Next Dynasty Warriors Spin-Off Based On Berserk Manga

When it comes to lone mercenaries that feature in dark fantasy manga series, Guts is a fantastic name, don’t you think? He’s the co-protagonist of Berserk, see, a mature fantasy affair first published in 1989 that’s known for its adult themes and graphic violence. It includes a whole load of murderin’ basically, which is why developers Omega Force’s decision to base their next Dynasty Warriors spin-off on Guts’ exploits seems to make sense. It’s out later this year and now has the teasiest of teaser trailers:

Not much in the way of, well, anything there, but the cinematic does at least set a pretty dark tone – one which will undoubtedly be weaved into the game itself.

Since inception, the Berserk series has dabbled in television adaptations and has entered the world of videogames on a few occasions: in Sword of the Berserk: Guts’ Rage for the Dreamcast in 1999; the Japan-exclusive Berserk Millennium Falcon Arc: Chapter of the Record of the Holy Demon War for the PlayStation 2 in 2004; and in Dragon’s Dogma via armour and weaponry DLC. That last one was exclusive to console players though (*frowns*), so it’ll be nice to see our Guts doing his thing on PC (*smiles*).

Alongside the trailer teased at E3, publisher Koei Tecmo described Berserk as the “the most lethal Warriors game” to date. I guess we can decide for ourselves when Berserk arrives later this year.

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24 Comments

  1. dorobo says:

    Omg fkn Koei gonna slap their formula on and ruin berserk..

    • Emeraude says:

      Yeah, can’t say I find the Dynasty Warrior formula really fits the mood.

      Oh, well, we’ll see.

      • nrinaudo says:

        Well, I don’t know. I didn’t think the musou formula fit the Hokuto no Ken mood, either, and the game (at least the first one) turned out to be spectacular, silly fun.

        And if they’re going for the golden age arc, which seems likely, then it’s a *perfect* fit for the musou formula – a small band of elite mercenaries taking on vastly larger forces, with a few overpowered heroes on both sides – Guts, Griffith, Zodd…

        I think I just talked myself into being unreasonably excited for this game.

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      hemmer says:

      Too late! There’s already AT LEAST one Berserk game that is terrible. Too lazy to search engine my way to exact numbers and facts but they’re late to the party when it comes to ruining Berserk in any case.

      On the other hand, who cares? Said game is quite old now and ruined neither the manga nor anime for me. *shrugs*

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    Syt says:

    I was rather hoping for a FromSoftware Berserk game. I mean, the Dark Souls series was already heavily inspired by its lok and feel, so it would be natural.

    • A Gentleman and a Taffer says:

      Yeah i was going to say wasn’t Dark Souls Beserk:The Game?

    • Ulaxes says:

      Ha! That would’ve been an excellent fit.

      Still, after getting distracted about Quake, Prey and Dishonored 2 the whole day, I just realized how cool this game can become.

      There will be guts.

    • Razumen says:

      Guts kills demons with much more ease though, so aside from the aesthetics, it doesn’t really fit into the typical Soul’s gameplay, which is much more tenacious with less enemies per fight.

  3. Solidstate89 says:

    I mean, it could be good. One of the best scenes from the TV show as well as the movie is when Guts takes on like 100-150 soldiers in the war against Tudor and just massacres the lot of them.

    That one man wrecking machine is very “Dynasty Warriors” in theme.

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      Syt says:

      Can’t comment on the TV show or movie, but in the manga such scenes were not commonplace. It’s core combat has much more in common with Dark Soul’s boss fights (huge/bizarre enemies going through various phases and requiring timing/skill to beat). Not something I associate with the Dynasty Warriors series so far. Mass combat does occur in the Berserk manga, but it’s far from the main focus.

      • Solidstate89 says:

        It was only the one scene – he became known as “The Hundred Man Killer” after that. I never read the manga, but I know for a fact that scene was in there. It was the final act of when he and Casca were separated from their group and trying to survive by themselves.

        But as said, that’s the only one I can think of that would actually thematically fit.

