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Dynasty Warriors 9
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Developer(s): Omega Force
Publisher(s): Koei Tecmo
Digital Touch (Korea only)
Release Date: PlayStation 4/Xbox One Version
Flag of Japan/Flag of the Peoples Republic of China.svg/Flag of Republic of China/Flag of South Korea: February 8, 2018
Flag of the United States.svg/European flag: February 13, 2018

Steam Version

Flag of the United States.svg/European flag/Flag of South Korea/Flag of Brazil: February 13, 2018
Genre: Hack and slash
Game Modes: Single player
Ratings: Cero: CERO B Rating
ESRB: Rating US-Teen
PEGI: PEGI 16 Rating
Platform(s): PlayStation 4,
Xbox One (EU and US only),
Windows (Steam)

Dynasty Warriors 9 (真・三國無双8, Shin Sangoku Musou 8) is the ninth main entry of the Dynasty Warriors series. It was first teased by Kou Shibusawa at 2016 PlayStation Press Conference in Japan and formally revealed during Koei's web program Koei-Tecmo Greatest Ever Line Up Special on December 17, 2016.

Akihiro Suzuki returns as producer and Atsushi Miyauchi returns as director. Suzuki has stated that the theme for this title is "renewal", as the development team strove to refresh the one-man superhero experience from the ground up. The change to open world was done to "capture the atmosphere" of Ancient China, so he stresses that the maps may not be 100% historically accurate. One design element that seeks to appeal to the open world element was an increase in realism throughout the game. However, Suzuki remarked that real Chinese martial arts and fantasy have been carefully balanced with respect to weapon movesets; series' fans can still enjoy certain familiar and unorthodox attacks in each moveset. Suzuki remarked that the new "State Combo" attack system in this game was done to refresh the series's concept of "simple to execute yet deep action" while simultaneously trying to appeal to players who aren't experienced in action games.

A Mandarin dub is available for the Chinese port, as well as all home console versions of the game. Suzuki remarked that it was something he had always wanted to do, and it was only made possible recently. He is pleased to have personally seen the positive and boisterous response from Chinese audiences during his stage appearances.

Out of house character designs were done by Kiyohisa Kuroda, Shion Karakuri, Hitowa, Shikimi, Ebila, Shinobu Takayama, Kouto Betten, Toinana, AZ Pt, and himiko.

The Treasure Box edition includes an original soundtrack, a set of character clear cards, and an illustration book. The Omega Force 20th Anniversary Ikki Tousen box contains the aforementioned bonuses plus a set of weapon keychains. The Gamecity Set adds character karuta cards and eight character clear cards that are distinct from the boxed editions. Whoever gets the Digital Deluxe edition shall receive the season pass for all of the normally scheduled DLC, a bundled materials set, a set dedicated to hideouts with ten furniture and a scenario, and three weapons exclusive to this purchase. Select European and Taiwanese outlets are offering a steel box case with pre-orders. Taiwanese pre-orders also include two random cards that can be Guan Yinping, Diaochan, Wang Yuanji, or Lu Lingqi rendered in bathing outfits.

