Friday, 20 December 2013

Whats in store for the Warriors series?

In an interview with Famitsu magazine a few weeks ago, Tecmo Koei’s vice president Hisashi Koinuma talked about some next generation ideas that he's been considering for future entries in the Warriors series and what possibilities could be in store for the popular series:

Famitsu asks about what could be in store for the next generation of Tecmo Koei’s Warriors games as development moves forward onto the next generation of consoles.

  • “On the subject of possibilities and new introductions, I believe that an open world Warriors game, or an RPG that utilizes a Warriors system would be quite interesting,” says Koinuma. “Also, we’ve acquired the knowhow of hunting-action games after developing Toukiden, so a Warriors game combined with elements of a hunting-action game would also be a possibility.”
  •  “One more thing: while much remains unknown for the time being, by utilizing the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One’s next-generation specs, I believe that it might even be possible to come up with new game elements that have yet to be seen.”

Famitsu asks if there are any things that Koinuma has personally always wanted to try.
  • “Up until now, the movements of troops in the background of the Warriors games have been simulated in a rather simple way,” says Koinuma. “However, if we could fully simulate it all together, I believe that the strategic elements would see a major improvement, and the fights would be much more fun on a whole other level. Also, when the time comes that we start working on a new game for next-generation consoles, I’d like to thoroughly focus on the landscapes of the game,” he adds. “By adding more destroyable objects, I believe it could be fun to take things in a more realistic direction.”
Famitsu end the interview by asking him to share a message for the fans. 
  • “By continuing to pursuit the respective niches of our three major brands, we here at Tecmo Koei will continue aiming for new challenges,” shares Koinuma. “With this principle in mind, we’ve been working hard everyday on the development of a new IP. We’ll continue releasing games from our popular series, just as we’d like all our fans to continue enjoying them, so please look forward to our next developments.”

While the Warriors series is perfectly fine the way it is, some of these ideas do sound intrigueing. A hunting style Warriors games does sound a little odd to me though, but it could be a lucrative entry for the franchise if it manages to tap into the Monster-Hunter market successfully. Personally Im looking forward to whats in store for Dynasty Warriors 9 as the talk of improving landscapes, destructible environments & improving background troop movements to create a more strategic battle sounds like a great direction to go. There was no mention of Hyrule Warriors, but then with this interview being a couple of weeks old & the Nintendo Direct was only the other day, its understandable. Sounds like fans of the Warriors franchise could be in for quite an interesting generation.

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