Dynasty Warriors 8

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Joined: August 26th, 2005, 6:15 pm

October 30th, 2012, 3:01 pm #1

-Temporary info post-
(DW8 Info Topic will be made sometime after DW7E info sorting is complete)
Shin Sangokumusou 7
aka. Dynasty Warriors 8

Console: PlayStation 3
Release Date: Sometime in 2013 (JP)
Official Site: http://www.gamecity.ne.jp/smusou7/ (JP)

New Characters
Note: Seiyuu = Japanese VA. They are mostly consistent throughout the series unless there are major circumstances

樂進 (文謙)
Yue Jin (Wenqian)

General under Cao Cao. Despite having small body, he still had proved much to be recognized as one of Wei's Five Great Generals.
Weapon: Twin Hookswords
Seiyuu: Kentaro Ito (aka. Choji in Naruto, Renji in Bleach)

李典 (曼成)
Li Dian (Mancheng)

Wei general who is most famous for his calmness. He tried to warn Xiahou Dun for traps in Bowangpo, and managed to reconcile Zhang Liao & Yue Jin in Hefei.
Weapon: Wheel Halberd
Seiyuu: Kosuke Toriumi (aka. Kiba in Naruto, Captain Ash in Mobile Suit Gundam AGE)

魯肅 (子敬)
Lu Su (Zijing)

Wu advisor who succeeded Zhou Yu. He acted as ambassador to Shu during the Jing Province campaign. He was succeeded by Lu Meng afterwards.
Weapon: Rake/Hoe (not clear yet)
Seiyuu: Taitem Kusunoki (aka. Antonio "Rock Bison" Lopez in Tiger & Bunny)

More to be revealed at a later time

Revealed Returning Characters
EX Weapon clones are to be reduced as much as possible
Character's main weapons are basically based on their latest weapons in DW7 series. New decloned weapons will be bolded

趙雲 (子龍) Zhao Yun (Zilong) - Weapon: Dragon Spear
諸葛亮 (孔明) Zhuge Liang (Kongming) - Weapon: Feather Fan

曹操 (孟德) Cao Cao (Mengde) - New Weapon: General Sword
曹丕 (子桓) Cao Pi (Zihuan) - New Weapon: Double-Bladed Sword
夏侯惇 (元讓) Xiahou Dun (Yuanrang) - Weapon: Scimitar
夏侯淵 (妙才) Xiahou Yuan (Miaocai) - New Weapon: Rod Bow
典韋 Dian Wei - Weapon: Hand Axe
張遼 (文遠) Zhang Liao (Wenyuan) - Weapon: Twin Halberds
甄姫 Zhenji - Weapon: Flute

孫堅 (文台) Sun Jian (Wentai) - New Weapon: Nine-Ringed Blade *NEW*
孫尚香 Sun Shangxiang - Weapon: Chakrams
周瑜 (公瑾) Zhou Yu (Gongjin) - Weapon: Bo Staff
陸遜 (伯言) Lu Xun (Boyan) - New Weapon: Swallow Sword *NEW*
呂蒙 (子明) Lu Meng (Ziming) - Weapon: Pike *NEW*

There will be more than 70 characters appearing in total
(71-75 is most plausible)

Game Modes

Story Mode
Story Mode is still faction-oriented and has seamless cutscenes
The mode may have online co-op
Jin kingdom is still returning
DW8 will have more freedom in the stage's progress route, unlike DW7 which had a quite preset progress route
The stories are being rewritten from scratch
There will be also what-if stories that consist of certain generals living beyond their actual lifespans (eg. Guo Jia in Chi Bi)
There will be a selection of main characters to choose in some stages (eg. Wei's Hefei may have selection between Zhang Liao, Yue Jin or Li Dian) *NEW*

Free Mode
Free Mode is returning

There will be also another new game mode for the replay value

New Gameplay Systems
Weapon switch system from DW7 is returning
All DW7 weapon types up to DW7E will be returning along with more brand-new weapons
Weapons now have affinity which corresponds to the weapons the opponent is holding