    • dorobo says:

      It’s not gonna be good i promise you. It’s gonna be a reskin basically with hundred enemies doing identical death animation at the exact same time :) That’s just what they do and on top of that they will put the highest price in the whole steam for a game expecting to scoop up some money fast from gullible muricans.

  4. Ashabel says:

    Unconvinced. The core charm of Berserk is in the quiet moments of tension and horror, as well as its world-building. The action in it is largely too quick and passing to Musou up properly.

    Dark Souls III was practically the Berserk game in terms of both mood and visuals, the latter of which were often outright copy/pasted from the manga. I hope Koei is ready to go up against that particular whale.

    • Eight Rooks says:

      Yeah, no. Given the imagery they’re using for the teaser, I’m guessing any story elements will be from early on, and regardless of how many panels they take up the action – battles, castle sieges, one-on-one fighting – is unquestionably a huge part of the appeal.

      I’m not arguing that the manga isn’t worth reading for the other stuff – it totally is. Some of the art in later volumes when they’re mostly just wandering around Looking at Things is downright Ghibli-esque. But it’s a very, very obvious candidate for a Musou game.

      That being said, while it doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the actual game, I am not thrilled that Tecmo Koei thought the best way to pitch a teaser would be to take the sequence where the most prominent female character is raped/loses her mind and play it up for hur hur hur boobs. The manga doesn’t even go that far, despite how horrific it is.

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        Syt says:

        I’ve recently re-read the manga, and that scene is pretty horrific/graphic/gratuitous (including multiple positions) in the book. Then again the series has an amount of boobs, nudity, and borderline pornography (where you can just not see the jiggly bits) that would be hard to accomodate in a mainstream video game.

        • Ashabel says:

          Yeah, the sheer amount of titillation in the Eclipse scene is why it remains the most infamous and thoroughly criticized scene in the entire manga. Yes, the context of that scene is horrific, but the art itself is very “hurr hurr boobs” for the most part.

          All the fans I know personally are thankful that Miura never tried anything like it again.

          • nrinaudo says:

            I take it you’ve not read the bit with the trolls and their breeding pit then?

          • Eight Rooks says:

            It’s far from blameless, but it’s hardly typical shounen T&A (Gantz, for example) either. I dunno, it’s been a while, but I don’t remember getting quite that impression from the manga, while that teaser could have been set to bow-chicka-bow-bow guitar and it wouldn’t have seemed out of place.

      • Ashabel says:

        I dunno, I’m re-reading Berserk right now and it’s really not any louder than an average Souls game. The first major story arc is the Count one, and it really only has three big fights interspersed by long scenes of exploration, investigation and exposition. It would fit perfectly as a Souls game or as a Witcher clone (especially since much like Geralt, Guts is his world’s only real monster hunter), but a Musou game sounds like it would miss half of the good parts.

        Most of the major battles and sieges happen during the Golden Age and I swear, if I have to sit through Golden Age again, then I will fly to Japan and kick burning puppies into the windows of Miura’s apartment. It’s been adapted and re-adapted to the point of nausea at this point.

        • Babymech says:

          Playing as Griffith would be pretty neat. And would cause a lot of cognitive dissonance for fans of the series.

          • Ashabel says:

            Playable Griffith would have been an interesting social experiment a decade ago, back when the story was more obscure and not everyone would know his real role in the plot. It would fall somewhat flat these days, though.

            Also, you underestimate how many younger fans are ready to swear up and down that he’s totally doing the right thing.

  5. Robomonk says:

    Like what some of the others have said, I can’t quite see a Berserk game that is like Dynasty Warriors.

    I would have preferred if they went down the Witcher 3 route – in terms of adventure, action and RPG elements, mix in with Dark Souls combat mechanics maybe. Imagine being able to roam around the world of Berserk and hire a band of fighters to join you in your journey.

  6. Necrourgist says:

    I’ve seen enough…things…to know where *this* trailer is going hurr hurr hurr /s

    I never played a Tecmo Koei game and i do not plan to do so now.

    Wake me up when Berserk get’s his how Skyrim/The Witcher/Dark Souls/Heck even Dragon Age/Ye Olde Forgotten Realms style game.