The producer of the Dynasty Warriors franchise, Akihiro Suzuki, spoke about the decline of series’ sales until recent collaborations (namely Hyrule Warriors) helped breath life back in the franchise.
According to Suzuki:
Over the years we’ve seen a sales decline. The Dynasty Warriors series is targeted towards the core fans. But we’ve had a few collaborations recently that have given the franchise a second wind because they’ve brought in new fans that hadn’t given Dynasty Warriors a chance.
So Hyrule Warriors gave the series some freshness. Now our task is to keep the new players happy now that they’ve had a chance to play. But overall with the franchise, we need to keep it fresh, both the Dynasty Warriors and the Samurai Warriors brands.
Here’s hoping to see more successful collaborations in the future, including a sequel to Hyrule Warriors.