It’s April 8th, and it’s Friday! It’s time kicking in the front seat, and playing your Dynasty Warriors 7 – we we we so excited, gonna have fun fun fun fun and looking forward to the weekend! Rebecca Black is a genius, period. By the way, Dynasty Warriors 7 is available in stores now, and as you might probably have heard and seen from the reviews, tweets and comments, they’re almost all positive. That means when everyone says it’s a good game, then yes, it is a good game.
Today, I’m going to share my Dynasty Warriors 7 journey with you from the day it announced (when I was at Tokyo Game Show 2010 in Japan) – and yes, I was the one who first took the picture the stage announcement pictures and revealed to the media for them to use it. I would start this from September 2010 (the time when the title has actually confirmed and announced) instead of telling you what’s happening in the early development stage because I didn’t get involved much for the development part.
(The 10th Anniversary)
So back in Tokyo Game Show 2010, Thursday morning, I’ve been told that the producer, Mr. Akihiro Suzuki would have an announcement on stage during this 10th anniversary of Dynasty Warriors, I was waiting on the PlayStation booth for at least 2 hours standing in the crowd to wait with sweat so I wouldn’t miss anything out. No one was allowed to take any picture back then because it was all blocked (that’s why you didn’t see any coverage from other media apart using my pictures) but I thought it would be such a waste if I didn’t take some, thus I did it in Chin’s way to take some sneaky pictures and make some tweets about it, it’s efficient and I did it in the right way.
This trailer was shown during the presentation as well. The trailer was in the loop movie at TECMO KOEI booth on the day after throughout the weekend. People weren’t that happy the title being PlayStation 3 exclusive in Japan. But at that time, we hadn’t confirmed for the oversea releases yet.
You can also watch the booth tour video here. We have Marko there explains why Dynasty Warriors 7 is known as 6th installment (not 7th in Japan) and you can also see the board that revealed the conference would be on October 26, 2010.
(Characters revealed – Xiahou Dun, Zhen Ji, Lu Xun, Zhou Tai, Zhao Yun, Bao Sanniang, Sima Shi, Sima Zhao – 8 characters confirmed.)
The press conference was held in Japan with the introduction of the new characters and the new kingdom “Jin” with the Sima Zhao gameplay. I still remember some of my friends in UK woke up 5am in the morning just to watch the conference live. You can see the conference video here with the gameplay of Sima Zhao. The game was still in development back then. But before that, the 10th anniversary Dynasty Warriors site has some sort of puzzle game that teases users with the 8 character images.
On the October 30th, we had a stage presentation in London MCM Expo with the announcement of Dynasty Warriors 7 release in oversea on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 (Japan remains as PlayStation 3 exclusive) – this was such a big hit and so happy that our TECMO KOEI family enjoyed it.
It’s also the first time we revealed this trailer before it’s officially revealed to public. Look at the audience! It’s our first time for doing this and I’m really proud of being one of the warriors and this community is indeed the best yet.
(Characters revealed – Cao Cao, Xiahou Dun, Cai Wenji, Lu Meng, Ling Tong, Da Qiao, Xing Cai, Ma Chao, Wang Yuanji, Zhuge Dan – 18 characters confirmed.)
The new info has been revealed bits by bits from the press and the Japanese official site, while I was sitting in the office testing the game, was concerning about how the game could come out with.
We had attended to Memorabilia show in Birmingham to make this special “Dynasty Warriors 10th Anniversary” video of “Dynasty Warriors Is My Life!” – sharing the love around!
(Characters revealed – Cao Ren, Ding Feng, Zhou Yu, Sun Ce, Huang Zhong, Jiang Wei, Ma Dai, Sima Yi, Deng Ai, Zhong Hui, Guo Huai, Meng Huo, Zhu Rong – 31 characters confirmed.)
The new info revealed once every 2 weeks as usual. But in December, we launched the English site before the Christmas in 5 languages in Europe, as well as the English logo.
Something happened this month while someone hacked into the www.dynastywarriors7.eu server and leaked out Xiahou Ba in the very end of December, that’s why he was revealed few weeks earlier than its actual schedule.
(Characters revealed: Jia Xu, Dian Wei, Zhang Liao, Zhang He, Taishi Ci, Sun Shang Xiang, Xiao Qiao, Yue Ying, Zhuge Liang, Liu Bei, Liu Chan, Xiahou Ba, Yuan Shao, Zhang Jiao, Dong Zhuo – 46 characters confirmed.)
The announcement was made that KinKi Kids would be getting involved and singing the theme song for Shin Sangoku Musou 6 in Japan.
