Dynasty Warriors 9 First Screenshots Revealed

Koei Tecmo also confirms a Western release for the title.

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Koei Tecmo has confirmed a worldwide release for Dynasty Warriors 9, the latest entry in the long-running hack-and-slash series. While the publisher didn't specify on what platforms the game will appear, the most recent issue of Famitsu revealed it'll be launching in Japan for PS4.

Dynasty Warriors 9 is a marked shift from earlier Dynasty Warriors titles. For the first time in the series, the game trades stage-based battles for an open-world setting. The title still features the large-scale "one-versus-thousands" clashes the series is known for, only now battles unfold at different areas of the map depending on the time period.

The game also introduces a number of new mechanics to the gameplay, such as context-sensitive actions that vary depending on your surroundings; for example, players can use a grappling hook to climb when near walls or mountains. Koei Tecmo has confirmed that all 83 playable characters from previous Dynasty Warriors games return in Dynasty Warriors 9, alongside a selection of new fighters.

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Koei Tecmo has also updated the official Dynasty Warriors 9 website with a gallery of screenshots that showcase the game's open-world setting, which you can take a look at below:

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Koei Tecmo hasn't announced a release date for Dynasty Warriors 9. According to the developers, the game is roughly 40% complete.

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