Tecmo Koei Talks about Hyrule Warriors Breathing Life into the Warriors Franchise

To us, Hyrule Warriors is one of the most fulfilling games in the Warriors franchise, and it’s not just because the associated fan-service; it’s because it’s a genuinely polished action game with great customization and some thrilling boss battles. And it would seem that quite a few people felt the same way, seeing as sales have been pretty strong for the title overall, especially for a Wii U game. It should not be shocking, then, that Tecmo Koei has weighed in on the situation, noting that bringing their venerable series to the lands of Hyrule has done much to freshen up a franchise that, producer Akihiro Suzuki says, has been declining in terms of sales over the years.

This is delightful news, as it could mean more crossover games utilizing the Warriors template. We already know that Dragon Quest Heroes resembles the Warriors setup — though it’s more of an ode to Trinity: Souls of Zill O’ll in that it’s less hack-and-slash specific, and more about adventure, exploration, and RPG-esque mechanics — so it’s likely that we’ll get more of them. It’d be wonderful to see a Star Wars take, especially!

Nevertheless, for a look at what Suzuki had to say specifically, scope the quote below. And if you haven’t checked it out, it may be high-time to give Hyrule Warriors a test-drive. You probably won’t be disappointed.

Over the years we’ve seen a sales decline. The Dynasty Warriors series is targeted towards the core fans. But we’ve had a few collaborations recently that have given the franchise a second wind because they’ve brought in new fans that hadn’t given Dynasty Warriors a chance. So Hyrule Warriors gave the series some freshness. Now our task is to keep the new players happy now that they’ve had a chance to play. But overall with the franchise, we need to keep it fresh, both the Dynasty Warriors and the Samurai Warriors brands.