Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires to Launch on 15th February 2022 within Europe

KOEI TECMO Europe have recently announced that the latest entry in the Dynasty Warriors franchise, known as Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires, will be making its way to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S | X and Windows PC on 15th February 2022 across Europe. A Special Edition will also be available through the KOEI TECMO Europe Store.

As explained by KOEI TECMO Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires will feature the iconic 1 vs 1,000 gameplay that fans enjoy, but will be expanded upon with the inclusion of tactical elements, character trust and Photo Mode functionality.

DYNASTY WARRIORS 9 Empires adds tactical elements to the 1 vs. 1,000 action of KOEI TECMO’s revered DYNASTY WARRIORS series, enabling gamers to use the Politics System to their advantage in order to achieve greatness throughout their quest to conquer the map. In order to strengthen the military through the use of politics, players will be able to execute domestic affairs commands in order to procure the resources necessary for battles, such as gold, food, and troops. Players will also be able to recruit and hire new officers by conducting political commands, stealing valuable officers like Zhang He from a rival kingdom. Different from DW8 Empires, however, is the fact that only officers whom players assign to a certain town can participate in an invasion battle from or a defensive battle at that town, therefore, it will be more effective to recruit as many officers as possible in order to gain an advantage.

Earning the trust of these officers is also vitally important. When players have earned the trust of officers, officers will propose a variety of secret plans while players are preparing for battle. If players use the secret plan an officer suggests, they can further increase the trust of that officer. This trust pays off on the battlefield, as typically during battle, players can only give orders directly to officers who are lower in rank. However, if they have earned enough trust, players can then give orders to officers who are higher in rank. Ally officers will also conduct commands. If players execute the same command of an officer, they can activate a coordination bonus. The higher the trust, the greater the effect, and special conversations can be activated. 

In addition, a new strategic element, ‘territory stroll’, has been implemented, enabling players to explore China while at the same time deepening relationships with officers. By interacting with officers, players will be able to earn their trust, seeing a different side of each character through interactions that include dining and fulfilling special requests. Players will also be able to recruit unaffiliated officers during strolls, and there are special unaffiliated officers that can be recruited only after the player has taken a stroll. While strolling, players will even be able to take photos in the familiar DW9 Photo Mode, allowing fans to designate everything from camera angles and time of day to the weather in every breath-taking shot. 

Adding to the heightened look of the characters throughout Photo Mode and beyond is the new ability to layer armour on top of clothing in the character editor. Previously, armour and clothes were of one set, and there were separate informal clothes. However, in DYNASTY WARRIORS 9 Empires, armour can now be placed on top of clothes, meaning that, in battle, officers will wear armour, but depending on the setting, armour can be removed and informal clothes can be seen in special events such as a stroll or a wedding.

Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires will be available from 15th February 2022 within Europe for all major platforms. A Special Edition, which will contain 20th anniversary character artbook, a pack of 94 character cards with a display stand, the game’s soundtrack, and a copy of DYNASTY WARRIORS 9 Empires, all packaged into a Dynasty Warriors themed collector’s box, will be available from the KOEI TECMO Europe Store. Further details relating to this edition will be shared at a later date.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has produced content for ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.

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