You know a series has been around for a while when even the creators can’t keep track of the number in the title across different regions.
Jokes aside, Tecmo-Koei has released a new trailer forDynasty Warriors 8/Shin Sangoku Musou 7 on their official YouTube channel showcasing several new gameplay mechanics.
A key mechanic that isn’t immediately obvious in the trailer is the new Weapon Affinity system, similar to the Weapon Triangle from the Fire Emblem series. Weapons are now affiliated with one of three types, 天 (Heaven), 地 (Earth), and 人 (People), and each type is strong against one of the other two but is vulnerable to the remaining one. So a character armed with a “Heaven” type weapon would have an advantage over another character armed with a “People” type, but would be at a disadvantage against one armed with an “Earth” type weapon.
This system is also key to several other features that will be in the game; the new Storm Rush attack allows you to launch a quick series of attacks that will break an opponent’s guard as long as you have a weapon type advantage, while the Variable Counter allows you to counter enemy attacks while switching weapons if your enemy is the one with the advantage.
In addition to the above, there’s also mention of a True Awakening mode that alters your Musou, but the requirements to activate it have yet to be revealed.
The trailer also shows off the smartphone pouches that you can get for pre-ordering the game (one of the 4 will be included for every pre-ordered copy of the game), as well as a list of the goodies that come with the Treasure Box edition of the game (namely, the original soundtrack, a 3D Crystal (LED Stand) and an illustration book). Those who manage to get their hands on the first print of the game will also receive download codes to get costumes for Zhao Yun and Sun Shang Xiang based on their appearance in Sangokushi 12 .
Dynasty Warriors 8/Shin Sangoku Musou 7 is scheduled to be released on 28 February 2013.