Dynasty Warriors 9 will be out early next year, so here's a new trailer

Koei Tecmo confirmed in August that the open-world hack-and-slasher Dynasty Warriors 9 will be coming to the PC. There was no release date available at the time, but today the publisher announced a "window" of early 2018, and unveiled a new "Action!" trailer that's packed with... well, you can probably figure it out. 

The trailer introduces Dynasty Warrior 9's "story, characters, and locations," Koei Tecmo said, which I have to say really stretches the concept of "introduction." But it also shows off the new State Combo system that promises players a great degree of flexibility in the heat of combat.

"Flow Attacks create move-set combos that differ depending on the enemy’s position and seamlessly continue when enemies become prone, are in mid-air, or stunned. Reactive Attacks are extremely versatile and can range from counterattacks, dash attacks, assaults, to guard breaks and finish moves. Trigger Attacks are powerful moves that change an enemy's state," Koei Tecmo explained. "Attacks will change depending on the combination of buttons pressed." 

More information about Dynasty Warriors 9 is available at koetecmoamerica.com, and we've got some new screens you can dive into below. 

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.