GameplayEdit

  • Following in the footsteps of Toukiden 2, this game will be the first open world entry for the series. Players will be able to explore the full scope of the battlefield and visit nearby cities or towns. The map has over ten unique cities where items and other services may be purchased. Traveling from one side of China to the other side takes about three hours.
    • "Interactive Actions" allow for quicker transportation across the terrain and interaction with the terrain. These actions include swimming, using grappling hooks to climb taller obstacles (R1'), and riding boats for quicker travel. All characters can dodge-roll, double-jump, and wall jump. All three deplete stamina. Accessories are available that increase the number of jumps a character can do and when they can be performed.
    • While traveling between cities, players may come across hostile tribes, animals, or heavily-guarded supply units. Engaging them may grant numerous benefits. Formidable opponents can be randomly encountered while wandering. They can either be powerful human foes or various rare animals whom drop greater amounts of loot if they are defeated.
    • Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada-day and night cycle is implemented. Weather changes in real time during battles and may hamper the enemy's awareness.
    • Tea shops can provide meals that may heal or provide various stat buffs to the player character, depending on the dish. Ingredients for the meals are dropped from enemies or collected from the field through hunting/fishing. Fishing includes special lures to improve the player's catch. Land animals can be caught through different grades of traps.
    • Series characters can be spotted in casual clothing in the cities within their respective regions.
  • Players can purchase hideouts across China. Once purchased, player characters can invite friendly series characters to their hideout. If they accept, unique conversations can be unlocked.
    • Furniture can be purchased at the trader or ancient coin collector in towns. Ancient coin collectors require a rare coins separate from standard gold. Selections at either store are randomized each visit.
    • Each piece of furniture can customize a hideout to be purely decorative or to serve specific functions. If the player so desires, hideouts can provide a place to cook meals, develop tools, change character outfits, listen to music, review artwork, and/or sleep to recover health and change in-game time.
  • Missions are categorized into three types: normal (white and yellow scrolls), critical (red scroll), and request (sweat mark). Completing any missions that are not essential to Story Mode rewards ingredients that are necessary for creating weapons. Completing scroll missions that are not the main mission will help lower the difficulty of the main mission.
  • Characters are granted three stat points when they level up, which the player can then allocate to any of the character's stats. Changes are permanent. Stat points are not shared across characters, and are specific to each character.
  • Ranks are assigned to characters on top of their standard levels. Higher ranks affects the options available to a character at the blacksmith and the renumeration that they can receive from quests. Advanced ranked characters can earn recipes to create stronger weapons.
  • Charges have been replaced with a new system:
Flow Attacks (Square): Basically this game's version of the Square string. Quick, normal attacks that can be performed without any special conditions. The Flow Attack string will change depending on an enemy's state: they are different for when enemies are standing, enemies are in the air, enemies are stunned, or when enemies are knocked down. This results in a total of 4 different Flow Attack strings per character.
Reactive Attacks (Tri): Situational attacks that rely on particular timing and positioning between player characters and enemies. A button prompt will appear above an enemy's head when a Reactive Attack can be performed.
Separating Attacks: When enemies are approaching, create a distance between you and the enemies. Will sometimes stun enemies.
Smash Attacks: Smash airborne enemies down to the ground.
Dash Attacks: Allows you to close in on faraway enemies. Also allows you to pursue enemy that have been sent flying.
Guard Break: Breaks an enemy's guard when they are blocking.
Counter Attacks: Counter an enemy's powerful attack. If successful, you will become temporarily invincible.
Assault Attacks: Deal massive amounts of damage to enemies that haven't noticed the player character sneaking up on them.
Finish Attacks: Deliver a finishing blow after reducing a large portion of an enemy's health.
Trigger Attacks: Powerful attacks that affect an enemy's state if successfully landed. Can lead into Flow Attack follow-ups.
R1 + Square: temporarily stuns enemies.
R1 + Tri: launches enemies into the air.
R1 + X: knocks enemies down.
Special Attacks (R1 + Circle): Powerful elemental attacks that are unique to each character. After performing one, the player cannot perform another one until the cooldown ends. The cooldown time can be reduced by landing consecutive attacks without taking damage or by successfully executing Counter Attacks or Finish Attacks.
  • Musou attacks can preformed on the ground or in the air. They are an amalgam of a character's previous Musou animations with traits from older titles.
  • Bow attacks return (down on the directional pad to initiate). Camera is now third-person, and arrows can be used to detonate oil cans from afar. Various types of arrows can also be collected.
  • Weapons can be drawn or withdrawn at will in the field (L3). Combo-switching between weapons has been removed, and characters can only wield one weapon at a time. However, characters are still able to freely equip any weapon in the game through the pause menu.
  • Characters have unique Flow Attack finishers and a unique Trigger Attack, or "Unique Attacks", with their favorite weapon (starred weapon).
  • Weapon levels are simplified to three standard tiers: Lower, Middle, and Upper. They can be upgraded by assembling ingredients and visiting a city's blacksmith.
  • Gems can be equipped onto weapons to alter their effects. Aside from adding elemental effects and passive benefits to attacks, gems may add alternative stats and effects to a character's Trigger and React Attacks.
  • Stronger weapons can only be created at the blacksmith, and the player must search for the scrolls to craft them. Scrolls and materials for these stronger weapons all require completing specific conditions.
  • Horse whistle is now L2. Mounts can be purchased at city stables or earned by completing special events. Horses gain levels by running long distances or by knocking enemies over as they sprint; they have their own parameters available for customization.
  • Downloadable content includes scenarios, characters, costumes, and weapons.

