Koei Tecmo describes Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty as “the next great experience masocore of Team Ninja. This Japanese studio has always been known for offering games that challenge the player like Ninja Gaiden, and in this sense Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is no different from its previous titles. “[…] but this time we have used Chinese martial arts as a new fighting style,” says producer Fumihiko Yasuda (Nioh). Not only does the gameplay in combat change, but it is also committed to a new setting.
With Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, Team Ninja leaves feudal Japan behind to travel to the period of the Three Kingdoms, one of the bloodiest in Chinese history, during the Han Dynasty. This time is not strange for Koei Tecmo, that has it very much in mind thanks to the Omega Force Dynasty Warriors saga. But there is an important difference. As producer Masaaki Yamagiwa (Bloodborne) points out, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty offers a version of the Three Kingdoms with a dark fantasy setting in which there are demons.
When Yamagiwa joined Team Ninja in 2019, the concept of Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty was already established, however the product ensures that it has been able to say its own. Yamagiwa comments that “difficult games shouldn’t just be difficult.” “I think it’s very important that this difficulty exists for the purpose of giving players a sense of accomplishment once they’ve beaten it,” adds the producer. “That’s why I think players should always be able to blame themselves when they die.”
On the world of Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, Fumihiko Yasuda adds that it is darker, more rigorous, and “massive compared to our previous games set in Japan.” The producer also states that this will be Team Ninja’s most difficult title. “There is no doubt that this is going to be an extremely challenging and demanding game, but we have come up with new ways to tackle that difficulty,” says Yasuda.
Regarding combat, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty will offer a system that will allow you to seamlessly switch between attack and defense. “The action is faster than in Nioh, and you can do things like jump towards an enemy and then jump on them,” explains Yasuda. The producer clarifies that it will be a realistic action. Finally, it is confirmed that Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty will have a multiplayer component, details of which will be provided later.