Platforms for Dynasty Warriors 9’s Western release have yet to be announced, but recent posts from Amazon US lists the game for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Amazon has listed both platforms for USD$59.99 with a placeholder December 31, 2018 release date. Aside from platform availability and the vaguest possible release window, no new details were shared. Currently, Dynasty Warriors 9 is confirmed to launch for PlayStation 4 in Japan. No release window for any territory has been officially announced, but most mainline entries have made their way to consoles and PC. Earlier this year, publisher Koei Tecmo said the game’s release date for US and Europe would be announced in the coming months.
Dynasty Warriors 9 marks the series’s first foray into the open-world genre. The campaign mode, which spans 60 years, includes numerous side missions. While the hack-and-slash game still takes place during the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, the action now occurs on a single map with real-time weather changes. Key landmarks and cities, such as the Hulao Gate and Yellow River, will be present and the game world is now filled with deserts, jungles, and snowy plains.
Following Dynasty Warriors’s open-world venture, new gameplay features have been included. Alongside stealth aspects and an improved battle system, players can now interact with their environment, such as climbing mountains, swimming across rivers, using grappling hooks, and attacking nearby objects. The game will feature the entire roster from Dynasty Warriors 8 as playable characters alongside newcomers Zhou Cang, Cheng Pu, and more. Developer Omega Force plans to implement a unique story for each warlord.