Koei unites Dynasty, Samurai Warriors

Orochi Warriors to join two ancient-Asian action strategy series on 360 and PS2 on September 18.

Last month, Koei announced it would be bringing its mind-melting amalgamation of Dynasty Warriors and Namco Bandai's Mobile Suit Gundam to US shores. Adding another car to its synergistic crossover train, the publisher today announced it would be melding its two Warriors franchises into a single epic showdown, dubbed Warriors Orochi.

Koei's in-house studio Omega Force develops the Dynasty Warrior and Samurai Warrior games, so it will naturally be tasked with bringing the two together in Warriors Orochi. Its newest action strategy game will pull 77 playable characters from the other two series, and players will be able to form three-character squads to do battle with. Omega Force will also be adding a new weapon infusion mechanic into the mix, which lets players combine the attributes of various weapons to unleash more powerful attacks.

Themselves spin-offs of Koei's Romance of the Three Kingdoms games, both Warriors franchises focus on empire management and expansion in medieval Asia. Dynasty Warriors is set in ancient China, while Samurai Warriors is set in feudal Japan. The games also incorporate button-mashing-style gameplay, where players assume the role of legendary generals and play out decisive historical events or battles.

Warriors Orochi has been rated T for Teen and is slated to ship for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 2 on September 18.

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94 comments
izumokurosaki
izumokurosaki

this game looks good but it would have been better 4 ps3

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

I hope they keep the Japanese dialogue option in this game. The lack of it in all of the recent games (most notably on the X-box 360 versions) is what's kept me from buying any game after Dynasty Warriors 5 for the original X-box, and Samurai Warriors 1, also for the original X-box. I wouldn't mind -so- much if the english voice actors they got weren't so bad, but they range from mediocre to outright TERRIBLE, especially the ones in Samurai Warriors 2: Empires.

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

I hope they keep the Japanese dialogue option in this game. The lack of it in all of the recent games (most notably on the X-box 360 versions) is what's kept me from buying any game after Dynasty Warriors 5 for the original X-box, and Samurai Warriors 1, also for the original X-box. I wouldn't mind -so- much if the english voice actors they got weren't so bad, but they range from mediocre to outright TERRIBLE, especially the ones in Samurai Warriors 2: Empires.

BloodWerewolf
BloodWerewolf

Thank You, Koei. The fans have been waiting for something like this. Hey, If Capcom can take on SNK, why not Sima Yi vs Shingen Takeda?

Dills334
Dills334

Wow, Can't wait to get my hands on that.

cammonag
cammonag

SWEET , loved the other games

Sonic_Tidus
Sonic_Tidus

Really must have this And please have Japanese voice option or something

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

I completed the Japanese version already ... and i can't wait to replay it again for the US release ... please DO AWAY WITH THE ENGLISH VOICES ... ALL CRAP!

kenerhai
kenerhai

sweeeeeeeeet! My Squad: Wei Yan, Musashi Miyamoto, and a create a character. . .if it has one.

AceRampage
AceRampage

OMG! 2 of the best Button-Mashing Games on the console yet! People are just fascinated with Medieval Asia... =)

rosscero
rosscero

Better than GUNDAM -.-...that's not a great difference...beat-em-up games are so repetitive...

tidus55
tidus55

Ive always wanted a game where these to warriors franchise come together in one game.....im really excited about getting this game

overachiever92
overachiever92

This looks really cool. I've always been split between the two series, for some reason. So split that I couldn't bring myself to buy either. Which Asian beat-em-up should I pick, I wondered. With this installment, I don't even have to worry about it! As long as the execution is sound, I might just have to buy this.

ZEELIX
ZEELIX

77? thats f#cking amazing imo. 2d fighters have waht maybe 50 max. besides for those who dont buy sw2 or dw6 its a bargain.

darkness5559
darkness5559

It won't do well here, but it will sell millions in Japan

centuryslayer
centuryslayer

I honeslty think I'll pass on this one. those of you who look for improvements are better of waiting for DW6 or SW3. this is just for those who want to pit the Ro3k forces against the forces of japan. not much else to be had in this game...more characters to be blunt.

Serbine
Serbine

I hope they work really hard to make this more better than the previous ones

V-Nine
V-Nine

One last hoora for my PS2 :) .