Storm Rush
Activated if player's weapon has better affinity to opponent's weapon
Breaks enemy guard, allows more combo attack, and increases attack speed

Variable Counter
Activated if player's weapon has worse affinity to opponent's weapon
As the name suggests, it's a counter attack that will make weapon switch at the end

Both Storm Rush & Variable Counter will also blow away surrounding enemies
The gameplay is designed so that even casual gamers can also enjoy them, but expert players will also find them crucial on clearing high difficulty stages

This system is reminiscent to DW5's Awakening Rage
Activated when certain requirements are met
During Awakening mode, the Musou gauge that is usually composed of multiple blocks will be unified into a single bar like past DW games
Stats are greatly increased, and Musou attack will be changed to Awakening Musou attack
When a lot of enemies are beaten with this Awakening Musou, it will evolve even further into True Awakening Musou
The merit of using Awakening Musou is that enemies beaten will drop better stat-up items

Weapon Seals are gone and replaced with a new Weapon Tempering system that will allow more weapon customization & collection *NEW*

The game system is mainly based on DW7, hence the quicker development cycle
DW8's concept is "Infinite Deepening" rather than "Evolution"
The most major difference from DW7 is renewed costumes
There will be a Very Easy setting dedicated for casual players which will have a specific control type designed to be able to unleash variety of combos with just a single button
Online play is said to be put more effort compared to past games
The Deferred Lighting technique is being used to draw the graphics here, which hopefully will reduce the jarring framerate drop from DW7 as much as possible


Leak source is Jump Magazine

Shin Sangokumusou 7 aka. Dynasty Warriors 8 is confirmed

New character is Yue Jin for Wei

Console is PS3, Release date is sometime in 2013

Joined: May 30th, 2012, 1:26 am

October 30th, 2012, 3:03 pm #2

First. But hell yeah, about time. Glad to see Yue Jin in. Now to see what his moveset will be. And also glad, Zhao Yun is getting back some of his former look from DW5 and pre. Can anyone enlarge what is/are his weapons in these pics? It seems to be something golden or a glaive? I can't tell.

[+] Spoiler
Shu; Liao Hua, Wang Ping, Ma Yunlu, Fu Qian, Zhuge Zhan,
Wei; Yue Jin, Yu Jin, Cao Zhen, Jia Kui, Man Chong
Wu; Cheng Pu, Xu Sheng, Zhuge Ke, Lu Kang, Zhang Ti
Jin; Du Yu, Zhou Zhi, Wang Jun
Other; Ma Teng, Gao Shun, Yuan Shu, Gongsun Zan,
[+] Spoiler
Oda: Niwa Nagahide, Oda Nobutada
Toyotomi: Otani Yoshitsugu, Maeda Matsu
Tokugawa: Torii Mototada, Ii Naomasa
Mouri: Kobayakawa Takakage, Murakami Takeyoshi, Kikkawa Motoharu
Otomo/Tachibana: Otomo Sorin
Chosokabe: Chosokabe Morichika, Kosokabe Chikayasu
Shimazu: Shimazu Toyohisa, Shimazu Iehisa, Shimazu Yoshihisa
Takeda: Baba Nobufusa
Uesugi: Uesugi Kagekatsu
Hojo: Hojo Tsunashige
Date: Date Shigezane
Others: Miyoshi Nagayoshi, Honganji Kennyo, Satake Yoshishige, Mogami Yoshiaki, Ashikaga Yoshiaki, Tsutsui Junkei, Ikeda Sen, Ryuzoji Takanobu, Nabeshima Naoshige, Yamanaka Shikanosuke

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October 30th, 2012, 3:05 pm #3

Zhao Yun has a look similar to his pre-DW6 design, wouldn't mind, still nice. Very pleased to see Yue Jin too. I wonder what are his weapons? Also, I bet that Yu Jin will be added to the roster too.