ModesEdit

Story ModeEdit

Mission-based like most other open world games. Thirteen chapters. Follows historical events and Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Dynasty Warriors 4 mechanic of secondary objectives affecting the difficulty of the final confrontation is in effect. Players regain the freedom of ignoring secondary missions and charging straight towards the primary objective(s) for ending a battle. Clearing this mode is necessary to unlock characters and upgrade existing features of the game.

Characters will only be playable in this mode within their historically noted lifetime and up to their last recorded battle (if applicable).

Free ModeEdit

Allows players to play as any of their unlocked characters in any time zone or faction that they have cleared in Story Mode. Individual characters' stories that emphasize the Dynasty Warriors characterizations are included in this mode. Not all of them will end with a character's historical death.

ContinueEdit

Continue from latest save point.

GalleryEdit

Movies, character/item models, sounds, wallpapers.

EncyclopediaEdit

Glossary for figures, events, and battles.

OptionsEdit

Difficulty setting and sound options.

CharactersEdit

PlayableEdit

Newcomers are in bold.

Wei Wu Shu Jin Other
Xiahou Dun
Dian Wei
Zhang Liao
Cao Cao
Xu Zhu
Xiahou Yuan
Xu Huang
Zhang He
Cao Ren
Cao Pi
Zhenji
Pang De
Cai Wenji
Jia Xu
Wang Yi
Guo Jia
Yue Jin
Li Dian
Yu Jin
Xun Yu
Cao Xiu
Man Chong
Xun You
Zhou Yu
Lu Xun
Sun Shangxiang
Gan Ning
Sun Jian
Taishi Ci
Lu Meng
Huang Gai
Zhou Tai
Ling Tong
Sun Ce
Sun Quan
Xiaoqiao
Daqiao
Ding Feng
Lianshi
Lu Su
Han Dang
Zhu Ran
Cheng Pu
Xu Sheng
Zhao Yun
Guan Yu
Zhang Fei
Zhuge Liang
Liu Bei
Ma Chao
Huang Zhong
Wei Yan
Guan Ping
Pang Tong
Yueying
Jiang Wei
Xingcai
Liu Shan
Ma Dai
Guan Suo
Bao Sanniang
Xu Shu
Zhang Bao
Guan Xing
Guan Yinping
Fa Zheng
Zhou Cang
Sima Yi
Sima Shi
Sima Zhao
Deng Ai
Wang Yuanji
Zhong Hui
Zhuge Dan
Xiahou Ba
Guo Huai
Jia Chong
Zhang Chunhua
Wen Yang
Xin Xianying
Diaochan
Lu Bu
Dong Zhuo
Yuan Shao
Zhang Jiao
Meng Huo
Zhurong
Zuo Ci
Chen Gong
Lu Lingqi

Unique NPCsEdit

Playable through DLC.

Differences between portsEdit

  • Steam users can receive the first print costumes for free if they have purchased the game within the first two months of its release date. Graphic settings can be 4K compatible. Chinese and Japanese language settings initially caused the game to crash until a later update.

