anticipation, Dynasty Warriors 9 will be yours on February 13 2018, with the European release date being confirmed via the german press release from KOEI TECMO Europe. Bravely venturing into new territory, the classic 1 vs thousands (or hundreds of thousands if my experience of the franchise holds true), is being expanded to become an open world experience.
The game is also going to introduce a new combat mechanic called the State Combo System. This new system will allow players to perform 3 different attack styles – Trigger Attacks, Flow Attacks and Finish Attacks – each dealing progressively more damage and aiming to create a fluid combat experience.
I am curious to see how well this title translates to an open world formula. Part of what made it so easy to pick up and play before was how each chapter was a discrete unit that you could work through at your leisure. Characters swimming is not a hugely new concept but should prove an interesting addition.
What matters most is that Lu Bu is looking fiercer than ever and is sure to haunt a brand new generation of players dreams once more (particularly referencing our editor-in-chief Luke here). Just hearing the special attack sound effect made me nostalgic as hell and itching to pick this one up. (THIS IS NOT OKAY – Ed).
We’ll have more on Dynasty Warriors 9 as it gets closer to launch.