One of the most popular historical eras covered in the games, outside of World War II, is quite possibly the Three Kingdoms era of Chinese history. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, consider the Dynasty Warriors games, which all focus on the wars and battles of that moment in history. However, unlike those muso-style games, which require you to take down hundreds and hundreds of fodder enemies in one simple yet satisfying action, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty it sounds like it will be a very different take on his description of those events.
Coming from Team Ninja, who just released the hits from the Nioh titles, and other members who previously worked on transmitted by blood, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty also seems to take influence from the Souls formula, although a heavy dose of fantasy also plays a role. There’s a lot about this game that isn’t shown in the images released so far, so if you’re ready for a dive into ancient China, here’s everything we know about it. Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty.
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is currently slated to release in early 2023. However, we can at least say it will arrive before June 2023 since it was part of the Xbox and Bethesda showcase that listed every game touted as coming within 12 months.
Despite getting a major platform in the Xbox scene and will be coming to Game Pass at launch, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is not an Xbox exclusive game. It will arrive simultaneously on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
The reveal 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 besieged by enemy-like enemies. zombies. In a wide shot, a dragon flies from the center, confirming that there will be mystical elements at play 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, presumably the hero, is knocked down, it begins to glow with a yellow light. This gives him the power to launch a counterattack.
The trailer cuts to someone else ingesting a red orb that turns him into a huge hairy beast. We get one last look at the dragon and a very intimidating man on a horse before the trailer ends.
The official scheme of Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty reads: “The story of a militia soldier fighting for survival in the Chaotic Three Kingdoms. Set in the Last Han Dynasty of the Three Kingdoms, an unnamed militia soldier uses Chinese martial arts swordplay to battle demons in a dark fantasy world. The reason this setting was chosen, according to the game’s producer, was that “we were looking for a setting that could work for a Nioh sequel. We had already made many games based on the Sengoku period in Japan, so we wanted a new setting. That’s when we came up with the idea of creating a game set in the Three Kingdoms era of China. The years following the fall of the Han dynasty are a setting in which Koei Tecmo specializes, and which has always intrigued me personally. I’m a fan of manga and anime based on that era. A game with this setting felt like an interesting new challenge to complete.
For those unfamiliar with this particular setting, the game will be set in a time called the Yellow Turban Rebellion, which takes place just before the fall of the Han Dynasty. War is ravaging the nation, with endemic poverty, but also new heroes mobilizing to restore order.
While the trailer was entirely cinematic, two members of the development team gave a lot of information about how the game would play in an interview with IGN. In it, they confirmed that Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty would be another step up in their Souls-like gameplay titles. Producer Fumihiko Yasuda explained, “Making this game a challenge was something we had decided from the beginning. With all the legendary heroes of the Three Kingdoms period, it may seem somewhat campy, but in reality, it was a time of war and devastation. It was a dark time when people were constantly fighting, which is a great match for a Soulslike game.
While they indicate this will be their toughest game yet, they also imply that there will be more ways for players to level up and approach the game in their own way to overcome challenges.
Despite FromSoftware’s latest open-world success, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty will remain in the level-based structure of the linear levels found in Nioh. However, unlike those games, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty won’t be as loot-focused. You’ll still have a range of weapons to obtain and trade, but you won’t be constantly upgrading, selling, and scrapping weapons and armor sets.
The fight will be based on real Chinese traditional martial arts which emphasizes graceful movements and allows you to smoothly transition from offensive to defensive moves. It’s also supposed to be more realistic, with fewer exaggerated movements. A new mechanic is the morale system, which hasn’t been given much detail except that the player and enemies will have it and it will open up new strategies for the genre. We know that you will gain morale by defeating strong opponents and lose it on death.
Speaking of dying, apparently dying will also impact your character’s strength, but also the strength of your enemies.
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty will also feature a custom character that you create, as it did in Nioh 2, which makes sense as the game describes the main character as simply “an unnamed militia soldier”, implying that he was not important before the events of the game. Wo Long, by the way, doesn’t is not a name but actually means a crouching dragon, which is meant to symbolize a hero before he was known.
Going back to that same interview, all we know is that Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty will indeed have multiplayer incorporated into it. They said it would feature at least a co-op mode the same way we say in Nioh games, but there could be other PvP style options as well. Being a souls-style game, things like invasions would make sense, but it’s likely that Team Ninja would put their own spin on the mechanic.
Pre-orders have not yet ended for Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, but you have two options if you want to get ahead. First of all, this game will be available on Game Pass on day 1, which means that if you subscribe to this service, you will be able to instantly download and play it every time you launch. Otherwise, right now you can also add it to your wishlist on Steam. Once official pre-orders increase, along with information on the various releases, we’ll be sure to keep you posted.
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