Despite its massive, glaring, and unforgivable faults, Dynasty Warriors 9 did decently enough for Koei Tecmo not to toss the whole series in the trash. Thank goodness.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Dynasty Warriors series, Koei Tecmo is presenting a play from August 20 to 24 by Daisuke Nishida. Nishida has written and directed plays for the series before and worked on the anime series Bokurano and Claymore.
The play, subtitled “The Battle of Chibi IF,” seems to offer an alternative take on the famous battle of Chibi that fans of the Dynasty Warriors series and those familiar with Romance of the Three Kingdoms are well-familiar with.
This doesn’t seem to be all Koei Tecmo has in store for fans this year, though.
In a letter posted on the official 20th-anniversary site, series producer Akihiro Suzuki reminisces about how Dynasty Warriors came to be, the successes of the fourth entry in the series, and how it’s spanned to such vastness even outside of its numbered entries (Empires, Extreme Legends).
He also confirms a new game will be announced this year for the 20th anniversary. One has to wonder whether this new game announcement may be a bit of a return to form, emulating the PlayStation 2 era of Dynasty Warriors, as he details the success of Dynasty Warriors 4 in selling a million copies in only nine days when it first came out.
There’s a storm a-brewin’ over at Koei Tecmo, and I’m excited to see if lightning will strike. While I do consider Dynasty Warriors 9 one of the worst games I’ve ever played and I genuinely dislike it, I’ve still pumped over 80 hours into the blasted thing.
Whether Dynasty Warriors fans want to admit it or not, Koei Tecmo and Omega Force are basically guaranteed our money. I’d love to spend that money on a worthwhile entry to this series again, but we’ll have to wait until August to see what they have in store for us.