Koei Tecmo has published the Dynasty Warriors 20th Anniversary trailer on its official channel. It marked that 20 years passed since Dynasty Warriors 2 was first released for PlayStation 2 in Japan on August 3, 2000.
Despite being known as Dynasty Warriors 2 in the West, the game is originally known as Shin Sangoku Musou in Japan. It received a major genre change from the PS1 fighting game Sangoku Musou–localized in the West as Dynasty Warriors—and it defined the tactical hack-and-slash action genre where the player character’s actions affect the tide of the battlefield and army morale in real-time.
The Dynasty Warriors series as we know it now is built on the success of this new genre introduced by Dynasty Warriors 2. With every new iteration, Koei Tecmo continued to improve the graphics and gameplay system while adding even more playable characters based on the series’ setting in the Chinese Three Kingdoms period.
The Dynasty Warriors 20th Anniversary trailer shows the series’ history from the first mainline title to the latest one, with their respective Xtreme Legends expansions and Empires spin-offs also included. Koei Tecmo has also been teasing a new game project for the series on the anniversary website, although this project has still yet to be unveiled as of this writing.
The latest console game in the series to date is Dynasty Warriors 9, and it was released worldwide for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in February 2018.