Koei Tecmo and Ninja Gaiden developer Team Ninja are developing a new, original action game. Called Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, the game debuted at Microsoft and Bethesda’s 2022 showcase stream.
The game is set in a fantastical rendition of Three Kingdoms-era China, where the Han dynasty is plagued by demons and monsters. Players control a nameless militia soldier fighting for survival amidst the chaos.
The player is apparently capable of acrobatic martial arts techniques. According to an NPC, they’re possessed of “The Eternal Elixir Field,” some form of supernatural power. With it, they can go toe-to-toe with demonically empowered foes. One such foe even consumes an item of some sort, transforming into a giant demon. The trailer closed on a shot of the protagonist encountering a man who is likely Lu Bu, famed hero of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms saga.
The Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty trailer itself was fully cinematic and didn’t give much hint as to gameplay. Given Team Ninja’s history, though, a character action game of some sort is a safe bet. Whether it will be more like Ninja Gaiden or closer to Nioh, or something entirely different? Koei Tecmo hasn’t revealed that yet. In any case, players will get a chance to find out in early 2023, the game’s scheduled release window.
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is in development for Xbox Series consoles and PC. It’ll arrive on Xbox Game Pass upon release.