Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires gets its first (pricey) DLC pack

Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires Review
Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires Review

Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires has received its first post-launch DLC since the game released last week.

Koei Tecmo has unveiled four downloadable content packs that are available now on all platforms including PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires DLC

Priced at £2.49 each, these DLC packs serve up some new appearance options for your custom officers in-game. These include:

Each pack contains five pieces of gear including a helmet and armour components for your chest, arms, legs, and waist. They’re fairly pricey though die-hard fans will have no doubt snapped them up already via the DW9E season pass. This entitles you to a whole range of upcoming costume packs as well as some exotic units.

Like past entries, Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires offers an Edit Mode where you can create your own characters from scratch, assigning them traits and weapon movesets before unleashing them on the campaign map. What’s particular cool about this feature is that it borrows the character editor from acclaimed action RPG, Nioh 2. Team Ninja’s suite of tools allow you to fine tune various details instead of cycling between a handful of presets.

Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires Review

In our Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires review, we scored the game a 6 out of 10:

Dynasty Warriors Empires has always been for the die-hard fans. Those who enjoy the hack n’ slash combat and love adding their own tactical twist. Those wanting to direct custom campaigns and create their own musou legend. Even if DW9 left a sour taste, there’s some solace to be found here within its repurposed carcass, though redemption may still be lost.

What’s next for the series?

Coming later this year we have two Warriors titles. These include Touken Ranbu Warriors, based on the popular Touken Ranbu online game. Hot on its heels we have another Nintendo/Koei mash-up with Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes coming to the Switch.

Looking further ahead, it’s unclear where developer Omega Force will take the Dynasty Warriors series. While it’s likely that DW10 is already in the works and will stick to a familiar formula, there’s a chance the franchise may be rebooted. Given the runaway success of Nioh, we’re hoping future games will promise a genuinely rewarding combat system as well as more RPG options.

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