The development team for the Dynasty Warriors series from Koei Tecmo’s Omega Force revealed an AR filter app on Twitter. The app would let users put a hat or headdress worn by characters from the long-running series. The team tweeted the post with the Japanese #AprilFools and #AprilFools2021 hashtags.
— 真・三國無双 公式 (@s_sangokumusou) April 1, 2021
The Dynasty Warriors development team — led by Akihiro Suzuki — has been known to post April Fools jokes every year on its Twitter account, so this AR filter is not the first joke coming from the team. In 2019, it revealed a set of candles based on the series’ ruler characters. In 2020, it made a promotion poster for Kongming Eats as a parody of Uber Eats.
Dynasty Warriors is a series of hack-and-slash action games with tactical elements. While the core gameplay system involves beating hundreds of enemy soldiers with a single character, the player’s performance also affects the tide of the battle and the morale of allies. The latest console game to date is Dynasty Warriors 9, which is immediately available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Recently in March 2021, Koei Tecmo launched a new Dynasty Warriors mobile game developed internally by Omega Force in Japan. The company also announced a delay for the upcoming console game Dynasty Warriors 9: Empires, as it would not make the initial early 2021 release window. A live-action movie based on the franchise will appear in Hong Kong and Mainland China in late April 2021.