While the announcement trailer didn’t show any gameplay, it’s safe to assume that there won’t be any of the kingdom management mechanics that – due to the plot of the original material – were featured in almost every installment of Three Kingdoms. It’s unclear if you’ll be able to customize your appearance or if you’ll experience the story of a fully constructed character like in Sekiro.
A press release had something more to say about the fight. The player masters various Chinese martial arts styles and sword fighting strategies to harness a mysterious “power from within”. Apparently, the combat involves styles based on “Wuxing,” a traditional philosophical concept that divides the world into five elements, or “five phases”: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. It’s unclear if these elements are simply names for themed movesets, or if the player will be reenacting the elemental martial arts from the Avatar animated series, but it appears that Wo Long will expand on the traditional Soulslike combat system to include it adjust his attitude.
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty evolves into an unexpected yet deeply compelling mix of genres that shakes up the established Three Kingdoms world.