Over the past couple of years, there have been a variety of crossovers between Koei Temco’s Dynasty Warriors games and other beloved franchises. If you’re a Persona 5 fan, you’ve probably heard about Persona 5 Scramble, which launched in Japan earlier this year for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The crossover takes the world of Persona 5 and turns it into a hack-and-slash adventure game. While these types of games aren’t exactly known to be intellectually challenging, they typically offer large casts of characters, flashy special moves, and the satisfaction of laying waste to huge swaths of enemies.
This type of “crowd combat” game first rose to popularity through Dynasty Warriors 2 back in 2000. Since then, Koei Temco has released seven more Dynasty Warriors games based loosely around the Chinese historical text Records of the Three Kingdoms. The company has also taken the series’ formula and applied it to other IPs, the first of which was Dynasty Warriors Gundam in 2007. Since then, there have been several spin-off Warriors titles, crossing over with series like One Piece, The Legend of Zelda, Fire Emblem, and Berserk. Hisashi Koinuma, the president of Koei Temco, has even expressed interest in a Star Wars crossover. With this in mind, what other Dynasty Warriors games would we like to see?
Dynasty Warriors has already crossed over with previous manga titles, so why not one of the most popular ones around? JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure is known to have a vast and colorful cast of characters, so Koei Temco would have no problems filling out the roster for the game. Additionally, all the characters in JoJo possess their own unique attacks and abilities that could easily be translated in-game. It would be funny if players could just tokio tomare (stop time) on a bunch of enemies and proceed to drop a road roller on top of them.
The game’s story mode could roughly follow the current JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure plot, although the developers might have to take some artistic liberties in some fight scenes. JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure‘s unique art style would also set it apart from other Dynasty Warriors games.
This is another exceptionally popular series, and one further boosted by the success of the Final Fantasy VII Remake. On paper, the Final Fantasy series would probably make the smoothest transition to a Dynasty Warrior game since much of Final Fantasy‘s gameplay involves grinding for XP.
A Warriors-type game would also have no shortage of characters to pull from for its cast, as the Final Fantasy series is loaded with memorable characters. We could see Cloud, Tifa, Noctis, Lighting, Black Mage and more fighting together. It would also be really cool to see how the Final Fantasy protagonists interact with each other in some kind of story mode. Additional Final Fantasy elements that could make the game more unique could include things like Limit Breaks as supers for characters and damage numbers on every hit, a nod to typical Final Fantasy combat. Developers could also add Chocobos to ride in-game, as opposed to the typical horses from Dynasty Warriors.
Fullmetal Alchemist would make for another interesting crossover with Dynasty Warriors since a lot of the combat would involve alchemy. Dynasty Warriors is no stranger to magical combat, but alchemy combat would be completely novel and intriguing. It would be cool to see characters like Edward Elric use alchemy to summon a lance or arm blade at will in the middle of combat. Additionally, he could use alchemy to reach higher ground or launch long-range attacks. That goes for all the alchemy users in the series like Alphonse, Scar, and Izumi.
Fullmetal Alchemist has a diverse cast of characters who utilize their own form of combat, such as swords, fists, fire, guns, and daggers. Playing as the homunculi would offer a unique form of fighting too, since they all have their own “ultimate” abilities. In terms of basic enemies, the map would probably consist of the “immortal soldiers” that appear towards the end of the show or the soldiers from Central.
The BlazBlue series has typically been a 2D anime fighter for its entire lifespan, so it would be nice to see it branch out to a new style of game. BlazBlue has a plethora of different characters, from squirrel girls to psychotic edge-lords, all with their own fighting style. For instance, Ragna the Bloodedge uses a combination of his fists, feet, sword, and scythe to punish his foes, all of which would translate well into a Warriors game.
Fans would finally get the 2D attacks translated into a 3D environment. Developers could also integrate the “Overdrive” mechanic into the game by powering up characters and enhancing their “Drive” attacks. Also unique to the BlazBlue series is the “Astral Finish,” a spectacle of attacks that basically lets players instantly win. This could be implemented in the game as well, albeit only under certain conditions.
Dynasty Warriors has crossed over with many other beloved franchises over the years. Here are some other series we'd like to see adapted.