It’s been a while since we last had any updates on the popular Warriors franchise but it appears as if publisher Koei Tecmo is edging closer to announcing a new entry.
In this week’s Famitsu, Dynasty Warriors producer Akihiro Suzuki didn’t reveal any specific details though states that 2020 will be an important year for the series, marking its 20th anniversary. According to DualShockers he teased upcoming events and announcements this year that will please the Koei Tecmo fanbase.
Although One Piece Pirates Warriors 4 is due to launch in March, it seems unlikely that the anime spin-off sequel will soak up the majority of this celebratory spotlight. The same can be said of Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate (due out in February). However, there’s little evidence to suggest exactly what Koei Tecmo has planned for the core Warriors series.
Last August, the Japanese publisher acquired the following trademarks:
- “Isekai Musou” (Other World Warriors)
- “Gakuen Musou” (Academy Warriors)
- “Tensei Musou” (Reincarnation Warriors) – not to be confused with Shin Megami Tensei.
- “Musou Play“
- “Musou Mode“
While it’s likely we may see another crossover or mash-up with an existing IP, the talk surrounding Dynasty Warriors’ 20th anniversary hopefully points to the announcement of a sequel.
With the PS5 touching down at the end of the year, we’re likely to see a string of big game announcements over the next few months. Having Dynasty Warriors 10 tucked in amongst the console’s launch lineup doesn’t seem completely out of the question.
It’s fair to say that the most recent game in the series, Dynasty Warriors 9, didn’t go down too well with most fans. Scraping by with a 5/10 in our own review, it tried something new with its open world approach though felt vacuous while also tampering with some fan favourite characters.
After each mainline Dynasty Warriors game, we usually see it followed by an Xtreme Legends expansion, then an Empires spin-off. DW9 didn’t get that same treatment. The last numbered entry that missed an XL expansion was the similarly unpopular DW6.
On one hand, the developer’s usual XL and Empires template may not have gelled with the newest game’s open world trappings. However, it could suggest that Omega Force wanted to move on quickly, shifting its focus to Dynasty Warriors 10.
No doubt more news about the series’ future will begin to circulate following Sony’s big reveal event for the PS5.
Source: Famitsu (via DualShockers)