Pre-order bonus and Treasure Box have been announced in Japan. Nothing much happened this part (apart from the massive character roaster announcement), and I was playing Jin’s story mode and really got into it on how well it is.
The packshot of Dynasty Warriors 7 for oversea had been decided this month as well (yes, that one of Zhao Yun which was first revealed in London MCM Expo – it was a bit rush and we didn’t manage to get some newer asset in time) – The Japanese packshot (the logo in the blue background was revealed this month as well.)
(Characters revealed: Cao Pi, Xu Zhu, Lian Shi, Sun Quan, Sun Jian, Zhang Fei, Guan Yu, Guan Ping, Guan Suo, Lu Bu – 56 characters confirmed.)
By giving this a final boost, the producer of Dynasty Warriors 7 announced about the DLC with the costumes from Dynasty Warriors 3, 4, 5 would be available for Dynasty Warriors 7. He also announced about the DLC that consists of old stages, new weapons and BGM. Many have also questioned about the Dynasty Warriors characters that have their nipples removed, I don’t know what’s the reason behind this, I do miss having Gan Ning’s nipples back in Dynasty Warriors 5 when he’s topless…
We had attended to Midlands MCM Expo to do a little promotion with the leaflets giveaway. But please get prepared, because I don’t look very nice in the picture.
The Japanese trailers for Jin, Wei, Wu and Shu have been released this month (weekly basis) as well. I’m glad they have made the trailer for each kingdom (it’s a shame that there’s no English version for this!)
The English gameplay of Dynasty Warriors 7 had been released on the GDC event as well.
I’ve also made friends with @koeitecmogames and the music composers, such as MASA and Kensuke Inage on Twitter by giving them feedback on how amazing they are. *morale boosting*
(Characters revealed: Xu Huang, Huang Gai, Gan Ning, Pang Tong, Wei Yan, Diao Chan – 62 characters confirmed in total.)
The game has been released in Japan on 10th and a slight delay in both North America and Europe. We were also working for the pre-order bonus in UK, which when you pre-ordered the game you would get a very rare exclusive limited kingdom pen of Dynasty Warriors 7. We have also announced the Japanese voice option would be available in English version of the game along with all the related DLC that has been released in Japan, release date TBC.
A lot of online activities had been done this month, the advertisement, the competition, the pre-order bonus, even the facebook upgrades with Dynasty Warriors 7 promotion in there.
In Japan, the team had been working with a comedy show and came out with Yoshimoto Musou project for the promotion with the live stream with the gameplay video and this was a blast.
You can check one of the sample videos here.
Earthquake and tsunami happened in Japan this month (2 days after Dynasty Warriors 7 released in Japan) – good news is, everyone in KOEI TECMO is safe; bad news is, it affects the economy as well as the DLC release for this title. Everything has been pushed back due to the disaster, this includes the release of the original soundtrack and some related Dynasty Warriors 7 merchandise.
Twitter trending for #DynastyWarriors7 has started now! You can trend #DynastyWarriors7 here @ bit.ly/dw7trend via your Twitter account, share the love, let the world know what you think about the game and be proud to be one of the warriors! The game has finally released and is available in stores today! You can see some coverage on KOEI facebook, and I hope you enjoy the game!
In Paris, our distributor had organized a “Dynasty Warriors Fan Day” which you can check the blog through here. I also would like to share one of the many good music in the game that everyone has recommended and was talking about, “The Last Battle” – check it out.
If you want to know more information about Dynasty Warriors 7, please visit the official site @ www.dynastywarriors7.eu and if you find any mistakes that I’ve made (even a tiny typo or grammar that you want me to fix), you can drop your comment or lemme know via @inspchin on Twitter. Sorry I was typing this in real quick so I believe there might be so English mistakes here and there. Apart from that, thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy the game! I’ve played this opening music of Dynasty Warriors 7 and it’s dedicated to all of you warriors, because you worth it – I love my iPhone and I love my warriors!
Closing Comment: I would say we didn’t get involved in too many outdoor activities for Dynasty Warriors 7 this time (as you can see apart from London Expo stage presentation, there’s really nothing else) compared to what we’ve done in the past for other titles, such as Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce (which I personally think it’s a shame, but then again, I understand that we had a lot of titles coming at that time and everyone was really busy). For Dynasty Warriors 7, most activities I’ve involved are mostly online based, to connect with the fans, which means it’s with a lot of online and social network involvement. From doing this, I’ve learned a lot from the fans by connecting, talking and even meeting them, I think it’s one of the new experience on another bright side.