Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires Will Be A PSN Download In North America

By Ishaan . November 28, 2012 . 4:42pm

Heads up—Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires has a new release date in North America.


Earlier in the week, Tecmo Koei’s European division informed us that the game would be released in Europe on February 22nd, while North America would get it on February 19th. However, Tecmo Koei America announced a different date this afternoon.


Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires will be released in in the U.S. on February 26th, according to Tecmo Koei America. North America will get the game as a download title via the PlayStation Network. In Europe, the game will see a retail release as well.


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  • SirRichard

    I’m curious; why is it not being released at retail? While it doesn’t affect me and I wouldn’t mind either way if I were to pick it up, has the series’ popularity just waned enough that going digital to save on costs needs to be done or is this just Sony of America being weird about its policies again?

    That said, Tecmo Koei are certainly getting a bit active in the early part of 2013. NG Sigma 2 Plus, this and Atelier Ayesha for Europe and I think I’m forgetting something.

    • Thuggin Love

      i don’t think its because of money,I think this Sony Of America and their dumb ass rule they have about non-dubbed games.I’ve had to import from europe a few times now because of this.

      • Budgiecat

        But why is Koei all of a sudden not making dubs anymore?

        • Thuggin Love

          Maybe it’s just not profitable enough for them with all the characters these games have.I imagine hiring 30+ Voice Actors for a game that probably won’t break 100k sales is to much for them.

          • Ladius

            @ Red Flare: This is most likely the truth. Warriors games have extremely huge casts and lots of dialogues, with each new game the localization efforts grow without any assurance of sales improving anytime soon.

    • Ladius

      It’s almost surely the same issue they had with Warriors Orochi 3: since the game has only the Japanese dub, SCEA’s rules block a retail release.

      There have been some exceptions on PS3, like the Yakuza games and, strangely enough, two Agarest games, but Koei seem unable to get the same treatment for whatever reason. SCEA should really reconsider this rule.

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    • Budgiecat

      but i did’t do anything….

  • D H

    Oy, fantastic. A delay and now I have to import the game as well. Wonderful…

  • Ladius

    Considering this is almost surely another consequence of SCEA’s weird policies, I wonder how much this situation will damage the Warriors series in the US: first Koei had to cut the X360 ports because they didn’t sell enough, and now they can’t even sell the PS3 versions at retail.

    I really hope dd sales in the US are at least decent and Europe gives them some solid reasons to continue localizing the series, I would hate seeing the Warriors games becoming import-only affairs.

    • RandomInternetGuy

      Meh, I own about 5-6 games in the series, and even for me the game has gone stale.

      • Ladius

        I don’t know which Warriors games you have played in the last years, but Warriors Orochi 3 is probably the best Warriors game ever released, and the Empire subseries has an identity of its own compared to the normal entries of both the Dynasty and Samurai series thanks to its emphasis on diplomacy and management.

        DW Next was really nice, too, which kinda surprised me since I thought it would be an half-hearted effort considering it was released at Vita’s launch.

    • Sarah Bano

      I don’t think SCEA is to blame. Record of agarest war zero and 2 had retail releases and those game VA are in all Japanese.

      • Ladius

        As I said in another post, the Yakuza series and the last two Agarest games are the only PS3 exceptions so far, for unknown reasons.

        Koei itself reported that SCEA’s policy was the reason they couldn’t release Warriors Orochi 3 at retail in the US, and this is most likely a repeat of that situation. http://www.siliconera.com/2012/02/16/warriors-orochi-3-for-ps3-is-digital-download-only-in-the-us/

      • kroufonz

        KT did expicitly saying it is SCEA decision that didn’t allow them to release retail version for Orochi 3.so people would assume it could be the same case.

    • closingracer

      They cut xbox versions? :O …. I guess I was the only one buying them :P

  • Blesmi

    Well I guess this means no English dub. That’s super lame.

    • We will never be able to hear how Zhange He’s victories are tinged with a hint of beauty. lol And no Jamieson Price.

    • Ladius

      They will dub those games if they thought they could still make a profit doing so. I am happy we’re still getting localized Warriors games at all.