TrophiesEdit

PS Icon Xbox Icon Name Unlock Method Type Xbox Points
DW9 Trophy 1 DW9 Achievement 1 True Warrior of the 3 Kingdoms Obtain all other trophies. Platinum 90
DW9 Trophy 2 DW9 Achievement 2 Flowers Amidst the Chaos Unlock all of the officers. Gold 80
DW9 Trophy 3 DW9 Achievement 3 The Pinnacle of Might Earn a total of 100,000 KOs. Gold 80
DW9 Trophy 4 DW9 Achievement 4 Veteran Master Raise an officer to the highest level. Silver 30
DW9 Trophy 5 DW9 Achievement 5 Unrivaled Warrior Raise an officer's attack power to 900. Silver 30
DW9 Trophy 6 DW9 Achievement 6 Winged Equine Raise a horse to the highest level. Silver 30
DW9 Trophy 7 DW9 Achievement 7 Golden Palace Earn a total of 90,000 gold. Silver 30
DW9 Trophy 8 DW9 Achievement 8 The Ties that Bind Us Form a bond at the maximum level with 20 officers. Silver 30
DW9 Trophy 9 DW9 Achievement 9 Thronged with Visitors Obtain 10 hideaways. Silver 30
DW9 Trophy 10 DW9 Achievement 10 Legend of Wei Complete the story of Wei. Silver 30
DW9 Trophy 11 DW9 Achievement 11 Legend of Wu Complete the story of Wu. Silver 30
DW9 Trophy 12 DW9 Achievement 12 Legend of Shu Complete the story of Shu. Silver 30
DW9 Trophy 13 DW9 Achievement 13 Legend of Jin Complete the story of Jin. Silver 30
DW9 Trophy 14 DW9 Achievement 14 Storyteller Complete the stories of the kingdoms other than Wei, Wu, Shu, and Jin. Silver 30
DW9 Trophy 15 DW9 Achievement 15 Master of the Hunt Earn a total of 5,000 hunting points. Silver 30
DW9 Trophy 16 DW9 Achievement 16 Extensive Knowledge Unlock all battle entries in the Encyclopedia. Silver 30
DW9 Trophy 17 DW9 Achievement 17 Wanderlust Discover 75% of the locations in the game. Silver 30
DW9 Trophy 18 DW9 Achievement 18 Sun Piercer Defeat 1,000 enemies with bow attacks. Silver 30
DW9 Trophy 19 DW9 Achievement 19 Vandal Destroy 100 structures. Silver 30
DW9 Trophy 20 DW9 Achievement 20 A Gathering of Heroes Unlock 45 officers. Bronze 10
DW9 Trophy 21 DW9 Achievement 21 Helter-Skelter Complete a mission within 1 minute. Bronze 10
DW9 Trophy 22 DW9 Achievement 22 One Warrior vs. a Thousand Defeated 1,000 enemies in a single battle. Bronze 10
DW9 Trophy 23 DW9 Achievement 23 Equestrian Defeat 1,000 enemies while mounted on a horse. Bronze 10
DW9 Trophy 24 DW9 Achievement 24 Sure Shot Defeat 100 enemies with bow attacks. Bronze 10
DW9 Trophy 25 DW9 Achievement 25 Sword Brandisher Defeat 100 enemies with assault attacks. Bronze 10
DW9 Trophy 26 DW9 Achievement 26 Storm and Stress Achieve a 1,000 hit combo. Bronze 10
DW9 Trophy 27 DW9 Achievement 27 Like a Bird Juggle an enemy in the air for 5 seconds. Bronze 10
DW9 Trophy 28 DW9 Achievement 28 Smasher Defeat a powerful enemy. Bronze 10
DW9 Trophy 29 DW9 Achievement 29 Traveler Discover 35% of the locations in the game. Bronze 10
DW9 Trophy 30 DW9 Achievement 30 Interior Decorator Obtain 10 pieces of furniture. Bronze 10
DW9 Trophy 31 DW9 Achievement 31 Collector Obtain 20 gems. Bronze 10
DW9 Trophy 32 DW9 Achievement 32 A Brush with Expertise Obtain a high-class weapon. Bronze 10
DW9 Trophy 33 DW9 Achievement 33 Master of the Martial Arts Obtain 30 weapons. Bronze 10
DW9 Trophy 34 DW9 Achievement 34 Nimble Fingers Perform synthesis 100 times. Bronze 10
DW9 Trophy 35 DW9 Achievement 35 Sworn Friends Form a bond at the maximum level with another officer. Bronze 10
DW9 Trophy 36 DW9 Achievement 36 Hideaway Obtain a hideaway. Bronze 10
DW9 Trophy 37 DW9 Achievement 37 Epicure Eat 100 meals. Bronze 10
DW9 Trophy 38 DW9 Achievement 38 Fisher Catch 30 items while fishing. Bronze 10
DW9 Trophy 39 DW9 Achievement 39 Steady Worker Obtain 30 items by using box traps. Bronze 10
DW9 Trophy 40 DW9 Achievement 40 Sightseer Discover a scenic area. Bronze 10
DW9 Trophy 41 DW9 Achievement 41 Traces of a Hero Complete a story. Bronze 10
DW9 Trophy 42 DW9 Achievement 42 End of an Era Complete a key mission. Bronze 10
DW9 Trophy 43 DW9 Achievement 43 New Allies Unlock an officer. Bronze 10
DW9 Trophy 44 DW9 Achievement 44 Graduation Day Complete the tutorial for one of the kingdoms. Bronze 10


Related MediaEdit

This game was exhibited at China Festival 2017, an annual Japanese event held for celebrating Chinese culture, October 21 to 22, 2017. A similar promotion occurred at a Three Kingdoms-themed festival at Kobe on November 5, 2017. A playable ten-minute trial was presented at PlayStation Festival 2017 in Osaka. Ten characters are available for playing at the Jump Festa 2018 trial; attendees can purchase an original vinyl bags that is booth exclusive. A press conference to celebrate the game's finished development shall be livestreamed on January 31, 2018 (JST).

