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KOEI TECMO EUROPE DETAILS NEW OPEN WORLD FEATURES FOR UPCOMING EPIC, DYNASTY WARRIORS 9

Today, KOEI TECMO Europe further detailed the open world functions for upcoming epic DYNASTY WARRIORS 9, which will be released across Europe on the 13th February 2018 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC via Steam®.

In DYNASTY WARRIORS 9, roaming off the beaten path opens up greater experiences outside of the main story line - allowing powerful enemies to appear and challenge players with their advanced abilities and skills. These formidable opponents come in the form of humans; such as bandits, or beasts; such as wolves, which will provide additional valuable items or materials as a reward upon defeat. It may be tempting to take on these foes to gain the plethora of takings, but the situation should be carefully assessed as fleeing from battle may be the safer option.

One skill warriors can complete to prepare for tough encounters is cooking. By visiting a teahouse, or the players own hideaway, materials such as meat and vegetables can be used to prepare a meal that will grant temporary boosts to their characters. DYNASTY WARRIORS 9s new boosts offer various effects including, but not limited to; increased experience, strength, defence, speed and jump abilities. Devouring a hearty meal ahead of an important battle is a surefire way to turn the tide of battle in the players favour. During a players stay at these locations, they not only have the option to cook and eat food to earn an advantage in battle, they can manipulate the time of day (morning, noon, dusk, night) by advancing it to speed up their health recovery.

Another way of ensuring an edge in battle is through crafting new weaponry. These new weapons are crafted through scrolls useful items which detail the required materials for a player to collect. To unlock the abilities to craft weapons, the required scrolls for each weapon must be collected; with some weapons blueprints split across multiple scrolls. Players are rewarded scrolls upon completing missions or by defeating certain enemies, which will unlock a weapon which can only be crafted at a blacksmith. Gems and accessories can also be crafted, which provide substantial boosts to the player. Gems are also found throughout the world and are used in the weapons forging process to provide additional effects including a variety of different elemental abilities.

When exploring DYNASTY WARRIORS 9s vast world map, players are able to call on their noble steed to help them quickly traverse long distances. At the start, your horse will have relatively limited abilities, which can then be enhanced through riding experience via long distances or fighting on horseback. Starting abilities also differ according to the horses mane, thus two horses of the same species can grow in experience at completely different rates. New horses can also be unlocked and purchased at stables, all starting at different skill levels and ready for development.

KOEI TECMO Europe also announced further details to the bonus content available to fans who purchase the digital versions of DYNASTY WARRIORS 9 through the PlayStation®Store and Xbox Store during their pre-order or early purchase stages. Those who purchase the Standard version of the game will receive the previously announced seven costumes for fan-favourite characters. The costumes are inspired by traditional Chinese undergarment styles; the Dudou Costume for Guan Yinping, Diaochan, Sun Shangxiang, Lu Lingqi, Wang Yi, and Wang Yuanji, and an imposing Beijing Opera-style costume for Zhao Yun. On the other hand, those who purchase the Digital Deluxe Version are offered all the previously mentioned items from the Standard Version plus the Season Pass, which will grant access to all future DLC for the title, and three original DYNASTY WARRIORS weapons: The Amethyst Iron Blade, The Crimson Ring Blade and The Jade Splendid Swords.

An action-packed trailer detailing the exciting new features in DYNASTY WARRIORS 9, alongside a fresh batch of artwork assets were released, offering a look into the open world features revealed today and costume designs, alongside plenty of screenshots from the new installment to the series!

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