  • Budgiecat

    I guess this is better than not getting it at all…but we rarely had a problem getting these games before so what’s going on here. Is it convenience or laziness?I don’t like this push to DD I have only so much space on my HD….

    • Ladius

      It’s an unfortunate mix of dwindling sales, the number of characters growing really fast (which means exceedingly costly dubs if they wanted to record English dialogues) and SCEA blocking retail releases of PS3 games with Japanese dubs only, aside from a small number of exceptions.

      Not really Koei’s fault, and I hope this doesn’t lead to them stopping localizing the series for good.

  • Digital download only? 0/10 would not buy.

    • Ladius

      This kind of reasoning could kill the series for good, at least in the US. They aren’t going digital only because they want to, but because of SCEA’s policies and, in turn, SCEA’s policies affect the Warriors games because they can’t afford to dub them anymore if they want them to be profitable. Boycotting them will simply tell them that they shouldn’t even bother localizing those games at all.

  • Manny Being Manny

    Never would I have thought Dynasty Warriors would get to the point of being a digital only title after how popular it used to be.

    • Its only because it has no English dub, and for some reason, SCEA refuses to publish non-english dubbed games on retail. SCEE have no such policy, probably because it would be ridiculous with all the languages in Europe, so it has retail disc.

      • Eric Acosta

        I don’t like that these games have no retail copy, but I may be in the small few on this however I like how SCEA wont out out games that are not dubbed in the common language of the area. I understand there are exceptions but I have not purchased them as they are not my type of game. But I love the DW seriers and loved…i reiterate loved…the WO series. But when I got the WO game on the xbox and noticed no dubbing, I was let down. I LOVE the horrible voice dubbing. It made the game that much better to me. !e and my brother have years of DW lines that we randomly quote and laugh about. I did finishe the WO game and technically it was a stunning game and deserve praise. But the one thing that keeps me playing is storyline. I understand it is the same story, but I love replaying it. It is fascinating. However I can’t follow the story with a language I don’t understand. The subtitles work during the cut scenes, but good luck trying to read them while in game. You miss a lot when u can’t listen to the characters speak. I like sony’s stand on english dubbing because it makes sense to me. Would you go to a mexican resturaunt that has their menu in only spanish but the waiter can speak english? If so, then you would be missing out on possibly dozens of food choices because you can’t read them and require someone else to do the translation. Personally the original language does not make the game any better if I can’t understand it. Saddly if this is true with DW7 empires, it may be the first DW game I don’t buy. And I understand that low sales is the reason for no dubbing, but if the sales get better or stay the same there is no incentive for them to dubb the game anyway.

  • Christopher Nunes

    I’m not entirely happy with getting a download-able only version of the game, for one people download DLC onto their PS3 and so they might not have enough space on their PS3 to download the… I don’t have this problem as I upgraded my PS3 to having 500GB on it but it’s kinda inconvenient in a way.

    That’s why I prefer retail physical copies over digital copies, and I really don’t see the problem with release the game with Japanese voiceovers only for the retail version. The 360 doesn’t have that problem and such… and seeing the Europe getting the retail version makes me want to import the Europe version (good thing the PS3 is region-free).

    I really hate when rules do more harm than good for great games like these. Oh well, no use crying over spilled milk… I’ll just have to save up to buy the game.

  • infernalmonkey

    Chances are it’ll be vastly cheaper to import the physical version from the UK than buying it on the US PSN.

    • Alexander Marquis Starkey

      You are kidding right…Games are usually more expensive in Europe than in the US, and then you have to pay extra costs for importing and then shipping. This game will more than like release a 50 dollars and the import could be 80.

  • kroufonz

    Jp voice= good!
    digital only = no thank you!

    guess this mean importing again :(

    are the Warriors series already become more niche than neptunia in the US??
    or is this still just one of those SCEA crappy policy that not allowing retail release of game with japanese voice only. (like orochi 3)

    I fear for Atelier Ayesha will be digital only too, since KT probably also handling US release too:(

    • Ladius

      It’s probably the latter, since Koei said they couldn’t release WO3 at retail because of SCEA’s Japanese dub rule, and this game has the same issue.

