The announcement of Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty at Microsoft’s not-E3 convention was actually stunning, on condition that Team Ninja had simply launched Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin with Square Enix. That mentioned, the developer’s output prior to now few years has been fairly spectacular in each amount and high quality.

Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is alleged to be impressed by the studio’s profitable Nioh franchise, although it is going to be set within the beloved Romance of the Three Kingdoms Chinese medieval setting. Earlier as we speak, a brand new leak totally defined the game’s fight system.

Melee fight is predicated on the 5 conventional Chinese parts (wooden, water, hearth, steel, and earth), which correspond to completely different fight types. For instance, the hearth model will make you extra aggressive, the water model focuses on counterattacks, and the earth model focuses on protection. Switching types at a particular level will increase your morale (like Ki flux in Nioh).

Defense is the core mechanic, you’ll be able to cancel different strikes with protection for assault/protection transition; it is a very easy move and has a Chinese Kung Fu film really feel. Different weapons have completely different counter strikes, a few of which might kill regular enemies in a single hit, and the execution strikes are very brutal.

The morale system is one other core system of Wo Long. The extra enemies you kill and the extra profitable reflection/counterattack you will have, the extra the morale bar will rise. Higher morale will worry the enemies on the sector and they’re going to cower, making it extra beneficial so that you can assault, however elite enemies and managers require greater morale. If you get hit arduous and your morale drops, a decrease morale bar makes enemies extra aggressive however strengthens your protection.

You can go to a straightforward battle to lift your morale earlier than going right into a troublesome scenario, making the game a little bit simpler. Although Wo Long doesn’t have an issue possibility, morale is sort of a dynamic difficulty. Morale can be used to unleash some final expertise (like Ninja Gaiden).

You can soar to dodge some assaults after which step on the heads of enemies and assault them within the air to hit them arduous. You can step on the primary enemy’s head whereas operating to leap greater and ship a stronger assault to the enemies behind. Jumping means that you can immediately assault the archers on the wall as an alternative of utilizing your bow (which has its personal ability tree now). There are additionally completely different touchdown assaults.

The leak additionally mentioned the setting. Players will likely be combating many well-known characters (akin to Lu Bu) in Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty in addition to yokai bosses. Human bosses drop distinctive armor and weapons outfitted with particular expertise or results, whereas demon bosses drop spells (that are cast utilizing talismans and tablets).

Do take all this data with a grain of salt because the source is way from foolproof. Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is scheduled to launch in early 2023 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S|X. The game will likely be playable on Game Pass from day one.

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