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“Wo Lengthy: Fallen Dynasty appears like a no brainer for Nioh followers”
New gameplay particulars from Crew Ninja
Even with minimal particulars, Wo Lengthy: Fallen Dynasty — a brand new Crew Ninja romp coming in scorching off the Nioh sequence — was in all probability my favourite recreation announcement on the jam-packed Xbox & Bethesda Video games Showcase. It’s an action-infused dark-fantasy tackle the Three Kingdoms with demons to take out and a masocore problem to beat.
There are nonetheless a whole lot of gameplay specifics to fill in, however coming off of the weekend’s large Xbox displaying, we now know that the sport is making the total rounds on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Sequence X/S in early 2023. Crew Ninja additionally shared extra details about Wo Lengthy: Fallen Dynasty in an interview with IGN — and it sounds actually promising.
“Making it a difficult recreation was one thing we had determined from the start,” in line with Wo Lengthy producer Fumihiko Yasuda, who’s getting back from Nioh 1 and 2.
“With all of the legendary heroes of the Three Kingdoms interval, it may possibly come throughout as considerably campy, however in actuality, it was a time of battle and devastation,” he stated. “It was a darkish interval during which individuals have been continually combating, which is a superb match for a Soulslike recreation. Being set in China, Wo Lengthy is extra huge in scale in comparison with our earlier video games set in Japan, which allowed us to indicate a extra extreme and darkish world. The identical will be stated for the issue. There’s little question this shall be an especially difficult and demanding recreation, however we’ve give you new methods to strategy that problem.”
“The motion is speedier than Nioh“
“We needed flowing fight during which you seamlessly swap between offense and protection,” Yasuda continued. “The motion is speedier than Nioh, and you are able to do issues similar to soar into an enemy after which launch over them.” Stage layouts are nonetheless linear in Wo Lengthy like Nioh earlier than it, however “there’s much more room for verticality and exploration generally.”
Wo Lengthy growth producer Masaaki Yamagiwa (of Bloodborne fame) spoke extra concerning the “magnificence of Chinese language martial arts,” noting that “using this motion to beat difficult battles ought to create an expertise like no different.” The builders “got here up with a system that revolves across the warrior’s morale” during which “each the participant and enemies have a morale standing, which can result in new methods throughout the Soulslike style.” Barely extra particularly, Yamagiwa says that gamers “acquire one thing by defeating a robust enemy, however the identical will be stated for when an enemy kills the participant. The stability between power modifications at any time when somebody dies.”
You’ll be able to create your individual character
The Crew Ninja duo additionally confirmed that gamers will customise their protagonist in Wo Lengthy: Fallen Dynasty (just like Nioh 2) and co-op will return, which is a must have.
So, what about gear in Wo Lengthy? Looting ultimately turned monotonous for a lot of Nioh gamers, however it additionally facilitated hundred-hours-strong playthroughs for lots of parents because of an basically endless stat grind and lots of character-build potentialities.
“Followers of the Three Kingdoms interval are going to need sure weapons for various warlords, and that’s positively one thing we wish to ship on,” Yasuda instructed IGN. “However when in comparison with Nioh, you received’t need to continually improve your weapon or armor, and it’s not like every enemy will drop an merchandise. It’s not the principle focus of Wo Lengthy’s recreation design, as we needed the participant to have the ability to concentrate on the motion extra simply. That being stated, we do nonetheless have a big number of weapons to select from.”
Up to now, so good, I’d say. Wo Lengthy is already on the prime of my 2023 checklist. As disappointing because it was to listen to that Crew Ninja could be stepping again from the Nioh sequence (not less than for now), this recreation is precisely the type of next-best factor I hoped we’d see. Nioh 2 was filled with refinements, and I’m excited to see Wo Lengthy carry the torch in a brand new means.