- Dynasty Warriors 9 is a hack and slash game with stealth elements. The title will revamp the gameplay of the series with the introduction of the open world system.
- A traversable map of China will be implemented which can be freely roam by the players on foot, horseback or boat, though the game will focus on livable environments such as cities and towns as well as places where large battles take place.
- The characters' moveset combinations are also planned to be revised. Players can invade and infiltrate enemy fortifications with the utilization of a grappling hook.
- A day-night cycle and dynamic weather system will also feature in the game. Time and weather now change in real time, and enemy vision is affected at night-time or when it is raining.
- The map will advance in time when main story missions are completed, but are described as having a "high degree of difficulty" which can be lowered by completing associated side missions.