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Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed Japanese Version Will Shut Down in October

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Zhao Yun in Dynasty Warriors Unleashed

Koei Tecmo and Nexon’s mobile game Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed has still been running in Japan,  where it is known as Shin Sangoku Musou: Zan. However, that will soon come to an end. Nexon announced that it will shut down the Japanese version on October 27, 2022, at 10:00 AM JST.

Unleashed is a mobile hack-and-slash action game based on Dynasty Warriors 8. It appeared first outside Japan on March 30, 2017. However, Nexon shut down the global version just short of its third anniversary on March 26, 2020.

Meanwhile, Japan received its own version of Unleashed, which launched in September 2018. As the Japanese version is an entirely separate game, it was not affected by the global version’s shutdown. It will pass its fourth anniversary on a somber note following this end-of-service announcement.

Even though Unleashed will cease to exist, there are still other Dynasty Warriors games available on mobile devices. Koei Tecmo released its own mobile game with Dynasty Warriors 9 characters in March 2021 in Japan, and it is still undergoing active service as of this writing. The company also gave license to CMGE and other publishers to release the Dynasty Warriors 7-inspired Dynasty Warriors: Overlords outside Japan.

Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed is available on Android and iOS mobile devices in Japan until October 27, 2022.

Kite Stenbuck
An avid gamer who learned the Japanese language mostly by playing Japanese games. Especially enjoys Dynasty Warriors, Ace Combat, and Gundam a lot.