The Reason to be Excited for Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty

Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty was officially announced by Koei TECMO Europe and the famed developer Team NINJA (Nioh, Ninja Gaiden) during Xbox & Bethesda's showcase earlier this month. While it is a major part of the presentation, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty has slipped by many people. But that shouldn't be the case because there are plenty of reasons to be excited about the game.

It is important to confirm before we get too deep, however, that Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty will be available across multiple platforms. Despite being announced in an Xbox showcase, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty will be released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.

In addition to their reputation as action games creators, Team NINJA has recently won a lot of fans with Nioh and Nioh 2, which recently earned them a lot of fans. That's not even to mention Ninja Gaiden or Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin. With Hyrule Warriors and Fire Emblem Warriors, the studio has also contributed to the acclaimed Warriors franchise.

Taking a look at the studio's most eccentric title, Ninja Gaiden, you'd be hard-pressed to find one more suited to delivering blockbuster battles than Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty.

Yet From Software has also proven that they are able to deliver epic battles involving one man against gigantic beasts in an entirely different type of game design. The game was developed by Team NINJA producers Masaaki Yamagiwa (Bloodborne, one of the most highly acclaimed From Software titles) and Fumihiko Yasuda (Nioh).

Even if Elden Ring didn't capture your attention, the game's action sequences will surely impress you. Combining Team NINJA's passion for brutal-yet-fair arcade combat with FromSoftware's elaborate boss design makes for a natural match.

A nameless militia soldier fights for survival in this story despite all the talk about the supernatural. In a dark fantasy version of the Later Han Dynasty, demons plague the Three Kingdoms. With the help of swordplay based on Chinese martial arts, players can fight deadly creatures and enemy soldiers.

It's reasonable to compare Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty with the Warriors Orochi series, but in reality it looks like Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty will take a much more direct approach. You won't have to battle endless fields of nameless enemies. A much tighter construct is promised for the game, wherein the role of the player goes beyond simply 'kill everyone to win'. At least, that's what we hope.

At the moment, the game is being developed for Xbox Series XS, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC. Game Pass day one coverage has already been confirmed for it, and it’s available on both PC and Xbox consoles in early 2023.

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