Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate, the updated re-release of the 2018 original, has announced its sixth of seven new characters that will be added to the game.
The newest announced character is Yang Jian, a “genius Taoist” who’s joined by his giant pet pupper Xiaotian. Yang Jian fights with a glaive, and has access to various water magic to cut down his foes. The trailer shows him raining down bolts of water on people like arrows, summoning a dragon made of water, and having Xiaotian pounce and create water explosions.
Like most characters in Warriors Orochi 4, Yang Jian is from another game series entirely. Specifically, he’s from Fengshen Yanyi, a series of strategy games based on Chinese novel The Investiture of the Gods. While the main series has never left Japan, its action game spin-off Mystic Heroes did. While Yang Jian was in Mystic Heroes, he was renamed Captain Dax by localization. Yang Jian also appeared in Saiyuki: Journey West, a strategy game based on Journey to the West. Once again, localization changed his name, this time to Jiro Shingun.
While the original Warriors Orochi 4 was meant to be just a mash up of characters from both the Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors series, the Ultimate version adds in some characters from Koei Tecmo’s other series. In addition to Greek god Hades and Greek titan Gaia, we’ll also see Ninja Gaiden‘s Ryu Hayabusa, Bladestorm: The Hundred Years’ War‘s Joan of Arc, and Warriors: Legends of Troy‘s Achilles joining the playable roster.
Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate will be launching on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on February 14th, 2020. The game will be available as either paid DLC for owners of the original, or as a stand-alone purchase.
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