Team Ninja’s game (announced at Microsoft’s E3 replacement keynote) may not be as similar to FromSoftware’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice or the “in-house” Nioh…
The game, set in China during the age of the Three Kingdoms, got a big leak on Reddit. The source is 4chan, but it still seems pretty credible. “Melee combat is based on the five traditional Chinese elements (wood, water, fire, metal, and earth), which correspond to different combat styles. For example, the fire style will make you more aggressive, the water style focuses on counterattacks, and the earth style focuses on defence. Switching styles at a specific point will raise your morale (like Ki flux in Nioh).
Defence is the core mechanic. You can cancel other moves with defence for attack/defence transition; it’s a very smooth move and has a Chinese Kung Fu movie feel. Different weapons have different counter moves, some of which can kill regular enemies in one hit, and the execution moves are ferocious. The morale system is another core system of Wo Long. The more enemies you kill and the more successful reflection/counterattack you have, the more the morale bar will rise. Higher morale will fear the enemies on the field, and they will cower, making it more favourable for you to attack, but elite enemies and bosses require higher morale. If you get hit hard and your morale drops, a lower morale bar makes enemies more aggressive but strengthens your defence.
You can go to an easy battle to raise your morale before going into a difficult situation, making the game a little easier. Although Wo Long does not have a difficulty option, morale is like a dynamic difficulty. Morale can also be used to unleash some ultimate skills (like Ninja Gaiden). You can jump to dodge some attacks and then step on the heads of enemies and attack them in the air to hit them hard. You can step on the first enemy’s head while running to jump higher and deliver a more vigorous attack on the enemies behind. Jumping allows you to directly attack the archers on the wall instead of using your bow (which has its skill tree now). There are also different landing attacks.”
We can also fight several notable characters (Lu Bu) in addition to the yokai bosses. Human bosses will drop unique armour and weapons. These have specific abilities and effects. Demons leave behind spells (these can be activated with pills or talismans). It is not official, but Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, which will be released in early 2023 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, will be on Game Pass from day one.