With more information expected to be announced over the coming months, publisher Koei Tecmo have confirmed that work is currently underway on Dynasty Warriors 9, the next major numbered title in what is expected to again be one of a few titles released in this ninth era series.
Dynasty Warriors 9 is currently in development by Omega Force, and is set to offer “a variety of new features, characters and content in an expansive open world environment”. They are aiming to deliver “the most immersive and ambitious DYNASTY WARRIORS experience to date”.
Once again, players will be able to work through a narrative based on China during the waning days of the Han dynasty and the emergence of the Three Kingdoms era. The story will be presented across the game’s various missions, which will intertwine to provide a multitude of perspectives. In total, 83 major characters from the Dynasty Warriors series will return, in addition to new faces. Once such confirmed newcomber is Cheng Pu, a long-term retainer who supported three generations of the Sun family, and contributed to the expansion and stability of the Wu kingdom.
This is what Koei Tecmo have had to say about the game environments:
Setting out to complete various objectives, players will utilise an unprecedented world map to navigate and traverse a variety of different landscapes ranging from vast plains to snow-covered peaks presented with dynamic day/night and weather cycles. Exploring these impressive environments is made more engaging through the ability to adapt to surroundings to gain an upper hand in battle, with players able to use equipment to circumvent obstacles or blend in to avoid conflict.
More information regarding platforms, release dates and the game’s features are expected to be unveiled over the coming months. They have however shared their first sneak peek through the screenshots below, which focus on Cheng Pu, environments and the combat.