In October 2021, Koei Tecmo founder Kou Shibasawa announced that Team Ninja was working on a video game set in the Three Kingdoms period, and a few days ago, during the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase, we found out that it is a new soulslike titled Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty. Producer Masaaki Yamagiwa spoke about this new project during an interview, particularly focusing on the much-discussed issue of difficulty.
“Difficult games shouldn’t be for free; I think it’s essential that the difficulty exists to ensure the player a sense of fulfillment when obstacles are overcome,” explained Yamagiwa. “I think players always have to blame themselves when their character dies, but for this to happen, the game always has to be fair, and its difficulty never unreasonable. From this point of view, I can count on not being a very skilled player, so it is natural for me to analyze the correctness of a game “.
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, however, will not be a simple game; indeed, it will be in line with the other experiences of Team Ninja, such as Nioh and Nioh 2 . “Creating a complex game has been our goal from the beginning,” explains Yamagiwa, “with all the legendary heroes known from the Three Kingdoms period it may seem trivial, but the reality is that it was a time of war and devastation. A dark period in which people constantly fought is a perfect backdrop for a soulslike. […] Being set in China, Wo Long is bigger than previous games, set in Japan, which allowed us to show an even more dark and severe world. The same can be said for the difficulty: there is no doubt that the challenge level will be very high, but we have found new ways to allow the player to approach that difficulty. From this point of view, players can expect a kind of satisfaction that was not present in previous Team Ninja games. “
FromSoftware tackled the difficult problem by introducing several aids into its Elden Ring, quickly becoming the studio’s biggest hit. Just as in the Interregnum, there is the possibility to invoke and use specters and incredibly powerful weapons to defeat the bosses more easily. Also, there should be some help in this new title, or at least this seems to suggest the Producer when he speaks of “new ways to approach. the difficulty “. To find out, we have to wait for the launch of the game, set for the beginning of 2023 on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, and PC.