Anyway, so excited right now!

Han's Unifier
Han's Unifier
Joined: July 13th, 2012, 4:34 am

October 30th, 2012, 3:07 pm #4

Zhao Yun looks beast! Like a mix of DW3 and DW6!

So excited!

Tiger General
Joined: November 7th, 2007, 9:31 pm

October 30th, 2012, 3:08 pm #5

YEEEEEEEEEESSSSS!!!!!!! *clears throat*

So it's official. Knew it, absolutely knew it. Not quite what I pictured for Yue Jin, but I suppose the younger "hero" archetype is something Wei are sort of lacking compared to the other kingdoms. No surprise on his actual inclusion though.

Awaiting further updates.

Han's Unifier
Han's Unifier
Joined: July 13th, 2012, 4:34 am

October 30th, 2012, 3:09 pm #6

Yue Jin looks a lot like Deng Ai.

Perhaps hell act like him too? :o

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October 30th, 2012, 3:12 pm #7

Honestly, it wasn't how I imagined Yue Jin, but it's still a good design. In fact, I imagined Yu Jin being like that instead. Still, it's now likely that the Wei 5 Generals are going to be finally complete!

Han's Unifier
Joined: September 28th, 2009, 4:06 pm

October 30th, 2012, 3:12 pm #8

So it was DW8? Well, I guess I was wrong.

YAY! Yue Jin is in the game.

*Marks name off list*

That's another poll character off the list too, I believe. There has been plenty of Wei characters this time around. Even those not on the list (Wang Yi). If you count Jin, too, that still makes it more Wei.

1.Guo Jia
2.Yue Jin
3.Pang De
4.Xun Yu (Because of the CAW contest, he has even more of a chance)
5.Lu Su
6. Chen Gong
7.Xu Shu
8.Lu Kang
9.Yu Jin
10.Zhang Chunhua (Because of the CAW contest, she has even more of a chance)
11.Ma Yunlu

Honorable Mentions
Lu Lingqi (Lu Bu's Daughter)
Gao Shun
Guan Xing

Who's next?

Character Wishlist
Wei-Jia Xu, Yue Jin, Zang Ba
Wu-Han Dang, Lu Kang, Cheng Pu, Wu Guotai, Zhu Huan
Shu-Guan Suo, Ma Yunlu, Guan Xing, Zhang Bao, Liao Hua
Jin-Xin Xianying, Zhang Chunhua, Wen Yang
Other-Dong Bai, Lu Ling Qi, Chen Gong,Yuan Shu
[+] Spoiler

Yue Jin Weapon: Braces

Ma Yunlu*UPDATED* Weapon: Bladebow
Liao Hua Weapon: Spear Pack

Xin Xianying Weapon: Orb

Dong Bai Weapon: Bombs (Changing)
Lu Lingqi Weapon: Swinging Daggers
Chen Gong Weapon: Spiked Star
Yuan Shu Weapon: Pipe
Huaman Weapon: Tribal Axe

Characters in Progress
Dong Bai (Revising)
Xun Yu
Cheng Pu

Supreme Warrior-Scholar
Joined: August 26th, 2005, 6:15 pm

October 30th, 2012, 3:12 pm #9

Yeah you can check Yue Jin having a weapon in the Jump scan. The weapon type has 双 kanji on it so I'm sure it's a dual weapon, but I wonder.... Twin Sickles?

Anyway temporarily I'll be using the first post here as the information post, since I'll still be busy sorting information for DW7E. Once things on DW7E has calmed down after its release, I might then consider making a specific forum and info thread on DW8.

Tiger General
Joined: November 7th, 2007, 9:31 pm

October 30th, 2012, 3:13 pm #10

My initial thought on his face was a younger looking Xu Huang. His weapon is a little unclear though, looks like some sort of hooked blade or blades even, can't tell if its dual wielded or not.