Koei Tecmo and Omega Force have announced that Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires will no longer be launching in early 2021 as originally intended.
Dynasty Warriors 9 is planned as a strategy spin-off for the popular series, following on from Dynasty Warriors 9. It will release on multiple platforms including PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC (via Steam).
The Japanese publisher posted the following statement on social media, confirming the delay:
Although Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires was initially announced as an early 2021 release, the team is still working hard on delivering the best game possible so we wanted to let our fans know the current situation and will announce the new launch window in future updates. We apologize for the delay and appreciate your continued support.
The statement was accompanied by a Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires screenshot, taken from an in-game cinematic with grand strategist Zhuge Liang flanked by two generals. There is no indication of how far back the game’s release date has been delayed though we’re (perhaps optimistically) hoping for a Q2 2021 launch.
Warriors fans will no doubt be frustrated at this news. Typically, each Dynasty Warriors game has been followed up by an Xtreme Legends edition as well as an Empires spin-off, since the series first dabbled in this trend with Dynasty Warriors 4.
Dynasty Warriors 9 launched more than 3 years ago with many fans eager to cleanse the bitter taste it left. Unlike more recent entries in the hack n’ slash franchise, Dynasty Warriors 9 opted for a ambitious yet flawed open world design that saw pitched battles replaced with a huge yet vacuous world map. In our review, we scored DW9 a 5 out of 10, concluding that “sadly, this isn’t the breakthrough fans were expecting. Omega Force took a pretty big risk with Dynasty Warriors 9, and while its open world integration can be seen as a small triumph, this newest entry is marred by its heavily outdated approach to combat design.
It isn’t all doom and gloom for Warriors fans, however. Samurai Warriors 5 was recently announced, signalling a reboot for Koei’s Sengoku-themed series. It has been confirmed that Samurai Warriors 5 will feature a reduced roster of 27 playable characters, all of which have undergone a visual redesign.
Source: Twitter (@KoeiTecmoUS)