One of the most popular historical epochs covered by games, outside of World War II, is probably the Three Kingdoms era in Chinese history. If the name does not ring a bell, just think of the Dynasty Warriors games, which all focus on the wars and battles at this point in history. But unlike these muso-style games, which involve cutting through hundreds upon hundreds of feed enemies in simple, yet satisfying, action, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty it looks like there will be a completely different view of its depiction of these events.
Comes from Team Ninja, which has just come from the big hits in the Nioh titles, as well as other members who previously worked on Bloodborne, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty also seems to take influence from Soul’s formula, but with a large dose of the fantastic also plays a role. There are many elements about this game that have not been shown in the movies released so far, so if you are ready for a dive into ancient China, here is everything we know about Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty.
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is currently scheduled to come out sometime in early 2023. However, we can at least say that it will be before June 2023 as it was part of the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase that listed every game that was presented coming within 12 months.
Although I’ve got a big platform on the Xbox stage and will be coming to Game Pass at launch, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is not an Xbox exclusive game. It comes simultaneously on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S and PC.
The revelation trailer was shown during the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase held in June 2022. In it, we immediately jump into a bloody scene of a burning village under siege from zombie-like enemies. In a wide shot, a kite flies up from the center and cements that there will be some mysterious elements at stake here. After a mysterious old man claims to have found the bearer of the eternal Elixir field, we get a more grounded action scene of two soldiers fighting on a cliff. When one, probably the hero, falls over, he starts to glow with a yellow light. This gives him the power to launch a counterattack.
The trailer cuts to someone else who ingests some red ball that turns them into a massive hairy beast. We get one last look at the dragon and a very scary man on a horse before the trailer ends.
The official outline for Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty reads: “The story of a militia soldier fighting for survival in the chaotic three kingdoms. Set in the later Han Dynasty of the Three Kingdoms, an unnamed militia uses Chinese martial arts sword games to fight demons in a dark fantasy world. ” The reason why this setting was selected, according to the game’s producerwas that “we were looking for an environment that could work for a Nioh sequel. We had already made lots of games based on Japan’s Sengoku period, so we wanted a new environment. That’s when we came up with the idea of making a games that take place during China’s Three Kingdoms period.The years after the fall of the Han dynasty are an environment that Koei Tecmo specializes in, and also one that I personally have always been fascinated by.I am a fan of manga and anime based on that era “A game with this attitude sounded like an interesting new challenge to tackle.”
For those unfamiliar with this special environment, the game will take place during a time called the Yellow Turban Rebellion, which takes place just before the fall of the Han Dynasty. War ravages the nation, with poverty flourishing, but also new heroes stepping up to create order.
Although the trailer was cinematic, two members of the development team provided a lot of insights into how the game would play in a interview with IGN. In it, they confirmed it Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty would be another step in their soul-like game titles. Producer Fumihiko Yasuda explained, “Making it a challenging game was something we had decided on from the beginning. With all the legendary heroes from the Three Kingdoms era, it may seem tough, but in reality it was a time of war and devastation. It was a dark period when people were constantly fighting, which is a good match for a Soulslike game. “
Although they indicate that this will be their most difficult game to date, they also suggest that there will be more ways for players to expand and approach the game in their own way to overcome challenges.
Despite the recent success of FromSoftware, the open world, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty will remain in the level-based structure for linear levels found in Nioh. But unlike these games, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty will not be as change-focused. You will still have a range of weapons to acquire and switch between, but will not constantly upgrade, sell and scrap weapons and armor sets.
The fight will be based on true, traditional Chinese martial arts that emphasize graceful movements and allow you to seamlessly switch between offensive and defensive movements. It is intended that it should also be more realistic, with fewer exaggerated features. A new mechanic is the moral system, which was not given much detail except that both the player and the enemies will have it and it will open up new strategies for the genre. We know you will gain morale by defeating strong opponents and losing it at death.
Speaking of death, dying will apparently also affect how strong your character is, but also how strong the enemies are.
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty will also include a custom character you create, which was the case in Nioh 2, which makes sense since the game describes the main character as simply “an unnamed militia soldier”, suggesting that they were not important before the events of the game. Wo Long, by the way, is not a name but actually means crouching dragon, which is meant to symbolize a hero before they become known.
If we go back to the same interview, all we know is that Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty will really have multiplayer built into it. They said it will at least have a co-op mode the same way we say it in the Nioh games, but there may be other, more PvP-style options as well. Since it’s a soul-like game, things like invasions would make sense, but it’s likely that Team Ninja would put its own spin on the mechanic.
Pre-orders are not ready yet Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, but you have two options if you want to get ahead in the game. First, this game will be available on Game Pass Day 1, which means that if you subscribe to that service, you will be able to download and play it immediately when it launches. Otherwise, right now you can also add it to yours wish list on Steam. When official pre-orders go up, along with information on different versions, we will update you.
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