      I wouldn’t be so sure Ayesha will be in the same situation, though: it’s likely Koei will make NISA localize the game just as they did for the past Atelier game, and NISA always went dual audio for this series. People should also remember that NISA and Koei already cooperated to distribute the Atelier games in Europe well before Koei acquired Gust.

    • raymk

      Atelier Ayesha will be dubbed so it will be on consoles as nisa is still releasing that particular game. Like it or not english voices is what gets a disk release done.

      • kroufonz

        well we haven’t heard anything official from NISA, and they suspiciously silent + europe get their announcement first so anything can still happen.

  • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

    My biggest gripe about it being digital only is now I have to figure which crap to delete from my PS3 so that I can fit it.

    • Alexander Marquis Starkey

      If you still have crap on your PS3 just delete and redownload it when you want to play it again. All that stuff is still linked to your PSN account you can just download it again from your manage account options.

      • Cant you only do that a max of 5 times?

        • colorblindnightmare

          No,the rule is that you can only have your psn account on 5 compatible devices. (Ie hardcorps uprising on 5 different ps3’s) you can redownload it on those 5 devices all you want but no more on any other than those 5

          • Casey Plummer

            I hope that does not affect ps4 then cause it would suck if you buy ps4, transfer your psn on to the ps4 just to find out the 5 console rules still apply and your unable to downoad :-(

  • Digital only? No thanks. If the digital games were way cheaper than the physical I wouldn’t have any problem with this. Also, I only have so much space on my PS3, I need the space for patches, updates and DLC.

  • Saintdante

    I guess this means I have to import this game from Europe… hopefully the Atelier series doesn’t end up like this.

  • Learii

    as PSN download huh? i guess that mean is wil be engilsh sub only
    is it just me or koei getting lazy because they stop making their games into engilsh voices?

    • Cause of how much it costs, there are LOTS of characters now, the cast is building, and as its not a MAIN game in the series, it may not sell enough to recover that cost.

  • Hinataharem

    They better not do this for DW8

  • Tianyu Wei

    I mean I dont’ know why you guys are complaining if you are at least getting the game… KT could well just decide not to publish the game at all… Their JP sales is good enough each installment. The sales of EU/US just about breaks even for the cost of those version each time…

    I think KT should just stop localizing the Warriors game, it wouldn’t effect me one bit… If you want to complaint, make a petition to SCEA not KT. It’s not KT’s decision to not have a disc version in NA…

    • If you don’t care for the game, why would you comment then?

      There are people here who want to support this game (via local localisations) but prefer to have it in a physical form, just as I do. while EU would see an increase in sales, due to importers with preference for tangibility. The US digital sales would suffer and price drops take a while with digital games or not at all.

      Would it send the wrong message for future localisations of the series in the US?

      Probably, it would. However, from what I read, SCEA are part of the problem by sending a mix signal in which they allow certain exemptions to that rule – consumers would want it to effect all games (less desirable) or not all.

  • Well, guess I’m importing this. Koei needs the remember we in the USA like our retail versions. I refuse to pay $40+ for a game I don’t physically own.

  • Barrit

    Oh Europe, you will save me from SCEA’s dumb policy yet again! :)

    • I am confused as to why you guys will import the game and spend more money when you have decided you dont care that it is not in english. unless it is a space on HD issue it would be cheaper to buy the DD

      • Barrit

        I wouldn’t care if it was free with a PS+ download, but since I’ll have to spend money for a download I rather spend a little more and own the disc.

  • Ixbran

    as long as it comes to america, ill buy it no matter what format its in. I love this series and will continue to support it.

  • colorblindnightmare

    I am by no means a super huge fan of this series, but me and a small circle of friends love getting together and have little coop parties for this and other coop games and not having physical copies makes these more difficult to do. I’ve imported stuff before an it gets really expensive. One paticular import cost me an unnecessary 40 bucks extra so this news is somewhat upsetting.

  • Best Lolicon NA

    no retail release? fuck that then….I have been waiting for this for a while but I’m not buying it on PSN…I want a retail…god dammit >_>

    • Bre Hamilton

      Import then! That’s what I’m doing!
      If you want it hard enough, you’ll do just that

  • 5 more days!

  • Either way I will enjoy this game like I enjoy all the other Koei games.

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