Dynasty Warriors 9 Gets a Release Window and New Trailer

The Tokyo Game Show might be in full swing, but that doesn’t mean we have no news of Japanese games coming Westward. Koei Tecmo America has announced a release window for the latest installment in one of the company’s most popular franchises, Dynasty Warriors. Dynasty Warriors 9 is set to release early 2018 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Koei Tecmo also released a new trailer to go along with the announcement:

The new trailer reveals some new environments, as well as new ways to fight. Koei Tecmo has a bit more information about it:

In addition to introducing the game’s story, characters, and locations, the trailer highlights the brand-new State Combo system. This diverse action system offers players a wide selection of options during attacks. Flow Attacks create move-set combos that differ depending on the enemy’s position and seamlessly continue when enemies become prone, are in mid-air, or stunned. Reactive Attacks are extremely versatile and can range from counterattacks, dash attacks, assaults, to guard breaks and finish moves. Trigger Attacksare powerful moves that change an enemy’s state. Attacks will change depending on the combination of buttons pressed.

We also have more information about the State Combo system and other mechanics thanks to a Famitsu translation:

The commonly known ‘mash □ button to simply attack’ method in Dynasty Warriors games is still returning in Dynasty Warriors 9. What made past games very repetitive in the past was that the □ attack would have the same attack string all the time. However, Dynasty Warriors 9 will have a new Flow Attack system, where the □ attack string will change depending on whether and which Trigger Attack has been used before the attack button is pressed.

For example, when the character uses a Trigger Attack that juggles enemies, the Flow Attack string will eventually connect to aerial attacks to follow the juggled enemies, instead of staying on the ground all the time. Famitsu also made a blurb that the simple method of combining □ with △ button for attack combos are still being kept intact.

Dynasty Warriors 9 will release in early 2018 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.