Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty (opens in a new tab), Team Ninja’s mythological and grasshopper follow-up project, has been given a release date. Players will be able to cut a beam through Wo Long’s Han Dynasty China on March 3, 2023 “via Windows and Steam,” according to an announcement on the game’s Twitter page.
#WoLongFallenDynasty will be available on March 3, 2023, worldwide on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, on PC via Windows and Steam®, and will be available day one with Xbox Game Pass on console and Computer! Get all game details here – https://t.co/tJXCYth9RH pic.twitter.com/5MkUeyt1vAOctober 26, 2022
Developed alongside Dynasty Warriors creator Koei Tecmo, Wo Long bills itself as a “dark fantasy Three Kingdoms masocore game,” and we’ve gotten our first glimpse. (opens in a new tab) of it during the summer exhibition of Microsoft in June this year. It looks, well, like a pretty unpleasant time to be living in: grasshoppers scuttle over corpses, smoke rises from burning villages, and everywhere you look burly men are swinging sticks at each other. In other words, it looks a lot like Nioh with a dash of Dynasty Warriors-style bombast, which makes sense.
We’ve been intrigued by what we’ve seen of Wo Long so far, with August’s gameplay trailer (opens in a new tab) especially sharpening our wuxia whistle with its beautiful environments and abundant inventory of historical Chinese weapons.
The game received a limited time demo (opens in a new tab) (now sadly finished) in September, and responses to it were generally positive. The demo didn’t do much to show off the game’s story—it dropped you into its game world with little more than a great sword and a dream—but gave everyone a taste of its combat. It was pretty Souls-y: you’ll have to play smart and watch your enemies for openings, but it also asks you to balance caution and aggression to manage your spirit bar, which works a bit like Sekiro’s posometer.
Even if you haven’t had a chance to try the demo, it’s not like you’ll have to wait long. March is only 4(ish) months away, at which point you too will have a chance to “overcome the odds by awakening the true power from within”, which I honestly feel like I’m trying to do most days anyway. To keep up with updates, you can check out the game’s Steam page (opens in a new tab) and Twitter account (opens in a new tab).