It is one of the titles scheduled to be featured in the Dengeki PS Premium Event 2018 Winter event. Kenji Nojima (Lu Xun) shall be present for the Dynasty Warriors 9 stage event. Voice actor Kanako Takatsuki will play this game for the Dengeki PlayStation Live channel on February 8.

Merchandise based on this game will be available at Comiket 93. The four-disc complete original soundtrack set can be purchased starting February 14, 2018.

Limited edition PlayStation 4 consoles that commemorate this game's release are up for pre-orders. This model includes original peripherals and an original theme.

The second volume of Ryuubi Tokuko wa Shizuka ni Kurashitai, a Three Kingdoms-themed comic serialized by LaLa Magazine, includes Suzuki's commentary for the comic's Guan Yu and the Dynasty Warriors Guan Yu in promotion of this game.

Social game Buki yo Saraba hosted a collaboration event with an original story. The collaboration's duration was December 18, 2017~January 8, 2018.

Xperia is selling phone case covers featuring Wang Yi, Daqiao, Xingcai, Wang Yuanji, and Lu Lingqi.

Tenkaippin, Japanese ramen chain, have Dynasty Warriors posters with a QR code on them for a Zhao Yun donburi bowl giveaway; 88 people living in Japan have a chance to receive it until February 28, 2018. Maruchan is printing Dynasty Warriors 9 characters onto select Red Kitsune or Green Tanuki covers until February 22, 2018. Retweet the Dynasty Warriors character tweets for the campaign for a chance to receive a collaboration sticker featuring both products.

Three quizzes are being held over the Japanese Pony Canyon and Dynasty Warriors Twitter accounts. Answer questions correctly for a chance to win God of War, Zhao Yun collaboration merchandise. Deadline for the final quiz is February 20, 2018.

Consumers of the Japanese version of this game receive an invite to the Omega Force 20th Anniversary Live rock concert with live performances by MASA and Hideki Sakamoto. The concert takes place one day before the similarly themed voice actor stage event, Omega Force 20th Anniversary Seiyuu Musou. Seiyuu Musou attendees can purchase either the Serioso or Lieto character song CD sets for this game before their public sales date. The Gamecity Deluxe Editions include five interchangeable covers and five clear cards. A Gamecity Shopping merchandise campaign features various Dynasty Warriors 9 merchandise until March 28.

Butai Shin Sangoku Musou Kanto no Tatakai, the second Dynasty Warriors Japanese stage play that is based on the Battle of Guandu, will be held at Tokyo's Zenrosai Hall/Space Zero April 26 to May 1 and May 5~6, 2018 at Osaka's Sankei Hall Breeze.

Lamigo Monkeys, a baseball team from Taiwan, had collaboration merchandise available to fans who pre-ordered tickets for their August 23~27, 2017 games. It is celebrated as the first Warriors sports promotion in Taiwan.

Suzuki demonstrated this game's Hulao Gate at China and Hong Kong in late July 2017. It was one of the PlayStation titles presented at Toy Soul 2017; Suzuki is scheduled to go on stage again at the 2018 Taipei Game Show on January 28, 2018.

Baha Game Crazy streamed the game live on February 5, 2018.

A popularity poll for overseas fans was held on Facebook from August 2 to September 8, 2017. Participants voted for three of their favorite characters per faction before the decisive winners were selected in the final rounds.

  • Wei Poll - From August 2~6.
  • Shu Poll - From August 7~10.
  • Wu Poll - From August 11~14.
  • Other Poll - From August 15~18.
  • Jin Poll - From August 21~24.
  • Semi-Final Poll - From August 31~September 4.
  • Final Poll - From September 7~8.

Due to the popularity of Photo Mode, Twitter users in Japan can win numerous prizes by sharing their screenshots under one of four different themes: scenery, battlefield, hideaway, and free. Prizes include autographed color papers per faction, B2 posters, and badges.

Image SongsEdit

Performed by B'z

See AlsoEdit

GalleryEdit

External LinksEdit

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