Today, Koei Tecmo updated the official site of its upcoming open world Musou game Dynasty Warriors 9.
We get to see seven new characters, Xu Sheng (who makes his playable debut), Sima Zhao, Wang Yuanji, Xingcai, Cao Pi, Zhang Bao and Zhenji.
Serving as a military general of Sun Quan, he played a key role in the battles at Chibi, Hefei, and the in the invasion of Jing. He was known for his “fake towers” ruse which caused Cao Pi to retreat believing Sun Quan knew of his attack and had the city heavily fortified beforehand.
A true Femme Fatale, Zhenji was known to have skin as smooth as a gem and a face as lovely as a flower. Although she had a passion for music and song, she was often difficult to approach due to her cold, distant personality and her majestic and dignified mannerism.
After Cao Cao’s subjugation of the Ji Province, his son, Cao Pi, took in Zhenji as his wife.
As the son of Cao Cao, the King of Wei, he was destined to inherit his father’s ambition. Although he had the capability and the potential to unify the next generation, he became cold and condescending due to his upbringing and high level of intelligence. However, this allowed him to become skilled in calmly evaluating any situation and responding appropriately.
As the daughter of Zhang Fei, she was born in chaotic times and grew up surrounded by the mighty warriors that followed Liu Bei. After her decision to stand on the battlefield, she made it her calling to protect Liu Bei’s son, Liu Shan, from any that would harm him. Unlike her father, she was a calm warrior who never let her emotions run rampant.
As the son of Zhang Fei, he grew to be as skilled in battle as his father. Along with his brother-in-law, Guan Xing, his skills were proven to be a valuable asset in the many battles in the Northern Campaign.
With a strong sense of responsibility, he often enjoyed taking care of others.
As the daughter of the Wei minister, Wang Su, she showed both intelligence and courage from a young age. Although extremely polite and kind to those weaker than her, she openly spoke her mind to those she considered family.
As the second son of Sima Yi, he was often viewed as lacking when compared to his perfect brother, Sima Shi, due to his playful and happy-go-lucky personality. Despite this, he always remained focused on what was important during vital situations.
On top of that, we get a look at the actions that can be performed in game.
With the square button we can perform normal attacks that change depending on the situation, including normal state, aerial state, down state. By pressing the button quickly, you can perform combos that can deal a lot of damage.
The triangle button performs a reaction attack that depends on the actions and timing of enemies. It includes counter attacks, distancing attacks that keep nearby enemies away, dash attacks that hit enemies far away, knockdown attacks that hit enemies into the air and knock them into the ground, guard breaking attacks that break the defense of enemies trying to block, surprise attacks that deal heavy damage to unknowing enemies, and finishers that deal deadly damage to enemies that are already near death.
Trigger attacks are executed with R1 + square, triangle and X, and change the status of an enemy, allowing you to perform a devastating combo afterwards. R1 + square stuns, R1 + triangle sends enemies flying into the air, R1 + X knocks them down.
Lastly, R1 + Circle performs a special attack unique to each warlord.
On top of combat actions, there are interaction actions that can be performed to interact with the battlefield or objects found in it. These include climbing walls with a grappling hook, swimming, detonating oil pots with fire arrows, wall jumping, and fishing.
You can check out all the screenshots below, and if you want to see more, you can enjoy the previous reveal showing Sun Ce, Ma Chao and Jia Chong, another focusing on Sima Shi, Zhou Yu, Zhang He and Ma Dai, the one before including Xun You, Xiahou Yuan, Lu Lingqi, Daqiao, Xiaoqiao, Zhang Fei and Zhuge Liang, and the previous announcement of several more returning heroes: Ling Tong, Gan Ning, Xu Zhu, Dian Wei, Guan Ping and Dong Zhuo.
Dynasty Warriors 9 will launch this year in Japan exclusively for PS4, while the English version will be on a wider variety of platforms, and will release at a yet unspecified time for PS4, Xbox One and PC.