Severe_Gamer
Severe_Gamer

Even if it doesn't come out FOR the PS3 I will be playing it ON the PS3. Woot for upscaling!

ericblue21
ericblue21

What a great news!! sounds really exciting. Can't wait for it to come out..

Sonovius
Sonovius

Ummm all of Koei's games are based on fiction. People arguing historical accuracy with magic spears is lol.

Prime05
Prime05

Who cares about historical accuracy!?! It's a friggin game! Historically you couldn't find roasted turkeys throughout a battlefield to cure sword, pike, and arrow wounds. Historically you could not unleash a musou attack on a crowd of soldiers surrounding your a$$ trying to kill you. Historically nobody has killed 1000 people with a mace in half an hour. Let it go already! It's a hack n' slash video game.

A5H19
A5H19

This would historically make no sense. You guys do know that the events in Dynasty Warriors actually did take place a really long time ago, right?

HardCor1981
HardCor1981

Booo! Why no PS3 release? Oh well, if I buy this game at least it will be cheaper than if it came out for PS3. There's always a silver lining.

kaelishida
kaelishida

to TTDog: i agree with you man. it's like they totally just want to catch the next-gen wave and make a quick buck

TTDog
TTDog

"mrbean667: Wow. Hope it will harness the power of the 360 and PS3, unlike SW2." Can't see any mention of the PS3 in the article. This sounds too much like a duff PS2 game getting a quick port and polish to 360 and we saw how sucessful that was with Spiderman 3.

langrisser2005
langrisser2005

Only 77 characters? That's not enough for a Koei Warrior game :P Cool though.

guitarfreak2005
guitarfreak2005

I don't have an X360, and my PS2 is broken. Haha... *cries* Anyway, my friend has an X360, and I hope the graphics and framerate are going to be better, and hopefully, the great "fog" and "magical appearences" will be gone. And the AI. the AI too.

Jestarius
Jestarius

I'm just glad it's on the 360, since I don't have a PS2....

mr_killer_man
mr_killer_man

Lost gamefly account and can't rent games easily now. Life sucks!

theAmaco
theAmaco

Yukimura and Zhao Yun, Lu Bu and Tadakatsu Honda. I'm speechless with awe and anticipation. Screw historical accuracy at the moment, this is a-w-e-s-o-m-e

blindsided82
blindsided82

Actually, by doing this they could do somewhat historically accurate. China did try invading Japan at one point. Sure, some of the generals present would not be very accurate to history, but the point of them two clashing is historical.

blindsided82
blindsided82

All Im hoping for is that they up the graphical ante for the 360 this time.

legs1986
legs1986

I'll have to rent it before I buy it; but definitely interested in this one

TheVinster
TheVinster

Love the Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors franchises, I'm quite hyped for this game. But here's to hoping they put a little more effort into this unique combination than they did for their previous installments. As far as what I hope to see: improved A.I., better graphics, more variety in the characters and musou attacks.

racerx737
racerx737

@ Lazygamer01 that's probably the exact reason why they're bringing the two series together. anyway this will be awesome and Im probably gonna get it, the only question is when, there are soooo many other amazing games coming out this fall.

Darkwell80
Darkwell80

Quote: Lazygamer01 "ALL THESE GAMES ARE THE FRIGGIN SAME!!! WHY DO THEY EVEN BOTHER!?!?!" I can say that all traditional sports games are the same, but people by them every year anyway. Koei games offer different content, using similar meachanics for each game. You don't get much variance in traditional sports games, but they get much praise anyway. It's a good idea to combine both series, as long as new content is added.

lWinterl
lWinterl

This doesn't seem historically acurate... .

Lazygamer01
Lazygamer01

ALL THESE GAMES ARE THE FRIGGIN SAME!!! WHY DO THEY EVEN BOTHER!?!?!

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Whats this? Yet another rehash Koei game? No way I never say this coming *cough*.

PacoLocoX
PacoLocoX

i wish they would have released this earlier. playing this and dynasty gundam might be too much of the same but i LOVE THE IDEA OF BIG HONDA vs. LUBU

asmodeus_z
asmodeus_z

There's alot of potential to the merger - however my wishlist is the re-launch of Koei's classic game like Uncharted Water, Nobunaga Ambition, etc :P