Today’s issue of Weekly Famitsu included a spread on the upcoming Shin Sangokumusou 8, or Dynasty Warrior 9 as westerners call it.
We get to meet more characters confirmed for the game (besides one that we already knew, and one who was inevitable): Man Chong, Zhou Cang, Sun Shangxiang, Lu Xun and Lu Bu.
In the main gameplay mode the story progresses by completing main missions. On top of that and quests, accidental battle encounters can also happen. At times, you can also find different conflicting factions, and that can result in a battle as well.
It’s also possible to encounter packs of animals like wolves, resulting in combat. They will fiercely protect their territory. On the other hand, pandas won’t attack the player. It appears that something nice happens if you encounter them.
The player can even decide to play the bandit. You can come across caravans transporting goods across the continent. Attacking and defeating the guards will net you valuable items and money. There is also the possibility that such actions might influence future battles.
In the game major cities are modeled with their own unique environment, and you can also travel to iconic locations like the bamboo forest in Chengdu, the cedar forest in Northern Chengdu, the Great Wall and more.
The difficulty of missions that progress the story will also change depending on the strategy chosen by the player, for instance whether or not to use siege weapon when attacking a fortress.
An attack without siege weapons will require infiltrating alone using a grappling hook. While passing the walls is easy, you’ll have to fight a large number of enemy soldiers when past the gates.
Using siege weapons, in this case a battering ram, will let you break the gates and attack the fortress with your whole army. That said, you’ll need to fight more bitterly while the battering ram is working on the gate.
You can check out all the screenshots below, but do keep in mind that quality isn’t perfect, since they’re from magazine scans. If you want to see more, you can enjoy the first trailer, and recent screenshots.