Dynasty Warriors 20th anniversary trailer celebrates hack n’ slash series

Koei Tecmo are officially celebrating 20 years of Dynasty Warriors with a brand new trailer looking back at the series’ two-decade history.

The video takes us all the way back to 2000’s Dynasty Warriors 2 which originally launched on the PlayStation 2, right through to 2018’s Dynasty Warriors 9.

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Some of you may be sat there scratching your heads. Yes there was a Dynasty Warriors for the PS1 which released in 1997 though this isn’t considering part of the Shin Sangoku Musou franchise due to its more traditional, 2D style fighting.

For many, including myself, it was Dynasty Warriors 3 that got me into the hack n’ slash franchise, playing for hours with friends via splitscreen as we unlocked all characters, items, and weapons.

Dynasty Warriors 5 would bring me back into the series. This was followed up by DW5 Xtreme Legends and Empires, both adding new content and ways to play – Empires took the high octane battles while adding a strategic layer which had players conquering China region by region.

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.

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Although Koei may be celebrating this milestone, we’re still no closer to learning what the publisher has in store for Dynasty Warriors 10. However producer, Akihiro Suzuki, is teasing something big. Last year, Koei Tecmo also trademarked the following:

  • “Isekai Musou” (Other World Warriors)
  • “Gakuen Musou” (Academy Warriors)
  • “Tensei Musou” (Reincarnation Warriors) – Note: This is likely not Shin Megami Tensei-related, as Atlus would own the trademark, not
  • Koei Tecmo.
  • “Musou Play“
  • “Musou Mode“

Exactly what the publisher have planned remains unclear though hopefully we’ll hear more in the coming months, especially if the next Dynasty Warriors is planned as a launch title for the PlayStation 5 and potentially the Xbox Series X. Koei Tecmo recently put out a Dynasty Warriors survey asking fans what they’d want from a potential sequel.

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