Team Ninja’s new game won’t reinvent the genre: it won’t be a particularly innovative game among the Souls-likes.
Courtesy of IGN, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty features new gameplay, and those who like intense roguelike action games (e.g., Nioh, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice) will find what they’re looking for. The video also features an alligator, water nymphs, and angry monkeys, so Team Ninja is not presenting us with the usual enemies in their game. Indeed, in the usual way from the studio (after all, they were behind the two Nioh games after rebooting Ninja Gaiden), there will be no mercy: you have to learn to react appropriately to your opponents.
Last June, we wrote of Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty: “Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty follows the dramatic, action-packed story of a nameless militia soldier fighting for survival in a dark fantasy version of the Later Han Dynasty where demons plague the Three Kingdoms. Players fight off deadly creatures and enemy soldiers using swordplay based on Chinese martial arts, attempting to overcome the odds by awakening the true power from within.
It’s madness in the Three Kingdoms like never before! A dark fantasy set during the chaotic Three Kingdoms period, the narrative vividly tells the tale of a militia soldier’s brutal fight for survival during a Later Han Dynasty infested with demons. Defeat deadly enemies to boost morale and awaken the power from within! Overcome adversity through unique new strategies, including battle styles based on the “Five Phases.”
Renowned for ruthless strikes that can instantly change the tide of battle, sword practitioners of the Chinese martial arts gracefully change pace as they shift between offensive and defensive maneuvers. Overwhelm opponents with a flurry of force in a series of intense and bloody battles while learning the precision and skill necessary to become a true master of the sword.”